RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, June 7,
2012-- A mild winter has soybean growers on
alert for the disease pressure that may have
over-wintered in fields and pose a threat to this
year's crop. The increase in disease pressure this year
means it's even more important for growers to
intensively manage fields and control disease to
produce a healthy, high-yielding crop.
With the high profit potential in soybeans,
protecting the crop to get the most out of every acre
is increasingly important.
Though weather uncertainty is always an issue for
growers, planning ahead is a crucial first step toward
"To protect profit potential, growers need
to plan early to control disease," said Nick Fassler,
Technical Market Manager, BASF. "Staying ahead of
soybean diseases and planning for a well-timed
fungicide application is important to control damaging
Growers should take the time to actively scout
fields, evaluating weed-control programs and looking
for early-season disease pressure, Fassler said.
and frogeye leaf spot are common late season diseases
to watch for. Protecting soybeans from these diseases
will keep plants healthy so they can produce higher
yields and profit.
"With soybeans planted earlier than usual in many
areas this year, we can anticipate larger, healthier,
more vegetative growth of the plants earlier in the
season," Fassler said. "The larger plant sizes
increases the number of nodes to develop pods on. It's
important to apply a fungicide to protect the soybean
plant during the reproductive stages and through grain
To protect soybean crops, growers should consider
a well-timed application of
provides preventative and post-infection disease
control from some of the toughest fungal
Priaxor, the latest fungicide from
BASF, contains F500® - the same active ingredient as
Headline® fungicide - and Xemium® fungicide, a new
active ingredient, providing an additional mode of
action in row crops.
In BASF research from 2009 through
2011,soybeans treated with Priaxor showed
nearly 17 percent less severity of Septoria
brown spot compared to untreated soybean checks.
"By combining F500 with Xemium, we've taken the
best soybean fungicide available and made it better,"
Fassler said. "These chemistries have similar, broad
disease control spectrums that overlap nicely. This
allows Priaxor to protect crops from some of the
toughest foliar diseases in order to consistently
achieve high yield potential."
Research shows that Priaxor provides consistent
performance. In more than 75 trials conducted by BASF
in 2010 and 2011, Priaxor-treated soybeans had higher
yields than untreated acres 87 percent of the time. In
comparison, the current leader in the soybean market,
Headline, out-yielded untreated checks 83 percent of
To learn more about Priaxor and its value to
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