INDIANAPOLIS — Dark brown leaf spots. Loose kernels. Spongy ears. Tar spot is striking fear in a growing number of fields across the Corn Belt. The bright spot for farmers, however, is that there are ways to proactively manage the fast-spreading disease and now is the best time to prepare.
“This is the first season where tar spot has shown up in a noticeable way in western Iowa,” said Tony Moellers, Retail Product Agronomist for the Brevant® seeds brand. “With seed selection for 2023 top of mind, farmers should prepare now for increased pressure next season and select hybrids with genetic protection to give their fields a better chance against the disease.”
After its debut in eastern Midwest states, tar spot is quickly moving west. Alongside ag retail, agronomists for the Brevant seeds brand advise farmers to put tar spot at the top of the list of considerations for 2023 corn seed.
Here are two ways to tackle tar spot next season:
Farmers have become skilled at tackling known corn diseases over the years, but tar spot is still new to many U.S. fields, and it is aggressive. Don’t find out the hard way in 2023. Together with tolerant corn hybrids, fungicides help protect yield potential during grain fill stages and the critical dry down period. For more information about managing tar spot and which corn hybrids can help, visit your local ag retailer and visit Brevant.com/Articles/Tar-spot-ratings.
Brevant® seeds demonstrate agronomic strength in a Jefferson County, Wisconsin, field affected by tar spot.
Corn leaves infected with tar spot.
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