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  • GOING ON OFFENSE: FIVE ADVANTAGES FUNGICIDES OFFER

    If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, a few ounces per acre of fungicide can be worth more than their weight in bushels yielded. In the same way that an increasing number of growers are choosing herbicides with long residuals to protect their yields, many growers are turning to fungicides with long residuals to ensure healthy crops and top yields.

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    GOING ON OFFENSE: FIVE ADVANTAGES FUNGICIDES OFFER

    If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, a few ounces per acre of fungicide can be worth more than their weight in bushels yielded. In the same way that an increasing number of growers are choosing herbicides with long residuals to protect their yields, many growers are turning to fungicides with long residuals to ensure healthy crops and top yields.

    1. Improved stress tolerance

    Plants treated with fungicides maintain vigor longer through the season. Strong, healthy plants that are not under stress simply have more yield potential. You could say preventing disease pressure pays off.

    1. Reduced ethylene, increased carbon assimilation

    Fungicides such as Topguard® EQ fungicide contains strobilurins to help ensure your crops have every opportunity to complete the production of their seeds. When environmental stress strikes, a plant begins to produce ethylene and begins to shut down, putting all its energy into reproduction. Fungicides can reduce ethylene production, extending the plant’s ability to photosynthesize, allowing optimized carbohydrate production and yield potential. Strobilurin fungicides have also been proven to result in increased efficiency of carbon assimilation, so whether the plant is filling its ears or pods, it’s doing so with greater efficiency than plants that haven’t received a fungicide treatment.

    1. Positive plant effects

    As a result of disease control, other benefits fungicides provide include increased nitrogen fixation, increased water utilization efficiencies and more efficient uptake and use of nutrients. It simply means that plants treated with a fungicide do a better job of using the nitrogen, water and nutrients available to them. Those all translate into an opportunity for increased yields.

    1. Curative effects

    Some fungicides can actually help stop latent infections. Topguard® fungicide has curative effects on frogeye leaf spot in soybeans. Because it is a highly systemic fungicide, Topguard fungicide is translocated into new plant growth, so an R1 application of Topguard fungicide provides extended residual control, continuing to keep your plants healthy and productive.

    1. Increased yields

    It’s no myth. University studies have shown that crops sprayed with a foliar fungicide out yielded crops left to fend for themselves. A 2015 Southern Illinois University study conducted with Preemptor® SC fungicide produced 11 bushels more per acre than the untreated soybeans.

    In a Newman, Tennessee, trial of corn with gray leaf spot, the portion sprayed with Topguard® fungicide – 10 oz./A applied V10-V12 – produced 14 bushels more per acre than the untreated.

    Choosing an Effective Fungicide

    To help manage the problem of strobilurin resistance, choose a fungicide with multiple modes of action. To make sure the product is translocated quickly and is rainfast in a matter of hours, select a highly systemic fungicide with high levels of translaminar and acropetal mobility. Also, choose products that can be applied early and offer residuals with the longest protection. For instance, Preemptor® SC fungicide can be applied as early as R1 in soybeans and V5 in corn with residual protection. Whether you put a fungicide into play on defense or offense, spraying a foliar fungicide is generally a game plan for success.

  • SHOULD I SPRAY A FOLIAR FUNGICIDE?

    In the past, growers made the decision to spray a foliar fungicide based on the presence of pathogens on their crops, but university research on the latest products indicates you might not want to wait until a disease issue has fully developed and is attacking your crops and yields.

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    SHOULD I SPRAY A FOLIAR FUNGICIDE?

    In the past, growers made the decision to spray a foliar fungicide based on the presence of pathogens on their crops, but university research on the latest products indicates you might not want to wait until a disease issue has fully developed and is attacking your crops and yields.

    Some pathogens can travel for miles on wind currents, and they can attack throughout the growing season. It can be very difficult to know whether you need a fungicide or not, but the more risk factors present in your fields, the greater the chance you’ll fight something this year. Fungicides certainly offer a good defensive strategy to help prevent outbreaks that can significantly reduce your crop’s yield potential.

    Here are five key risk factors to consider when deciding whether you should spray a foliar fungicide:

    1. History of disease in that field

    Dr. Jason Bond, professor of plant soil and agricultural systems at Southern Illinois University, sees a correlation between past occurrences of disease and larger yield losses. “We quite often find the fields with the greatest losses are the fields that had this problem in the past,” Bond says. The danger of disease increases greatly if you’re following with the same crop you had in that field last year. If you’ve had problems before, spraying a foliar fungicide can help minimize the damage those pathogens are likely to pose.

    1. Hybrid and variety of seed

    While some hybrids and varieties handle diseases better than others, none of them are completely disease resistant. Every variety is susceptible to some diseases. Dr. Travis Faske, associate professor and extension plant pathologist at the University of Arkansas, says when it comes to Southern rust, he considers all corn varieties to be susceptible. If you’ve planted a variety known to struggle more than others, spraying a foliar fungicide would help ensure better plant health and stronger yields.

    1. Amount of crop residue

    You’re more likely to experience diseases in no-till and low-till fields because pathogens overwinter in the decaying plant material. If your field has high levels of residue, your risk of disease is automatically higher. Consider a fungicide offering multiple modes of action for the best results.

    1. Weather patterns

    Fungi thrive in moist, warm conditions for prolonged periods. Weather patterns that produce frequent moisture and cloudy skies pose the greatest threat to crops since raindrops help spread spores, and cloudy conditions allow raindrops and dew to sit on the leaves.

    1. Risk tolerance

    Can you afford the risk diseases pose to your yields? Growers often try to counteract low commodity prices by having more bushels to sell, but foliar diseases inevitably reduce yields. A University of Minnesota study found that gray leaf spot can reduce corn yields up to 44 percent in the Midwest1. If lesions are found prior to tasseling, Northern leaf blight can reduce corn yields by as much as 30 percent, according to a Purdue University study2.

    In soybeans, frogeye leaf spot can reduce yields by as much as 60 percent3. Cercospora leaf blight can reduce the value of soybeans due to the purple stains the blight produces, resulting in dockage or denial of certification of seed. If you can’t risk those kinds of losses, a fungicide might be well worth it, especially if multiple risk factors are present in your fields. A foliar fungicide with a long residual, especially when applied early, can prevent catastrophic crop losses and can help ensure solid yields.

  • EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR WEED MANAGEMENT
    Steps to Preserve Herbicide Technology

    With herbicide-resistant weeds appearing on an estimated 70 million acres of U.S. farmland, new management strategies need to be implemented to protect crops. Today, simply applying a post-emergence herbicide with residual control isn’t enough. Using herbicides with multiple modes of action from different chemistry groups and overlapping residuals maximizes yields, while preserving herbicide technology.

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    EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR WEED MANAGEMENT
    Steps to Preserve Herbicide Technology

    With herbicide-resistant weeds appearing on an estimated 70 million acres of U.S. farmland, new management strategies need to be implemented to protect crops. Today, simply applying a post-emergence herbicide with residual control isn’t enough. Using herbicides with multiple modes of action from different chemistry groups and overlapping residuals maximizes yields, while preserving herbicide technology.

    Let’s look at a plan for tackling weeds and why it works, along with the importance of herbicide stewardship.

    The Plan

    When it comes to tackling broadleaf weeds like Palmer amaranth, waterhemp, kochia and morningglories, we recommend starting with a strong pre-emergence herbicide like Authority® Elite herbicide or Authority® First DF herbicide then 14-21 days later, follow-up with an overlapping residual post herbicide like Anthem® MAXX herbicide.

    Why it Works

    Authority brand herbicides and Anthem MAXX herbicide are part of Groups 14 and 15. Group 14 or PPO herbicides work by reacting with light and oxygen to form highly reactive molecules that break down weed cell membranes. Group 15 herbicides inhibit the production of long chain fatty acids and prevent seedlings from developing in weeds. The different modes of action attack troublesome weeds in different areas for greater effectiveness.

    As residual herbicides, they also offer important benefits because they:

    • Can be tank mixed with burndown and post-emergence herbicides to provide extended windows for weed control
    • Limit weed competition during the critical weed-free period
    • Allow timely, in-season, post-emergence herbicide applications by reducing overall weed population density and size
    • Ensure against weather events such as wind and rain that keep tractors out of the field for extended periods of time
    • Reduce the selection pressure

    Herbicide Stewardship

    Glyphosate resistance is a big deal, but it is not the only resistance issue. ALS, HPPD, triazine, PPO and auxin classes of herbicides are also experiencing increased levels of resistance due to repetitive use and lack of diversity in weed management.

    “Current soybean herbicide traits allow use of herbicides that do not provide residual weed control, which puts intense selection pressure on these valuable tools when they are used alone, due to the need to repeat applications,” said Chris Leon, FMC technical service representative. “Anthem and Authority brand herbicides are vital components for preserving current herbicide technologies.”

    According to the Weed Science Society of America, if farmers were forced to eliminate herbicides and other control techniques from their weed management toolbox, about half of both corn and soybeans would be lost to weeds and would cost growers about $43 billion annually.

    Protect your profitability and herbicide technology by refining your weed management strategy using best practices. Contact your FMC Star Retailer for more information.

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