Tips for managing drought-stressed crops


Tips for managing drought-stressed crops

Drought conditions have created challenges throughout the growing season for much of the Corn Belt.

Ryan Ridder, US product manager for biologicals and fungicides with Corteva, says there are a few ways farmers can manage drought-stressed crops. “Keep your fields clean and keep them insect-free,” he said. “Apply fungicides, especially in some of those geographies that still have a fair amount of potential.”

He tells Brownfield planting a drought-quality corn or soybean hybrid can help as well. “Making sure the plant is healthy and that we’re pushing that as much as possible, but also knowing where we’re at on the line for fertility and everything else.”

Ridder says drought has hit Midwestern producers harder than the past couple of years. He recently spoke during Corteva’s annual summer media day.