White mold management in soybeans educational meeting, March 6

Plant pathologists will present the latest information for predicting and managing white mold in soybeans.

The cool and wet weather that occurred during the 2014 growing season created ideal conditions for white mold development in soybeans. Although the disease was prevalent throughout Michigan, the Thumb region experienced the greatest losses, with some fields yielding less than 20 bushels per acre. To deter such losses in the future, the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee and Michigan State University Extension are cooperating to hold a White Mold Management in Soybeans educational meeting to help soybean producers in the Thumb area gain a better understanding of white mold and how to manage it in soybeans. The program will be held Friday, March 6, 2015, from 8-11:30 a.m. at the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center, 3775 South Reese Road, Frankenmuth, MI 48734.

Presenters from North Dakota State University and MSU will cover the following topics:

  • Predicting the risk of white mold on the basis of environmental conditions.
  • Managing white mold in soybeans – a North Dakota and global perspective.
  • Michigan white mold research results and management recommendations.
  • Equipping and operating sprayers for foliar fungicide applications.

Participants will earn two pesticide recertification credits.

The Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee is covering all costs, so there is no charge for the program. However, pre-registration is requested by registering online or calling 810-648-2515 ext. 301 before noon on Wednesday, March 4. Coffee, donuts and educational materials will be provided.

This article was produced by the SMaRT project (Soybean Management and Research Technology). The SMaRT project was developed to help Michigan producers increase soybean yields and farm profitability. The SMaRT project is a partnership between Michigan State University Extension and the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee.

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