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For Best Results, Tackle Peanut Diseases from All Angles

April 24, 2023
Mature peanut plant

Mature peanut plant

The warm, humid climate in the Southeast can be a mixed bag for growers. On 1 hand, these conditions are ideal for producing high-yielding peanut crops. On the other, many diseases favor these conditions, creating an ongoing management challenge.

While their arrival time may vary, you can count on many of the same peanut diseases to show up year after year. Crop rotation is a key part of managing white mold, as Sclerotium rolfsii, its causal agent, remains in the soil between plantings and can quickly infest the next season’s crop. Leaf spot complex (early and late leaf spot) and Rhizoctonia are frequently found in fields as well. Without proper management, these diseases – especially together – can cause poor stands and drastically lower yields.

When planning disease management programs, weather conditions are an important consideration. Tropical conditions like hurricanes can keep you out of your field for days at a time and delay applications. To produce high-yielding peanut crops in these dynamic conditions, you need trusted solutions that offer flexibility. Proven fungicides with long-lasting protection are a must.

Miravis® fungicide, powered by Adepidyn® technology, provides excellent preventative protection from disease and is the longest lasting leaf spot product on the market, offering 21-28 days of control. Elatus® fungicide contains active ingredients Solatenol® and azoxystrobin, both of which provide preventative protection against soil-borne and foliar diseases, including white mold.

When used together, Miravis and Elatus provide one of the strongest long-lasting, broad-spectrum disease control available. We recommend applying these fungicides around 60 days and again at 90 days after planting. This is the window when peanut plants are achieving their full growth potential and putting down pegs which will become pods. As an added bonus, Miravis and Elatus help you reduce trips across the field. A 5-spray fungicide program with Miravis and Elatus provides better disease control and significantly helps increase yield potential compared to traditional 6- and 7-spray programs.

For added insurance, Alto® 100 SL fungicide is a good choice to follow a Miravis and Elatus program. A powerful triazole, Alto provides curative control of a variety of plant diseases. Alto also offers flexible application timing and is tank-mix friendly, making it a convenient option that can be used under a variety of conditions.

A program that contains Miravis, Elatus and Alto will provide you with peace of mind that your fields are protected if – and when – Mother Nature decides to throw her curve balls.

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