Are the weather and plant disease connected? Very much so. As I said on the latest Around the Farm Podcast, a portion of my team’s work has been dedicated to building predictive models that connect the complex relationship between plant pathogens and relative humidity, temperature, wind speed and more. Here are a few overlooked factors that could silently be impacting the presence of disease in your fields.
The threat of disease can extend beyond the growing and even harvest season. As new crops emerge in Spring, certain pathogens will be waiting within this year’s crop residue. If the environmental conditions are favorable, the disease will spread and infect next year’s crop. Proper rotation and tillage can help reduce future disease risk by burying the pathogen into the soil and allow it to break down over time.