While good disease management practices early in the growing season help minimize plant stress, growers will need to be diligent in watching for diseases that may thrive later in the growing season. During the fruiting to defoliation stages, several diseases need to be on a grower’s radar to avoid crop damage.
Managing Mid- to Late-Season Diseases
Although management efforts can help reduce the incidence and impact of bacterial blight, target leaf spot and Verticillium wilt, no single approach is highly effective to completely control these common diseases of cotton. Thus, a combination of preventative measures for managing cotton diseases is key, including scouting, cultural practices, variety selection and fungicides.
Bayer Solutions for Managing Cotton Diseases
In addition to best management practices for cotton, seed varieties can help manage disease resistance and increase success.
For example, Stoneville® 4946GLB2 and FM 2011GT and FM 1911GLT provide good resistance to root knot nematode/Fusarium wilt, while several FiberMax® varieties have the best tolerance in the industry to Verticillium wilt, for which no chemical controls are available. These options include FM 2322GL, FM 1830GLT and FM 2334GLT. Additionally, Bayer has several FiberMax and Stoneville varieties that are resistant to bacterial blight.
Proline® fungicide fights foliar diseases such as target spot present at application and stops new infections from attacking crops.
View our products section to learn more about the portfolio of products from Bayer to help you manage disease in your cotton crops or contact your local Bayer representative.