Foliar Health Basics: Fungicide Return on Investment
Generating Return on Fungicide Investment
With tighter crop margins, some growers see eliminating some inputs as an easy way to reduce input investment. But in the case of fungicides, diminishing disease protection could result in significant yield loss at a time when every bushel counts.
Applying a top-performing fungicide at the critical reproductive stage in soybeans is typically the most profitable strategy. In multiple soybean trials conducted between 2010 and 2015, applying DuPont™ Aproach® Prima fungicide at R2-R3 led to crops that produced greater yields than untreated plots and plots treated with other fungicides.
In 2015 University of Tennessee field trials that focused on control of heavy frogeye leaf spot pressure, Aproach® Prima provided top profitability per acre compared to other fungicide applications and untreated check plots, based on a soybean price of $8.80 per bushel.
Yield losses from high disease pressure are more obvious, but there can be yield benefits when using the right fungicide under lower disease pressure, says Bond McInnes, fungicide technical manager, DuPont Crop Protection.
“Over the past few years, we’ve seen consistent yield gains from using Aproach® Prima under a range from high to low disease pressure, with an average soybean yield gain of 3.7 bushels per acre.”
DuPont™ Aproach® Prima fungicide is not registered in all states. See your DuPont retailer or representative for availability in your state.
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