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Identify Verticillium Wilt to Prevent Potato Early Dying

December 22, 2017
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Verticillium wilt is a disease caused by the soilborne Verticillium dahlia fungus, and is a major cause of potato early death. Identifying the fungus early can help ensure healthy fields and a high-yielding potato crop.

The disease causes wilt, stunted plants, necrosis, and crop loss, but early identification can help growers avoid damaged crops in subsequent years. V. dahlia can live in soil for up to 15 years, with its effects worsening over time. Once the fungus is in a field, it is very difficult to control, so take preventive measures, such as planting resistant varieties. Controlling other host plants, planting clean seeds, and treating with fungicides can also help prevent Verticillium wilt.

Elatus® fungicide can now be used under a 2ee recommendation to aid growers in the fight against Verticillium wilt.  As the only in-furrow technology that contains a proven strobilurin and third generation SDHI fungicide, Elatus provides built-in resistance management. The disease control offered by Elatus can help improve emergence, establish a more uniform crop stand, enhance crop health, and optimize distribution of tuber size.

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