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Fungicides Aren’t All About Yields

Gil Gullickson 05/19/2014 @ 5:30pm Crops Technology Editor for Successful Farming magazine/Agriculture.com

Granted, increasing yields and preserving yield potential are major factors when it comes to fungicide applications.

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Still, Paul Vincelli, University of Kentucky Extension plant pathologist, has learned from talking to farmers that it’s not all about yields, either.  

“A lot of the time, growers are not penciling out to get an X-amount of extra yield,” he says. “They view it as a risk-management tool to protect their ability to get the maximum economic yield. They also are looking at factors like stalk strength, so there are a lot of other things going on.”

“Fungicides for soybeans are a must,” says Matt Miles, aMcGehee, Arkansas, farmer. He credits a soybean fungicide application as a component in helping him raise a contest-winning yield of 107 bushels per acre in a 2013 Arkansas soybean yield contest. The Arkansas Soybean Association and the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board sponsored the contest.

“We put so much in our crop,” he says. “One of the best ways to mitigate risk is to increase yield.”

Timing is crucial for successful fungicide use on soybeans, he adds. Here’s how he times fungicide applications for winning yields. 

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