Regarding new dicamba technologies, growers need to keep in mind new formulations, minimizing volatility, reducing drift, and regulations.
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For a crop protection strategy, growers need to consider the history of crop disease, What has been done past seasons and what has worked well.
Growers need to know what spectrum of disease control does the fungicide have, what growth stage to apply, and how the fungicide will affect the plant.
Breakthroughs in technology, machinery and chemicals have allowed growers to produce better yields, in less time and achieve environmental sustainability.
Many growers started off the 2016 season by planting crops earlier than average compared to past years. To help address the accompanying increased risk of disease and cold stress, numerous growers made an in-furrow fungicide application. For these growers now in mid-season, their application is still impacting their plants.
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At this year’s LIFT Summit, the Leaders of In-Furrow Technology presented the new LIFT2 initiative, which focuses on foliar technology as well as in-furrow.
With the recent cool and wet conditions this spring, corn plants that were treated in-furrow are getting a greater jump out of the ground and showing increased stand count despite adverse conditions and potential for disease.
In the past couple of years, growers have started the movement of using a foundation of fungicide in the furrow to mitigate the adverse effects associated with planting into these conditions. This adoption of fungicide in the furrow has given growers greater confidence as they have seen quicker emergence as well as more overall plants compared to an untreated acre.