Soybeans: Sporebuster App Helps with White Mold Fungicide Decisions

White mold in soybeans. Photo: Illinois Soybean Association

The follow-up to this summer’s ‘Sporecaster’ smartphone application, designed to help farmers predict the need for a fungicide application to control white mold in soybean, is now available for download.

While Sporecaster can help farmers evaluate their risk for white mold using infection data integrated with weather patterns, whether or not to apply a fungicide can pose and economical dilemma for farmers that they might not be able to evaluate on their own.

‘Sporebuster,’ made from the same researchers and specialists at University of Wisconsin-Madison that brought you Sporecaster, helps farmers evaluate the cost benefits of applying a fungicide to prevent white mold. Growers enter their expected soybean price, expected yield, and treatment cost. Sporebuster instantly compares ten different treatment plans at once to determine average net gain and breakeven probability of each.

The app is available for download on both iOS and Android.


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