Think Plant Health Early and Benefit All Season Long

May 30, 2018 12:00 PM
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Proactively including fungicides in soybean planning may improve yields


There’s no way to predict what will occur during the soybean growing season. But there is a way to prepare for whatever does.

By planning for Plant Health early, growers can ensure they’re ready to apply a BASF fungicide that can make the difference between good or bad yield return.

“A reason to plan fungicide applications is that Mother Nature doesn’t always give us what we want,” said Joshua Miller, BASF Technical Marketing Manager.

Every field will have different challenges, from disease pressures to environmental stresses. A strong, steady fungicide like Priaxor® Xemuim® brand fungicide that has a full suite of Plant Health benefits can help growers handle each field’s needs.

Plant Health starts with disease control. Additionally, Priaxor fungicide helps promote growth efficiencies, such as a higher rate of photosynthesis and increased nitrogen use efficiency. It also improves stress tolerance by reducing the hormone ethylene, which increases when a plant is stressed and causes pod drop, flower abortion and diminishing leaves.

Those benefits go a long way toward improving yield.

“Seeing is believing when you’re in the combine and the yield increases when you enter the treated portion of your field,” Miller said.

Priaxor fungicide has been shown to deliver consistent Plant Health performance in soybeans. Across more than 550 on-farm trials from 2012–2016, Priaxor fungicide helped improve yield response 92 percent of the time, with an average increase of 4.5 bu/A compared to untreated acres. About 77 percent of the time the increase was more than 2 bu/A.

Planning ahead allows growers to target their fields that have the best varieties and the most potential. This boost-the-best strategy may help maximize yield goals and ROI by pushing those fields to an even higher level.

Another benefit of thinking about Plant Health early is it lets growers be proactive with their BASF fungicide applications. If a grower waits until there are visible disease symptoms in the field, the disease has a significant head start on any fungicide. By applying when the conditions for disease are ripe, but before symptoms appear, the BASF fungicide can deliver Plant Health benefits at the cellular level and help prevent the disease from reducing yield.

Remember, applying a fungicide when the disease is visible won’t cure the plant — it may only halt the spread of the disease.

Because a fungicide is usually the last application growers make for the year, it’s easy to see it as an unaffordable expense that pops up when things are already tight. But if the cost and ROI are factored into the yearly budget during pre-season planning, it’s easier to see the benefits to both yield and the bottom line.

“When the team — the grower, retailer and BASF Innovation Specialist — is preplanning, it’s important for all parties involved to revisit how applying a product like Priaxor fungicide may impact yield,” Miller said.

To learn more about Priaxor fungicide and other soybean solutions, talk to your BASF rep or retailer today or visit

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Priaxor and Xemium are registered trademarks of BASF.

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