Managing foliar diseases of processing sweet corn in New York with strobilurin fungicides

Shah, D.A. and Dillard, H.R. (2010) Managing foliar diseases of processing sweet corn in New York with strobilurin fungicides. Plant Disease, 94 (2). pp. 213-220.

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Processing sweet corn (Zea mays) growers in New York are more concerned about the cost effectiveness of fungicide use against foliar fungal diseases (common rust and Northern corn leaf blight) and less about whether such sprays will reduce disease intensity. To address this concern, field trials were done in 2006 and 2007 with three processing sweet corn hybrids (Jubilee, Bold, and GH 9597) that differed in susceptibility to common rust and Northern corn leaf blight, and two strobilurin fungicides (azoxystrobin and pyraclostrobin). Single strobilurin applications were applied in response to foliar disease severity thresholds of 1, 10, and 20%. Single fungicide applications did reduce foliar disease severities. Applications were most cost effective when made in response to the 1 and 10% foliar severity thresholds, and generally only in the susceptible hybrid Bold. Spraying at the 20% severity threshold did reduce final foliar disease severity but was not cost effective. Azoxystrobin and pyraclostrobin were equally effective in disease management. The results suggest that a single application of a strobilurin fungicide against common rust and Northern corn leaf blight can be cost effective for New York processing sweet corn growers when such an application is made before foliar disease severity exceeds 20%

Item Type: Article
Author Affiliation: Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, Cornell University, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Geneva 14456
Subjects: Plant Protection
Divisions: Other Crops
Depositing User: Ms K Syamalamba
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2014 06:16
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2014 04:32
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