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Timing of Strobilurin Fungicide for Control of Top Dieback in Corn

E. Adee and S. Duncan

July 2017


Significant yield losses can result from top dieback (TDB) in dent corn (Zea mays L.), which is caused by infection by the fungus Colletotrichum graminicola, which also causes anthracnose. Research on the effectiveness of fungicide application is limited because of the unpredictable nature of the disease. Three field studies were established to assess the timing of fungicide application for foliar diseases that developed TDB, one in Illinois (2010) and the other two in Kansas (2015 and 2016). Fungicide applications at tasseling and later were effective in reducing the incidence of TDB by over 20% and increasing yield over 900 kg/ha, or over 7%, while earlier applications (V5 to V8) did not reduce TDB nor increase yield compared with the untreated check.


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