See how improving disease control records can improve disease control in vegetable operations.

Improving your disease control records can improve disease control in the future of your vegetable operation, according to Growing Produce article. The piece maintains “Success in agriculture depends on collecting and recording key information. It demands accurate data on all inputs, such as the fertilizers used and their costs, cultivar of the seed planted, tractor hours and fuel used to work the ground, water costs, pest control costs, and employee hours for all steps from planting to harvesting.” See the metrics you should be tracking below.

Disease Control Records to Keep

Field Disease History. It is essential to maintain records of plant diseases that occur in every planted block. Which diseases did you find on each crop planted at that location? Did a diagnostic lab confirm the pathogen? Were there multiple diseases happening concurrently — and did diagnostic efforts differentiate these?…”


Mapping Plant Disease Distribution. For larger acreage parcels, monitoring disease distribution by mapping the field can be insightful for soilborne challenges. Disease incidence maps help us visualize the problematic sections of the field and can provide clarity to the field situation…”

“Interactions and Associations. Preserving crop disease information for specific blocks, and over multiple seasons, allows farmers and other field professionals to understand some of the factors accounting for problems. These could be Crop rotations, Time of year, Cultivars, and Environment.”

The article ends with “In general, the more thorough and complete the collection and preservation of field disease data, the better. Such data are the basis for formulating a more effective disease management strategy…”

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