Source: Pioneer

Last season, white mold ravaged many soybean fields, and this growing season, weather conditions in late July and early August may determine if the fungus will threaten fields again in 2010, say experts at Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business.

"White mold prefers cool, damp conditions," said Martin Fabrizius, Pioneer research scientist, Redwood Falls, Minn. "Temperatures were below average in July 2009, and the worst infections occurred in areas with significant moisture, especially in northeast Iowa, southeastern Minnesota, Wisconsin and northern Illinois."

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