Using a fungicide to maximize return on investment

Published on: 11:40AM Jan 18, 2011

Eric Tedford

Every businessman knows that a business will not succeed without investment – investment of time, energy, resources and even money. However, every businessman also knows that a business will not succeed unless the product or service can generate a greater return than that investment.

While this concept is applicable in nearly every industry, nobody knows the importance of a good investment more than a grower. At the start of each year, growers must select products that can protect their crops, such as soybean, from a variety of elements that may reduce yields and their bottom line. With hundreds of products to choose from, these can mean the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful growing season.

A study from the University of Wisconsin–Madison revealed disease loss estimates in 2004 were about 12%, or nearly 400 million bushels, representing a total value loss of approximately $2 billion. While the study notes that 2004 was a record-breaking year for disease damage, disease still poses a constant threat to soybean yields each season, making fungicide selection a crucial step in enhancing the quality of your plants.
When investing in a fungicide, it is important to look for one that offers soybean plants broad-spectrum disease control from all four classes of fungi. When left untreated, diseases like rusts, anthracnose and brown spot are just a few of the yield-robbing pests that can take a damaging toll on soybean fields each year. Luckily, these diseases can be readily controlled by a strobilurin fungicide that contains the active ingredient azoxystrobin. However, if frog eye leaf spot is the main concern in your area, it is recommended that you utilize a product with two modes of action to avoid the development of resistance.
In addition to providing broad-spectrum disease control, a strobilurin fungicide containing azoxystrobin can provide plant physiological enhancements that can help you get more bang for your buck. The physiological enhancements provided by a strobilurin fungicide containing azoxystrobin can benefit the health of your soybean plants by improving plant growth through increased water use efficiency and preserved green leaf area that help to maximize yield.

A strobilurin fungicide containing azoxystrobin can offer your soybean fields these advantages to enhance soybean performance, help maximize yield, profit and increase your return on investment.


Treated with a strobilurin fungicide containing azoxystrobin
What diseases did you encounter last season that could have been better controlled by a strobilurin fungicide treatment?

Eric Tedford, Fungicide Technical Brand Manager for Syngenta, provides technical leadership for the development of fungicides. His experience includes fungicide research and development for field crops, development of postharvest fungicides, and global technical development of fungicides. He holds bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees in plant pathology from the University of Massachusetts, ClemsonUniversity, and the University of California (Davis), respectively.