Wet year brings disease challenges, more research

Published Jun 21, 2024

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A recent article, featuring insights from Dr. Damon Smith, a plant pathologist at the University of Wisconsin, highlights the challenges posed by an unusually wet spring weather pattern on agricultural practices, with a specific focus on crop diseases and the effectiveness of seed treatments. Smith has noted a significant increase in Pythium infections, a disease that thrives in wet conditions, across many fields. The extended periods of rainfall have also raised concerns about the efficacy of seed treatments, which are typically only effective for about 30 days post-planting. This situation has affected farmers greatly, leading them to seek expert assistance in identifying and managing these issues.
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A plant pathologist says the unusually wet spring has brought some crop disease challenges. Dr. Damon Smith from the University of Wisconsin tells Brownfield one disease has affected many fields. “Pythium has been showing up. Pythium is one of these organisms that we call a water mold, so in years where we get lots of rain, we have standing water, these are organisms that like those kind of conditions, so it’s not entirely surprising.” Smith says the large amounts of rainfall are also testing the effectiveness of seed treatments. “We’re getting some good seed treatment data this year, so again, if you’re making some decisions for 2025, I think there’s going to be some data out there in the late summer or this fall that folks can take a look ...
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