Why Should I Consider a Fungicide on my Corn and Soybeans?

I think most of us would agree that our crop is off to an excellent start so far!  The phrase, “Knee High by the Fourth of July” really doesn’t apply this year. With the potential for such a positive crop, I wanted to make a few comments on fungicide and plant health. There are four major benefits to plants from the application of a fungicide.

  • The obvious one is broad spectrum disease control
  • The remaining three include: preserves green leaf area, increased water use efficiency, and improved photosynthesis

Additional benefits include reduction of lodging due to healthier stalks and harvest ease, all leading to increased bushels in the bin.

Soybeans: We like to target R3 (beginning pod development) for key application timing in soybeans, which for our area occurs around mid-July. The    primary reason for this timing is to protect R4 pod fill which is the most critical time for soybean yield. Stress at this time cannot be recovered and results in more yield loss than at any other time.

Corn: Timing in corn starts at R1 (silking) to brown silk. WS provides application as we have again partnered with a professional aerial application service.  Now is a great time to place orders for fields to be covered as we are starting the planning/scheduling process for our aerial applicators.

A new product to consider in corn and soybean fungicide applications is Trivapro from Syngenta. “Tri” vapro is three fungicides in one, delivering the full six ounces of Quadris, the full four ounces of Tilt, and the full four ounces of Solotenol. These three different active ingredients providing up to 42 days of residual control. Trivapro is the longest lasting, hardest working fungicide on the market.

Please contact us at WS AG for further information on increasing yields with Trivapro.

-Marty Liegel



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