Learn about white mold management in dry beans and soybeans March 6 in Frankenmuth

Upcoming program will highlight new information about managing white mold in dry beans and soybeans.

White mold in soybeans
Severe soybean white mold infestation. Photo by Mike Staton, MSU Extension.

White mold can be a serious disease in dry beans and soybeans in Michigan, and managing it effectively and economically is challenging. Because of this, Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, Michigan Bean Commission and Michigan State University Extension are cooperating to hold an educational meeting to help soybean producers in the Saginaw Valley and Thumb areas gain a better understanding of white mold and how to manage it in dry beans and soybeans. The White Mold Management in Dry Beans and Soybeans program will be held Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center, 3775 South Reese Road, Frankenmuth, MI 48734, with registration beginning at 8:45 a.m. and ending with a complimentary lunch at 12 p.m.

Michael Wunsch, plant pathologist from North Dakota State University, has conducted extensive and comprehensive research on managing white mold at the Carrington Research Center. He will share his research results and recommendations for managing white mold in dry beans and soybeans and answer questions from participants. The following topics will be covered:

  • Optimizing fungicide application timing in soybeans and dry beans.
  • Impact of spray droplet size on fungicide performance in soybeans and dry beans.
  • Using drop nozzles to improve fungicide performance in soybeans and kidney beans.
  • Returns to one versus two fungicide applications, with an emphasis on soybeans.
  • Managing white mold using susceptible and partially resistant soybean varieties.
  • Optimizing soybean and dry bean row spacing and seeding rate for maximum agronomic. performance under white mold pressure.
  • Participants will earn two pesticide recertification credits.

The Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee and the Michigan Bean Commission are covering all costs, so there is no charge for the program. However, pre-registration is requested to ensure an accurate count for lunch and educational materials. To register by phone, call the Tuscola MSU Extension office at 989-672-3870 before noon on Wednesday, Feb. 27. To register online, go to: White Mold Management in Dry Beans and Soybeans. Online registration closes March 1.

This article was produced by the SMaRT project (Soybean Management and Research Technology). The SMaRT project was developed to help Michigan producers increase soybean yields and farm profitability. The SMaRT project is a partnership between Michigan State University Extension and the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee.

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