Pattern Ag, a company that uses DNA to predict disease pressure for upcoming growing seasons, added 10 new corn and soybean foliar diseases to its Complete Bio Panel report for fall 2023.

Complete Bio Panel now includes new field analysis for corn with tar spot, gray leaf spot, northern corn leaf blight, Goss’s wilt, bacterial leaf streak and diplodia ear rot. The report also includes charcoal rot, cercospora blight, frogeye leaf spot and anthracnose for soybeans.

Previously, the Complete Bio Panel focused on soil-borne pests and diseases. The updated analytics gives farmers more predictive insights about the presence of these diseases so they can take proactive measures to mitigate risks and protect their crops before they plant.

U.S. farmers lose an average of 2 billion bushels of corn and 350 million bushels of soybeans yearly to pests and pathogens. With the new analytics in the Complete Bio Panel, Pattern Ag can help farmers predict and prevent more than 70% of those losses.

“This data can positively impact farmers' in-season crop scouting plans and narrow their focus when selecting hybrids, varieties, and fungicides," says Danielle Watts, vice president of data at Pattern Ag.

Pattern Ag analyzes the biology of soil from across the Midwest and around the world. With the largest metagenomic database in the world, Pattern Ag ties field biology to agronomic outcomes and uses that to deliver agronomically relevant insights for crop protection, seed selection and fertility planning. These newest analytics will be made available for all past and future Complete Bio orders in the U.S. at no extra charge and will be available later in August in the Pattern Ag Dashboard.

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