Guest Blog: Disease Control at Any Stage – The BASF Wheat Fungicide Story

At Commodity Classic this year, BASF will share how its fungicide portfolio benefits a wheat crop throughout its growth cycle, ultimately influencing yield potential. From protecting seedlings during planting, to warding off diseases at the flowering stage, BASF fungicides control diseases, offer Plant Health benefits and contribute to healthier plants at all stages of growth.

Understanding the benefits of fungicides at any stage

A wheat crop’s final yield potential can be affected at the beginning of the planting stage. To help improve yields, it’s important to protect seedlings with a fungicide seed treatment. BASF offers Stamina® F4 Cereals fungicide seed treatment as a way for growers to control diseases and promote Plant Health in seedlings.

“Not only does Stamina F4 Cereals fungicide seed treatment control seed borne diseases such as Rhizoctonia root rot, common root rot and seedling blight, but it also increases cold tolerance and vigor while providing increased and consistent plant emergence” said Paula Halabicki, BASF Technical Marketing Manager. “These Plant Health benefits can lead to higher yield potential for growers.”

Tillering is another stage that is crucial to yield potential as head size is determined during this time. Priaxor® fungicide, when applied in the fall, helps control leaf diseases and promotes growth efficiency. Controlling leaf diseases and improved growth efficiency results in greener leaves and more tillers which can positively impact yield.

During the jointing stage, when kernels per head are determined, and flag leaf stage, when 60 to 70 percent of the photosynthate for grain fill is produced, growers should use a fungicide that has a flexible application window to control diseases.

“We recommend growers use Nexicor fungicide during the jointing and flag leaf stages because of its wide application window,” said Halabicki. “Because of its flexibility, growers can use this fungicide at their convenience to control powdery mildew, tan spot and rust diseases.”

Additionally, head scab disease can affect wheat at the flowering stage. It can be the most destructive wheat disease that growers face, making grain unmarketable, reducing yield and test weight, and increasing levels of deoxynivalenol (DON).

Halabicki recommends growers use Caramba® fungicide to manage head scab, while controlling other late-season foliar diseases, to help growers achieve a high-quality harvest.

Setting ourselves apart while setting growers up for success

BASF has led the way in the search for new active ingredients to combat fungal diseases in cultivated plants and wheat is no different. With a robust fungicide program to help growers control diseases at any stage, BASF has solutions that can help a wheat crop start strong and finish even stronger.

Growers attending Commodity Classic can find BASF at booth number 1509 to learn more about BASF’s fungicide portfolio for wheat. For information on BASF’s full portfolio of wheat products, visit GrowSmartWheat.com.

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