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When Do I Need to Start Scouting for Disease?

June 24, 2012
By: Margy Eckelkamp, Director of Content Development, Machinery Pete

In episode 8 of "Corn College TV" season 2, Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer answers a farmer's question of when he should head to the field to scout for disease.

"It’s fairly easy to know when you need to be scouting," she says. "Pay attention to rainfall and your weather conditions, but when you see those tassels, it’s time."
Your scouting kit should include safety glasses, a scouting manual, a camera, a notebook and other items.
When you’re in the field, look at your crop’s plant health.
"The goal is to keep from the ear leaf up clean so that plant puts its energy into the ear," she says.
Learn more in this episode of "Corn College TV."
 

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