Nov 22, 2016
Growers: It’s time to start crop protection planning for 2017

{Sponsored} It’s never too early to start thinking about the 2017 season.

“With the large number of acres that growers are farming now, early crop protection planning is a must,” said Tye Shauck, technical service representative for BASF. “In a crop like potatoes, by the time a pest problem is realized in the field it’s typically too late to mitigate damage.”

Take late blight, for instance. Shauck said the disease is almost always unexpected, yet is a disease growers need to be prepared to control every year.

“We don’t always get late blight because the disease is very weather dependent, but growers must expect to get late blight every season and be ready to apply the appropriate fungicides if the weather turns favorable for the disease,” he said.

Growers must be prepared.

“By having a crop protection plan in place, from in-furrow fungicides and pre-emergent herbicides to the final fungicide and insecticide applications, growers will be set up for success in 2017,” Shauck said.

Here are a few crop protection tools to consider for 2017:

  • Prowl® H2O and Outlook® These are pre-emergent herbicides that are applied after planting potatoes but before crop and weed emergence. A tank mix of these two herbicides controls a wide spectrum of weed species, including nightshades, lambsquarters, pigweeds and many others.
  • Priaxor® fungicide. This fungicide contains two active ingredients that control a number of potato diseases. When applied in-furrow at planting, Priaxor controls soilborne Rhizoctonia and when followed by a foliar application at the early potato rosette stage, Priaxor effectively controls black dot.
  • Endura® This fungicide is the market standard for controlling white mold in potatoes. When applied prior infection, generally around the time of row closure, Endura provides superior control of white mold and can also control Alternaria diseases, such as brown spot and early blight.

“BASF can assist growers in crop protection planning by providing technical and experience-based knowledge on crops, pests, and products,” Shauck said. “Our goal is to recommend the best solutions available regarding crop protection products and help the grower produce the highest yielding and quality crop possible.”

For more information, visit www.GrowSmartPotatoes.com or contact your local BASF representative.

Always read and follow label directions. Grow Smart, Prowl H2O, Outlook, Priaxor and Endura are registered trademarks of BASF.

C. 2016 BASF Corporation

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