Year of the aggressive crop fungicide program

Crop diseases. Yeah, Georgia farmers are used to them. All Southern farmers know them well. But 2013 is stacking up to be one of those benchmark years. "It's been a tremendous year for disease. The amount of rainfall we've had has led to more infection, more spread of the disease and makes it more difficult to get into the field. ... Rain storms are coming so quick sometimes it (fungicides) gets washed off before it has a chance to dry," said Bob Kemerait, University of Georgia Extension plant pathologist.

Kemerait talks with Farm Press associate editor Brad Haire about the year so far and what corn, peanut and cotton farmers need to be thinking about now to protect their crops as harvest season looms.

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