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Sponsored: To Treat or Not to Treat: Three things to know before you decide

Predicting this summer’s pest problems is like predicting next week’s weather—it’s anyone’s guess.

The pests and disease that plague a particular area change and evolve from week to week and year to year. You might be prepared to fight off a particular pest that proved to be a major problem one year, but be faced with a completely different issue the next year.

In a tight budget year like this one, budgeting for crop protection may take on a “fingers crossed” approach. Unfortunately, pests and diseases really don’t care if commodity prices are low. However, they do care about temperature, humidity, and wind direction, so preparation is key. There are three key things to plan for now:

  • Know the economic threshold
  • Know the range of crop protection products including rates and timing
  • Know which application methods increase the odds of success

Once you’ve determined that treatment will pay, find the application method that increases the odds of ROI by boosting coverage in the affected areas of the plant.

Many growers are rethinking the high speed, low volume application method that has been a common sight during the summer months. The targeted application capabilities of 360 UNDERCOVER allow you to apply product from a variety of angles to eliminate the source of the problem.

Depending on the season, disease can live on either the top or the bottom of the leaf. Pests like spider mites often live deep within the canopy where aerial application can’t reach them. With four adjustable nozzles, this unit allows for flexible application patterns, so you can customize your protection to eliminate these pests and disease at the source. By surrounding them from the top, sides and bottom of the leaf, the crop is covered and protected regardless of what the season brings.

While 360 UNDERCOVER uses the nozzles on the unit down within the canopy, you still utilize your wet boom from above—covering the plant from above the canopy while working to fight off pests and diseases down below. It’s a win-win situation.

You can’t predict what problems might strike your crop in 2017. From white mold in soybeans to sugar cane aphids in sorghum – pests and disease vary from area to area and from crop to crop - but you can rest easy knowing you’re taking extra precautions to apply from all angles. No matter what, your crop is covered.

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