A farmer driving a John Deere tractor works his way across a field north of the city of Manitowoc in eastern Wisconsin.

In terms of crop diseases, sometimes the only thing a farmer can do is mitigate the risks and pray luck’s on their side. That’s doubly true for organic farmers who can’t depend on many forms of artificial pesticides to even the odds.

As the planting season ramps up, organic farmers should be on the lookout for three diseases that post a threat to the 2022 crop. During a webinar hosted by OGRAIN, two experts in the field — Damon Smith and Darcy Telenko, plant pathologists at UW-Madison and the Purdue University respectively — highlighted risks and management tactics to curb the spread of three destructive crop diseases.

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