Double the Disease Protection for Peanuts

By building a spray program with the right fungicides, growers can help protect their peanuts from white mold and leaf spot.
Double the Disease Protection for Peanuts
Peanut growers did not experience the soft side of Mother Nature in 2019. While still feeling the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, they were dealt a challenging start with soaked fields and an excessively wet spring. Then, after they planted the crop, these same growers suffered a stark contrast — excessive heat, which created a prime habitat for two of the top yield-robbing diseases in peanuts: white mold and leaf spot.
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Trouble Brewing in the Soil

Many growers will remember 2019 as the year white mold picked their pockets. The hot temperatures and a cycle of wet and dry conditions amplified white mold infection, making it more damaging and widespread than in previous years.

“We saw early, rapid infection of white mold in most of the peanut crop,” says Wilson Faircloth, agronomic service representative for Syngenta. “There wasn’t a field in Georgia that didn’t have plants that were taken out because of white mold. It was that intense.”

Although white mold was especially fierce, growers who applied Elatus® fungicide saw significantly less pressure in their fields.

"We historically have had high white mold pressure," says Virginia peanut grower Ray Davis. "But after using Elatus fungicide, we did not have any white mold. Elatus has a great formulation and is easy to work with. I'd recommend that other growers give it a shot."

Double Trouble in the Leaves

Leaf spot, a disease that causes premature defoliation of the plant, made a light appearance in fields early in the season, then became more aggressive. Growers, who annually expect pressure from leaf spot, now have a tool to help them effectively combat the disease.

2019 was the first full year Miravis® fungicide was available to peanut growers, and it offered their crops better protection, flexibility and longevity, even under heavy disease pressure.

“A once-in-a-lifetime fungicide, Miravis really brings leaf spot and foliar disease control to another level,” Faircloth says. “There was a noticeable difference between fields that received Miravis applications and those that didn’t.”

“Elatus and Miravis [fungicides] give growers the power to take on the foliar and soilborne diseases that will try to diminish their yield and may lower their bottom lines in 2020.”

Wilson Faircloth
Syngenta Agronomic Service Representative
The Complete Package

With heavy disease pressure last season, it’s no surprise that agronomists expect inoculum levels to be high in 2020. However, by building a spray program with Elatus and Miravis, growers may receive double the peanut protection with a complete package of white mold and leaf spot control.

“Miravis plus Elatus has changed our disease management program,” says Georgia peanut grower Ken Hall. “It helps keep the plants healthy, there’s less disease, and that’s going to help with yield.”

Not only can growers count on the Syngenta fungicides for exceptional white mold and leaf spot control, but they can also feel confident when it comes to yield potential. Three years of field trial results showed a 200 to 500 pound-per-acre increase when peanut growers added Miravis to the foundation program of Elatus. Additionally, the complementary power of these two products resulted in two fewer fungicide applications, Faircloth notes.*

* Data derived from 26 field evaluations during both internal Syngenta and cooperator trials at the University of Georgia, Auburn University and the University of Florida, 2016 to 2018. The Elatus + Miravis program was a five-application program, with Elatus applied @ 9.5 oz/A approximately 60 and 90 days after planting.