Do you have a feeling of déjà vu this year? Planting progress unrolled at a pace like we saw in 2013, which was well behind the 10-year average. Last year, frequent rains were the common culprit that kept most of you out of your fields for so long.
This year's wet conditions partnered with unseasonable air temperatures. In turn, this slowed the rate at which your soil warmed to a favorable planting temperature.
Profit and fungicides in corn
Our agronomists replicated field trials to test yield response to fungicides applied in corn. We then ran models using the average yield response and average industry costs for product and application. We wanted to know as much as you do — does it pay to apply fungicides in corn?
In short, we found
that fungicides are profitable even when corn prices are lower than where they were a year ago. Three years of trial data show at-tassel applications of Stratego® YLD fungicide
resulted in an average corn yield increase of 11.8 bu/A. At $4 corn, that translates into a profit of $22.11/A.*
Yield loss in late-planted soybeans
Like corn, late-planted soybeans can grow rapidly when conditions stabilize. This compromises the plants’ natural defenses.
Late-season diseases aren’t usually a concern in soybeans because they tend to occur when plants are mature. Yet, late planting can affect timing of maturity. Later-maturing plants are more susceptible to
Yield and profit with fungicides in soybeans
Of course, the bottom line comes down to a number of factors that are still unknown at the time of this writing, such as what kind of rain and temperatures will finish out the summer. What we do know is that application of Stratego YLD in soybeans can be as profitable as it is in corn. For the past several years, soybeans treated with an application of Stratego YLD at flowering averaged 3.25 bu/A more than untreated soybeans.** This means an additional profit of $16.41 for $10 soybeans.
*Assumes application of Stratego YLD in corn applied at tassel using industry average costs for product and aerial application.
**Assumes Stratego YLD in soybeans using industry average for product cost and assuming a tankmix with a planned application of herbicides or insecticide.