Wisconsin White Mold Risk Map – July 5, 2016

Damon L. Smith, Extension Field Crops Pathologist, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jaime Willbur, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Sclero-cast: A Soybean White Mold Prediction Model

**This tool is for guidance only and should be used with other sources of information and professional advice when determining risk of white mold development. We encourage you to read the model how-to guide which can be downloaded by clicking here**

Wisconsin White Mold Risk in Soybean - July 5, 2016

Wisconsin White Mold Risk in Soybean – July 5, 2016

Risk of apothecial presence and subsequent white mold development remains generally low for most of Wisconsin today. Risk has increased slightly across the state over the holiday weekend with some isolated pockets in the northern and south-central areas of the state. The UW Field Crops Pathology crew has been scouting for apothecia in fields in the soybean growing areas of south and central Wisconsin and HAVE NOT found any apothecia. This confirms the generally low risk currently being predicted by the model. Growers near higher risk pockets should monitor the soybean crop for closing canopy and flowering growth stages that may lead to increased risk of white mold. We have seen numerous fields this week already in the R1 growth stage. Be sure to consult the how-to guide for assistance in interpreting this map if you are considering spraying fungicide to control white mold.

This model was developed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in conjunction with Michigan State University to identify at-risk regions which have been experiencing weather favorable for the development of white mold apothecia. This model predicts when apothecia will be present in the field using 30-day averages of maximum temperature, relative humidity, and wind speed. Using virtually available weather data, predictions can be made in most soybean growing regions. Based on these predictions, this map is generated and indicates areas at no (white), low (blue), medium (yellow), and high (red) risk levels. Fields in yellow or red areas have >40% chance of having apothecia present and may be at risk of white mold developing later in the season. Model predictions must be combined with soybean growth stage and canopy characteristics to aid in timing of fungicide sprays. If the model is predicting medium to high risk in your area, soybeans are flowering, and the canopy is somewhat closed, then the white mold risk is elevated. For further information on how to use and interpret this risk map, CLICK HERE to download a how-to guide.