5 Reasons to Use a Fungicide

We are coming up on a very critical time of year. While plant and harvest typically get the most attention, the mid-season application can truly make or break your yields (or piggy banks). So how do you know that applying a fungicide? We have outlined the top 5 reasons to apply a fungicide: 

1: Increased yield

In the Iowa WinField United Answer Plot’s last year, they tested the effectiveness of fungicides and if there would be any yield increase from it. Last year they saw a 2.6 bushel per acre increase in the soybeans treated with a fungicide over those that were not. Nationally, there was a 2.1 bushel per acre increase on soybeans. For corn, they saw a 14.3 bu/a yield advantage at Iowa AnswerPlot locations and a 15.3 yield bu/a advantage nationally.  

Looking to pick up some extra yield? That just might be reason enough to add a fungicide application into your summer plans. 

2: Can Tank Mix with an Insecticide and Micronutrients

Diseases are not the only concern at this time of year. Insect’s begin to make their appearance in droves around mid-to late July depending on the year. By combining your micronutrient, fungicide, and insecticide application, you can save on application costs and it will also decrease the amount of traffic on your fields. 

3: Maintains Plant Vitality

This may seem like an obvious statement, but the application of a fungicide isn’t just for increased yields, it’s also to help fight the effects of diseases. Reducing the impact that diseases can have will help the plant continue to grow normally. 

4: Improves Stalk Strength for Harvestability

Diseases tend to weaken stalks, making the plant more susceptible to lodging and green snap. Considering some of the severe weather we’ve had so far this year, high winds and hail, this may be a critical factor in ensuring your crops survive until harvest. 

5: Protects Lower Leaves and New Growth

Brown spot, cercospora, downy mildew, rust, frogeye leaf spot, rhizoctonia aerial blight, pod & stem blight, alternaria leaf spot, anthracnose, powdery mildew, white mold, and other diseases may infect your soybean crop this year. While fungicides don’t always “cure” diseases, they can act preventatively and protect the more susceptible parts of the plant.

Our customers have seen great results from fungicide applications. We recommend using Priaxor® (on soybeans) or Headline® AMP (on corn) because we have seen great results and return on investment in our territory. In a Priaxor® fungicide trail on soybeans, growers saw incredible results from their application. 

Pictures were take 9/20/2016. Priaxor was applied crossways in sprayer width strips on CROPLAN R22025 soybeans.

While we understand that there are less expensive products out there, we recommend Headline® AMP and Priaxor® because they have the best and most consistent ROI. 

Still not sure if a fungicide is right for you? No problem, talk with one of our CFE agronomists who will help you decide if a mid-season application of fungicide, insecticide, and micronutrient is economical for your specific operation.