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Prepare for Threat of Leaf Spot in Peanuts

May 2, 2018
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Peanut growers across the Southeast experienced high disease pressure in 2017, a particularly challenging year for late leaf spot.

From a cultural practice standpoint, risk factors for late leaf spot include short rotations, late planting slots and susceptible varieties. Field history is an important factor in the development of the disease, so growers who had problems with late leaf spot in 2017 should be vigilant.

Growers can get ahead of leaf spot this season by utilizing resistant varieties, choosing appropriate fungicides and ensuring proper application timing when building disease management programs.

The Peanut Rx disease risk index, developed by researchers and extension specialists at the University of Georgia, the University of Florida, and Auburn University, allows growers to assess their risk to tomato spotted wilt, leaf spot diseases and white mold. Learn more here.

As part of a season-long management program in combination with sound cultural practices, Elatus® fungicide offers improved disease control to help maximize yield potential and protect quality.

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