MANA Crop Protection has launched its white mold disease information Web site called WhiteMoldInfo.com. Developed to aid soybean growers with disease management information specific to this yield-robbing fungal condition, MANA Crop Protection says content posted on the Web site is highly relevant for the 2012 growing season.
Soybean growers who farm in geographies on high alert for a 2012 white mold break are encouraged to utilize the online resource to glean insights about disease profile, proliferation conditions and trends, along with recommendations for preventative control strategies. Upon accessing the site, growers have the option to sign up for weekly in-season updates, which will deliver scouting guidelines and disease management tips alongside field reports and climate news as it relates to white mold on soybeans. Weekly updates will be delivered to participating growers via email correspondence beginning the first week of May 2012.
Over the years, white mold has progressed from a sporadic, localized disease, to what is now considered an annual threat in many soybean-producing areas. Caused by a soil fungus called Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, white mold's ability to rapidly develop is most influenced by prevailing weather and agronomic practices common to soybean production. One certainty about white mold, is that left untreated, losses can be significant in a single growing season.
Specific to the white mold Web site, growers will expand their knowledge via: when and how to scout for white mold disease; how to minimize risk and potential spreading of white mold between fields; economic impact that white mold can have soybean yields; systematic approaches to control through preventative planning; selective fungicide recommendations; and critical timing and application requirements when using a selective fungicide for white mold control.