MANA Crop Protection has started a white mold tracker for dry beans. It is at http://whitemoldinfo.com.
Dave Feist, project development leader for MANA Crop Protection, says WhiteMoldInfo.com was created to deliver highly relevant information to dry bean growers seeking disease management insight behind the complexities of white mold.
MANA Crop Protection markets Incognito fungicide, which can be used to control white mold.
"Growers who have dry beans in high alert areas for white mold are encouraged to utilize this resource to increase their knowledge of the disease's profile and proliferation trends, ways to minimize spreading between fields, evaluate its economic impact on yields, and learn preventative approaches to minimize risk. Also, growers can opt to receive a weekly email update which will give additional insights during the season along with regional planting progress and outbreak reports," Feist says.
Subscribers will receive reports beginning in early May and continuing through June. Weekly reports from MANA Crop Protection will be sent to growers via email.
Farmers who subscribe will be registered to qualify for a Grand Prize drawing for a $1,000 certificate, or one of two Runner-Up Prize drawings for a $500 certificate at Acme Tools. Random selection for each prize will occur at the conclusion of the program with winners notified by June 30, 2012.
White mold typically shows up in early summer about the time dry bean plants begin to bloom. It thrives in cool temperatures alongside moisture-rich soil conditions caused by heavy spring rains. Hosted by a lush crop canopy, the environment can become "a perfect storm" for the disease to infect a field.
Sam Markell, North Dakota State University Extension plant pathologist, says white mold should be on every grower's radar.
There is still plenty of white mold inoculum in the soil, making it necessary to take precautions to minimize the disease risk in 2012, he says.
While Markell raises a flag of caution to potential outbreaks this year, Feist reminds growers that management practices including the use of disease-resistant varieties, crop rotation, expanded use of tillage, and adoption of selective inputs like Incognito fungicide, can aid in minimizing a white mold problem.
"White mold is not a typical disease where traditional management practices and generalized inputs are guaranteed to work as normally expected," Feist says. "There is no single factor that will prevent white mold from developing, especially on dry beans. Therefore, relying on a preventative approach to get ahead of the problem is the best defense strategy. Plus, educational resources like WhiteMoldInfo.com provide growers with sound advice for improved disease management success."
To learn more about white mold and disease management recommendations on dry beans, go to whitemoldinfo.com or call 866-406-6262. Information is also available on the MANA Crop Protection website at www.manainc.com.
Source: MANA Crop Protection