Recognizing and preventing phytotoxicity

Sometimes products used for pest or disease management can end up injuring the crops they are meant to help. Learn how to recognize and prevent phytotoxicity from pesticide applications.

Phytotoxicity can be caused by things like pesticides, air pollutants, fertilizers, or other chemicals. This Alert will focus on phytotoxicity that is a result of fungicide, insecticide, or miticide application. Phytotoxicity caused by other products applied to or near your crops, such as herbicides, plant growth regulators, fertilizers, and sanitizing products, will not be discussed here.

Phytotoxicity from pesticide applications can occur as a result of direct application as a foliar spray or drench or as a result of off-target application or drift. Phytotoxicity can also sometimes occur from of pesticide application to stressed plants or in certain environmental conditions.


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