2023 brought increased disease and pest pressure for some Ohio farmers

Some Ohio farmers have seen increased disease and pest pressure in soybeans this year.  Jeff Magyar farms in northeast Ohio and says he’s never seen white mold so prevalent in his area.

He tells Brownfield weather was a likely culprit. “They got about a foot tall and then they stalled,” he says.  “When it was so dry, the white mold spores would have been very active on top of the ground. The dry weather wouldn’t have hurt them. And then as soon as we got rain, there was an easy path for the spores to get into the plants.”Northwest Ohio farmer Nathan Eckel says frog-eye leaf spot was a challenge in his early-planted beans.  “Which usually doesn’t make it up this far north,” he says.  “Usually that’s an I-70 corridor-type disease. We did spray for that.  Also, in those fields, we did see a lot of bean leaf beetle feeding.”

Magyar and Eckel both say they are at least 2 weeks from starting harvest.

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