Foliar Fungicides in Alfalfa Production

  • Brian J. Lang (Iowa State University)
  • Kenneth T. Pecinovsky (Iowa State University)


During the last few years, EPA approved pesticide labels for a few foliar fungicide products for use in alfalfa production. However, university research regarding potential economic benefits of these products is extremely limited. In addition, aggressive salesmanship recommending multiple applications per season raises concerns with proper stewardship for these products to insure long-term effectiveness.

Eight site years of research trials from 2011 through 2013 conducted at the ISU Northeast Research Farm, Nashua found foliar fungicides applications made prior to first crop harvest of established stands are very likely to be profitable due to improved yields and calculated “Milk per Acre”. But limited forage testing in these trials showed no significant difference in forage quality measured as “Milk per Ton”. Profitability of foliar fungicides applications ahead of second, third or fourth crop harvests was inconsistent and often of minimal value

How to Cite:

Lang, B. J. & Pecinovsky, K. T., (2005) “Foliar Fungicides in Alfalfa Production”, Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 11(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/ans_air-180814-1160

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Published on
01 Jan 2005
Peer Reviewed