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Syngenta receives EPA registration for Solatenol

Syngenta announced that its newest succinate dehydrogenase inhibitor (SDHI) fungicide – Solatenol – has received registration from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is now available in four product offerings, pending individual state registrations. Solatenol fungicide is now available for use by U.S. growers on a wide range of crops.

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Goss’ wilt marches east in Indiana

Goss’s wilt of corn, caused by the bacterium Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. nebraskensis, has been confirmed in several fields in northeast Indiana in 2015, making these the most eastern confirmations of the disease in the state to date. The disease has also been detected in northwest Indiana this year.

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Stopping Diplodia ear rot from spreading

Diplodia ear rot, caused by the fungus Stenocarpella maydis (formerly known as Diplodia maydis), has been observed in Kentucky corn fields the last couple of weeks. These observations are due to the frequent rainfall that occurred just before and throughout silking. Corn ears are most susceptible to infection by this ear rot fungus from beginning silking to approximately 3 weeks later.

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Afternoon Comments 12/19

Corn traders seem to be balancing positions before the weekend. Despite firm equity markets and a more stable currency situation, as well as more evidence of Russian government moves to curtail its wheat exports, the crop markets turned decidedly lower Thursday night. Corn futures followed wheat downward, but firmed later in the day when a private forecaster predicted reduced 2015 plantings. March corn futures closed 0.5 cent lower at $4.105/bushel Friday, while July skidded 0.25 to $4.26.

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