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Disease Has Little Effect on Peanut Crop this Year

Wed, 28 Sep 2011 12:36:10 CDT

Disease Has Little Effect on Peanut Crop this Year The Fall Peanut Field Day at Caddo Research Station in Fort Cobb, Okla., was held earlier this week to provide producers across the state with an update on the Oklahoma peanut crop for 2011. Dr. John Damicone was one of the presenters at the field day and says this year was not a year with a lot of diseases in peanut fields.

The Caddo Research Station focuses on two types of research. One is with sclerotinia blight, which is a soil-borne disease that likes cool and wet weather. The other is on leaf spot, which is a warm weather disease that prefers it to be warm and wet. Damicone says the weather this crop year has been too warm for either sclerotinia blight or leaf spot and producers are just now beginning to see some diseases show up.

While this year may not prove a productive year for researching these diseases, Damicone says they have learned quite a bit about fungicides and how they work on sclerotinia blight over the years. Except for pod rot, Damicone says that they can virtually control every disease with varietal resistance and fungicides.

The challenge researchers are facing now is economically providing these fungicides to producers. Because of the cost of these products have continually gone up, Damicone says they are working towards programs where producers don't have to spend a whole lot of money on fungicides.

Click on the LISTEN bar below to hear more from Dr. Damicone on the peanut crop this year and how disease is playing a role.

Click here for more on the Fall Peanut Field day, including pictures.



Ron Hays and Dr. Damicone discuss different peanut diseases and more
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