By Brian Oachs, CHS Agronomy Sales Representative
Last year, a number of areas within our trade territory had the ideal conditions for white mold, with wet and humid weather conditions. If you’re wondering how to reduce your risk of white mold, keep the below tips in mind as you make your plans for 2018.
- Identify which fields you saw white mold in last year and the year prior. Sclerotia, the fungus that causes white mold, can survive in soybean residue and in the soil, making it important to note where it has existed in the past.
- Give consideration to your crop rotation. If white mold is a big issue on specific acres, consider giving an extra year before you plant soybeans on those acres again.
- Make your soybean selection carefully. Choose a bean with a higher white mold tolerance, or look for a plant that growers taller with less foliage to trap in moisture.
- Plant in wider rows. Greater row spacing allows for more air movement between the plants, decreasing the environment that white mold thrives in.
- Consider fungicide or herbicide applications, as appropriate.
Concerned about the potential for white mold on your acres in 2018? Curious what seed options there are to help set your field up on the right foot? Contact your Agronomy Sales Representative for additional information.