Today, growers are faced with the fact that farm revenues are not keeping pace with farm expenses, causing a decline in net farm income over the past several years. To be successful long term, growers must maintain a profitable operation, even with lower commodity prices. To compensate for the lower prices, it is more important than ever for growers to produce the highest yield possible in the most efficient and cost-effective way. Applying fungicides can help increase yields by preventing diseases and providing additional plant health benefits like improved emergence, enhanced growth efficiency and better tolerance to hot temperatures.
Using the appropriate fungicides is an essential step in a grower’s management strategy that can help maximize yields, enabling crops to grow more efficiently, resulting in maximum production.
The following are key things every grower should ask in order to select the appropriate fungicide.
1. What spectrum of disease control does the fungicide have?
Will it help with preventive or post-infection disease control or both? What diseases is the fungicide most effective for preventing, controlling or curing?
2. During what growth stage will you apply the fungicide?
Specific fungicides will perform better at certain growth stages than others and not all of them can be used during every stage.
3. How will the fungicide affect the plant?
Contact (protectant) fungicides are only active on the plant surfaces to which they are applied and don’t move into the plant. They prevent spore germination and infection, but will need to be reapplied to new growth that develops after the original application.
Systemic fungicides are absorbed into the plant after application and have varying levels of mobility within the plant.
- Locally systemic (translaminar) fungicides are able to move inside the leaf tissue
- Xylem-mobile fungicides move upwards through a plant’s xylem.
- A true systemic fungicide is able to move both upward through the xylem or downward through the phloem of the plant.
4. Does the fungicide have additional plant health or physiological benefits, besides disease control that could benefit your crop?
- Will the fungicide help the plant with increased root growth, photosynthesis and leaf health?
- Will it also help improve stress tolerance and stalk strength?
In this video from our June 2016 LIFT Summit event, Caren Schmidt with BASF discusses what growers need to be aware of when considering and choosing the appropriate fungicide.
The important things that growers should know about fungicide is what spectrum of disease control they have, so what the target disease there are for their crops – soilborne or foliar diseases, whether they have preventive or post-infection disease control, or both which many pre-mixes do. And how mobile they are within the plant and how that affects their activity. And also what length of residual that fungicide has. And lastly if they have plant health or additional physiological benefits besides disease control.
BASF’s Agricultural Solutions provides innovative solutions in the areas of chemical and biological crop protection, seed treatment and water management, nutrient supply and plant stress. As part of their crop protection, BASF offers a variety of fungicide solutions including:
Xanthion™ In-furrow fungicide gets crops off to a strong start, by providing extended disease protection for the seed from the beginning. Since Xanthion is placed in the furrow, it protects the seed and the areas around it from damaging corn seedling and root diseases, including Rhizoctonia seed and seedling rot, Fusarium seed rot and seedling blight and Pythium damping off.
Priaxor ® fungicide was developed with the most advanced chemistry to protect a variety of crops, including corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton and sugar beets from a number of different fungi. Priaxor is powered by Xemium® fungicide, an active ingredient that distributes its chemistry throughout the plant. Priaxor also includes F500®, the same active ingredient in Headline® fungicide. In addition to delivering longest-lasting disease protection and post-infection disease control, Priaxor provides Advanced Plant Health benefits to crops, including increases in root growth, photosynthesis and leaf health, plus increased drought tolerance.
Headline® fungicide helps prevent diseases and provides protection for more than 90 crops, including soybeans, wheat and corn. This broad-spectrum fungicide delivers a high level of activity on more than 50 major diseases and promotes improved Plant Health.
Headline AMP® fungicide tassel application in corn offers best in class preventive and post-infection late season disease control. It also has been shown to improve stalk strength and deliver the most yield at tassel.
Find out more about these fungicides, plus BASF’s full line of crop protection products at agproducts.basf.us
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