Kevin made a mistake. He sprayed Veltyma fungicide too late on one side of the field, and it did not stop the Northern Leaf Blight from killing the crop. He uses the opportunity to show first hand the importance of 4th quarter crop protection on plant health and ear size.
Chad says he can see a fog behind him when spraying, but he admits that he really doesn't know if he is getting proper coverage when it comes to foliar applications. He's going to find out in this 2 part episode with Nick from Pentair Hypro.
In part 2, darkness falls and we head into the corn fields to take a look at the coverage performance with Nick from Pentair Hypro.
Last year Chad added Pacesetter to his soybean fungicide application and saw a 1-2 bushel increase as a result. This season he is testing it in his corn to see if he can produce another yield bump.
Chad has a deadline on these beans of August 15th. After that, the housing contractor will be moving in with the bulldozers. He planted a 2.9 bean, not typical for northern Alabama and is secretly praying that the paperwork gets lost so he can buy himself a few more weeks. He talks with his BASF about disease pressure and how he plans to take these beans to the finish line.
Crop diseases — and we’re mostly talking about fungal problems — cost you yield and money. The worst part: By the time you know you have a problem, much of the damage is already done. That’s why, in general, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Kim Tutor, Technical Marketing Manager with BASF explains disease issues to lookout for this year — from Tar Spot in corn, to Pythium in soybeans, and DON (that’s an abbreviation!) in wheat. A good looking crop means nothing if you have unseen problems lurking in your fields!
We've heard of secret agents and talent agents, but what is a plant health agent? And more importantly, do you really need one? Damian talks with Matt Miles and Trey Curtis from Concept Agritek about a 40 acre trial they are running with a new product called Bio Health that coats the plant with hundreds of different strains of bacteria and fungi that increases photosynthesis, respiration and keep the plant from having a a bad day.
Chad checks in to give us an update on the trial he is conducting with FMC's Xyway in the planter applied 2x2.
Rolling out a new product is never seamless. After releasing the highly anticipated XyWay last year, FMC learned a few things about proper applications. Kelly Garrett used the systemic fungicide in his 2x2 system and saw a significant yield response of 27 bu/a. Kelly talks about his application method, the ROI he saw and how he expects to save money on seed.