Published on Mon, 03/31/2014 by BASF Canada

A timely fungicide application is crucial to improve maximum yields in corn and soybeans

According to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF), disease pressure in eastern Canada is increasing. With the severe outbreak of northern corn leaf blight in some areas of the province and incidents of Asian soybean rust increasing in the southern United States, growers in eastern Canada are reminded to take preventative measures when it comes to disease management in corn and soybeans.

A properly timed fungicide application offers disease protection while increasing a crop’s standability and stress tolerance, helping to achieve maximum yield. 

With eastern Canada’s unpredictable climate, sometimes crop diseases in corn and soybeans are unavoidable. Disease impact is different each year, depending on weather and crop staging; it’s hard for growers to predict ahead of time if their crops will be affected. Even during a dry summer, corn and soybeans can benefit from the added plant health benefits of a fungicide.

Priaxor is a new fungicide from BASF. It contains two modes of action. Pyraclostrobin, the same active ingredient in Headline, provides the extra benefits of increased plant health. The second is a new active ingredient called Xemium, which provides more consistent and continuous disease control compared to other fungicides.

After seeing good results with Headline, Adam McKellar, a soybean grower in Alvinston, Ontario tried a Priaxor trial on his crop last summer.

“We noticed the AgCelence benefits right in the field, the whole summer, especially through the dry August we had in Ontario. The plant health benefits really helped us. We also saw seed quality and seed uniformity, which is very important for us as seed growers.”

Fungicide efficacy depends on proper application timing, rate, and application method to achieve maximum effectiveness as determined by label instructions and overall level of disease in the field. Soybeans should be sprayed at the pin-bean stage and corn at the tassel stage for optimum control and plant health.

For grower Marty Derks from Chesterville, ON, spraying his corn at the proper time really paid off in his fields.

“This year, we did a trial of Headline versus Priaxor versus an untreated check. Priaxor excelled by up to six to seven bushels an acre over Headline and 20 bushels an acre over the untreated check. Based on the results this year, we plan on using Priaxor in the future.”

With corn and soybeans having high profit potential, it’s essential for growers to not only protect their crop from disease, but to also give it the added advantage of AgCelence. A properly timed fungicide application offers disease protection while increasing a crop’s standability and stress tolerance, helping to achieve maximum yield.

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