News and Notes from SMBSC Research Director, Mark Bloomquist
We have had a variable crop due to the moisture conditions we’ve had all summer long. We are looking at starting our pre-pile harvest on Tuesday, Sept. 5th. We are continuing to fight Cercospora. It’s been a nemesis for us for several years in a row and our wet and humid weather conditions this past season have brought the disease on again. We are vigorously trying to stop it.
While Cercospora pressure is higher than it was in 2017, it still isn’t quite as bad as the 2016 growing season. In 2016, we had fields turning brown earlier in the season than we do right now. The variability of our crop this year has made the spraying a lot more difficult.