Control Early-Season Diseases That Rob Yield
Growers are planting earlier every year, driven by new hybrids and technologies. This maximizes the length of the growing season. However, early planting means planting into colder soils, which leads to delayed emergence and slower plant growth. Early-season wet, cold conditions can also lead to more disease, including pythium and rhizoctonia diseases. These early season diseases can lead to less nutrient and water uptake, even at low levels that can’t be seen with the naked eye.
Combining an in-furrow fertility program with a fungicide can get your crop off to the best possible start. The fertilizer will help improve emergence and vigor by adding bioavailable nutrients where they’re needed, and the fungicide will help control early-season diseases. Not all fungicides are the same. Choosing an azoxystrobin-based fungicide, such as AZteroid® FC, provides added plant health benefits which can improve the overall health and vigor of the plant.
In order to use both a fungicide and a fertilizer in-furrow, they need to mix together evenly in your tank. AZteroid FC is the first fungicide able to completely mix with liquid fertilizer for application at planting.
At-Plant Strobilurin Fungicides Can Increase Plant Health
Which Fungicide Should Be Used?
Strobilurin fungicides control many soil-borne early season diseases. These fungicides can also improve the health of the plant. When applied in-furrow, these increased plant health effects require the fungicide to be absorbed by the roots and move through the xylem of the plant. AZteroid FC contains azoxystrobin, which is xylem mobile. Many other fungicides are not xylem mobile, and will not provide the same level of plant health effects when applied in-furrow.
Common Soil-Borne Diseases
- Prefers cold soil (<60°F)
- Damping off can occur before or after emergence
- Rotten roots are brown and soggy in appearance
- Plants can be easily pulled from soil
- Most common in wet soil or when germination is delayed (around 80°F)
- Shrunken, reddish-brown lesion on hypocotyls near soil line
- Causes damping off in seedling stage
Using Fungicides at Planting can Increase Profits in 3 Ways:
1. By providing healthy conditions in the furrow during planting, growers will have healthier seedlings with maximum yield potential and increased profits.
2. Adding a yield increase from fungicides can cut the payback time for liquid fertilizer equipment by 50 percent compared to using liquid fertilizer alone. No additional equipment is required to use AZteroid FC.
3. In-furrow fungicide may also decrease the need for expensive in-season aerial applications because a healthier, stronger plant is more resistant to disease. This will be particularly true in years with low disease pressure, and will allow growers to wait until mid-season to decide whether or not an aerial application is required.
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