This January, the Leaders of In-Furrow & Foliar Technology (LIFT) partners, including West Central, BASF, Nufarm, FMC, Valent and Dow AgroSciences, came together to provide an opportunity for ag editors to hear from each of these companies in a convenient, sixty-minute webinar called the 2018 LIFT Virtual Summit.
The presentations consisted of a number of important agriculture topics, centered around the themes of increasing nutrient availability, protecting the crop from pest and disease pressures, how to optimize yields, best practices, product solutions and results and new product offerings for the upcoming season to provide the editors with information they could expand on and use with their audiences.
The lineup included:
“Driving Yield in Corn – How In-Furrow Fungicide Applications Prepare the Seed for the Best Start”
Scott Stout, Corn Fungicide Product Manager, BASF
In his presentation, Stout discussed the features, benefits and results for Xanthion® in-furrow fungicide and how in-furrow applications maximize yields and support plant health. For optimum yields, it is important to start out strong and provide crops with the necessary protection during planting through emergence. Xanthion in-furrow fungicide is ideal for growers planting early and in extreme conditions. It also offers two modes of action to protect both the root and root zone.
“Managing Soybean Cyst Nematodes with a New Biological Seed Protection Option”
Dair McDuffee, Seed Treatment Specialist, Valent
McDuffee shared Valent’s new Aveo™ EZ Nematicide and Intego® Suite Soybeans, explaining how both products help protect soybean crops against Soybean Cyst Nematodes and other pest and disease pressures. By colonizing the roots of the soybean plant, Aveo EZ reduces nematode reproduction. Intego Suite soybean seed treatment also protects against key pests and disease with a dual mode of action that provides protection above and below ground. When used together, the products offer reliable consistency and flowability in the treatment tank and optimal crop protection.
“Nitrogen Stabilizers: An Important Tool for Nitrogen Management”
Jake Wiltrout, Nitrogen Management Specialist, Dow AgroSciences
Wiltrout explained the importance of keeping accessible nitrogen in the soil longer to increase nitrogen effectiveness in crop production. With yield-reducing pressures such as denitrification and leaching, it is crucial to ensure crops have access to appropriate amounts of nitrogen for optimal plant health. By keeping nitrogen available in the soil for longer periods of time with nitrogen stabilizers containing Optinyte™ technology, such as N-Serve® and Instinct®, growers can optimize the benefits to their crop from the nitrogen to maximize crop yields and grow their crop in a sustainable way that is better for the environment.
“Formulation & Application Technologies of the Future – Next Generation In-furrow Technology”
Julie Boss, Product Manager, FMC
Boss discussed the future of in-furrow insecticides and fungicides featuring Ethos® XB Insecticide/Fungicide. She also highlighted in-furrow application technology innovations including Capture® 3Rive 3D®, a low-volume water based application system that allows growers to protect their crops in an efficient and sustainable way. Boss also introduced the Freedom Pass Application Innovations program that allows growers to access 3Rive 3D technology.
“Innovations in Regulatory, Formulations & Combinations with Seed Treatments”
Tom Kroll, Technical and Product Manager, Nufarm
In his presentation, Kroll shared the latest Nufarm innovations including registered custom blends, the Spirato® product family, nutrient assimilator integration (Sativa® IMF Sembolite Max) and triazole mixtures that are new combinations from the Sativa and Salient® product families. Kroll highlighted how registered custom blends are a solution for improving convenience with short-lived formulations and the commercial advantages for the registered formulations.
“Elevating Yields to the Next Level”
Paul Gerdes, Proprietary Products Manager, West Central
Gerdes highlighted the importance of essential nutrients, including phosphorus and zinc, for healthy plant development. Since phosphorus and zinc are known for getting tied up in the soil, making them unavailable to the plant, West Central has been focusing on developing solutions to make phosphorus, zinc and the other essential nutrients more available for plant uptake through their P Project. With products such as Levesol™ Zn, growers are able to optimize nutrient efficiency for better overall plant health. Gerdes also introduced the P Challenge, a new initiative for 2018 that was developed as a follow up to their P Project, to help ag retailers share improved fertility solutions and best practices with corn and soybean growers.
The LIFT partners recognize that events such as this virtual summit and their annual LIFT Summit help the ag industry continue to educate and create awareness for initiatives and product solutions that are being developed to help growers maximize their yields and improve overall crop health for better ROI and greater success from planting through harvest.
A special thank you to our ag media guests who attended the 2018 LIFT Virtual Summit:
- Northern Ag Network
- Iowa Farm Bureau Spokesman
- Farm Journal Media
- Successful Farming
- Corn+Soybean Digest
- Lessiter Media
- Minnesota Farm Guide
- Prairie Farmer
- Linder Farm Network
- Dakota Farmer
- Red River Farm Network
For more information about the Leaders of In-Furrow Technology, visit www.inthefurrow.com.