Sclerotinia stem rot (SSR), incited by Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, causes yield reductions to canola (Brassica napus) grown in North Dakota and Minnesota. Field trials were conducted in North Dakota and Minnesota from 2000 to 2004 to evaluate the effect of foliar fungicides on SSR and canola yield. Levels of SSR varied among years and location. In general, fungicides that consistently reduced SSR incidence compared with an untreated control were azoxystrobin, benomyl, boscalid, iprodione, prothioconazole, tebuconazole, thiophanate-methyl, trifloxystrobin, and vinclozolin. Significant reductions in SSR incidence with fungicides did not always translate into differences in canola yield, however. Inconsistent results were observed with different timings of applications based on percent bloom. This indicates that application timing should be based on factors in addition to percent bloom.
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