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With applications underway for disease control and other Plant Health benefits, retailers are helping their growers promote profitability. By offering advice on how to keep a crop healthy and disease-free, retailers can help minimize risk, increase yields and foster economic success for their customers.
If you haven’t had a conversation about Plant Health and disease, try beginning by reviewing these simple steps.
Make timely Plant Health applications
In crop protection, timing is everything. Preventive applications of fungicides can help get fields ahead of the disease cycle. By counseling your customers to plan ahead, you help them mitigate disease pressures before they become critical issues.
Preventive fungicide applications of Headline AMP® fungicide and Priaxor® fungicide can offer Plant Health benefits beyond disease control that may result in better nutrient uptake, improved standability and increased yields and quality. More bushels at harvest mean more profits, leading to better business for you and your customers. For optimum Plant Health and disease control benefits, BASF recommends applying a fungicide like Headline AMP fungicide for corn at tassel and Priaxor fungicide for soybeans at the R3 growth stage.
Keep an eye on current threats
Retailers have the advantage of having a line of sight on thousands of acres of crops each season, getting a feel for both the good and bad occurring in the area. With such a pulse on local agriculture, retailers can tip off their customers on a rising disease threat or share best practices for mitigating a certain disease. Take the opportunity to remind growers that problematic diseases can change by the year, with disease pressures varying depending on the region and weather patterns. No matter the situation, there are tried and true methods for accurately monitoring disease.
“Scouting will be essential for maintaining a healthy crop,” said Nick Fassler, Technical Marketing Manager, BASF. “The best practice is to check fields weekly, and that means more than driving by. You’ll want to evaluate on foot to get the closest look possible.”
Specifically for retailers, offering crop scouting services to customers at this time may be especially valuable key disease predictors are high. Consider opening that dialogue if you’ve seen risky environmental conditions, which may date all the way back to winter. Mild winters and cool, wet springs can foster hotbeds for disease, and for many growers, this was the reality for the start of 2017.
Look beyond the local landscape
Growers farther north have a distinct advantage of previewing disease outbreaks in the south, but more regionally, state-level monitoring is encouraged to help inform fungicide application decisions. Work your network to learn more about what’s happening in the areas surrounding your communities, and tie it all together for your growers.
“Talk to colleagues, read extension articles and keep up with blogs and social posts from trusted sources,” said Fassler. “Try to keep a pulse check on your state and region, and confirm whether or not your customers may face similar challenges.”
Healthy crops are happy crops, and early protection against disease can make the difference for a season. Learn more about fungicides and other tools for fighting crop disease by visiting www.agproducts.basf.com.
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