More rain this week is keeping planting at a slow pace, but the spread of weeds and wheat diseases is underway. Brian Bush, with Dupont Pioneer, says central and southern Indiana wheat is entering the phase when disease is a serious issue. So he is recommending scouting your wheat fields now, “If you have wheat in the fields you need to be scouting. The central and southern Indiana wheat crops are entering the perfect time for fungicide application.” He noted that stripe rust has been identified in the Evansville area and is likely moving north.
The heavy rains this week have also given weeds a chance to get a good start. Bush urges growers to identify their weed problems and get their control programs ready, “We are starting to see a lot of water hemp and giant ragweed starting to pop out of the ground. It is important growers identify these weeds early and put together the right cocktail to control them.” He reminded growers that killing weeds when they are 2-4 inches is much easier than when they are taller.
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