Friday in the Field | July 21, 2023

Jul 21, 2023


It is time to start thinking about applying fungicides to beans. As beans have reached the R3 stage, it is advisable for growers to use fungicides and micronutrients to safeguard the flower buds and prevent the plant from aborting new pods. Today, Aaron Trenkamp, Agronomy Account Manager at River Valley Cooperative, visited the field to discuss the upcoming activities for the week.

Aaron recommends that farmers should begin applying fungicides this week. For optimal results, it is also suggested to incorporate the use of insecticides in conjunction with fungicides.
 
 

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