Channel Seedsman George Busse from Albert Lea, Minnesota, talks the best ways to prevent anthracnose stalk rot.
- One of the best ways to prevent anthracnose stalk rot is to have a clean tillage.
- If you are committed to a certain residue management, a good tip is to make sure you are planting differently to prevent anthracnose stalk rot.
What are your tips for preventing anthracnose stalk rot?
There are a couple of strategies that you can employ. I would say the first one is if you know that you have anthracnose on your farm, the best way to prevent it is to do what I call clean tillage. And if you can put fall tillage on or rotate from soybeans into corn and manage residue, you know, that's key. If you're committed to a residue management or, you have stewardship issues with erosion and then you have to plant differently, and your hybrid selection has to change. And so, when you select the product that you're going to plant on that field, keep in mind that strategy may include a fungicide, you know, early in the season along with a late-season fungicide. So maybe up to two applications.