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March 2013 Archive for Syngenta Field Report

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The Syngenta Field Report features information and experts from Syngenta sharing observations about issues growers are dealing with in the fields.

Quilt Xcel Fungicide: Multiple Benefits for Multiple Conditions

Mar 21, 2013
Quilt Xcel® fungicide on corn provides farmers with numerous benefits in various growing environments. Dr. Eric Tedford and Andrew Fisher, technical and commercial product leads for fungicides, respectively, outline the key benefits provided by Quilt Xcel, including enhanced plant growth and greening, better root development, improved water use efficiency in dry conditions, improved harvestability, extended grain fill for bigger ears and delayed disease progression. 
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Product Performance assumes the presence of disease  pressure. 

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Zebra chips threaten potato acreage

Mar 18, 2013
Few snacks can match the flavorful crunch of the potato chip — and few people can resist eating more than one. By some estimates, Americans consume over 4.3 billion pounds of potato chips each year. The majority comes from potatoes grown in the U.S., where soils and climate provide a solid foundation for growth—and where diseases, both old and new, provide ongoing challenges to crop yield and quality.

The most recent disease to hit the country’s potato acreage threatens to wield a direct blow to the thriving processed potato market at large. Named after the thin striping it causes, zebra chip, once confined to Texas and other Southwestern potato-growing regions, is steadily spreading northward. The discovery of potato psyllids in southern Idaho carrying the bacterium that causes zebra chip—Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum—in 2011 and again in 2012 confirms that the disease has now reached North America’s largest potato production area. Read more

ZC tuber symptoms (Shepody)


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Beyond Drought

Mar 04, 2013

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By some accounts, growing corn in 2012 was like "putting plants in a frying pan." A lot of sleep was lost—and a lot of character was gained—as U.S. agriculture weathered the worst drought in 56 years. For many growers, it was a particularly harsh reminder of just how much agriculture relies on water to produce crops. For others, it was an eye-opening look at how far the right combination of genetics, crop protection and management can push the envelope of crop production under moisture stress.

"We had some nice rains early on but not a drop after mid-June, and we still had some fields that made their best yield ever," says Gary Plunkett, a grower and seed dealer in central Iowa. Despite the heat and alarming lack of rain, his corn after soybeans produced 180 to 200 bushels per acre. Read the full article.

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