It looked touch and go towards the end of January in Idaho, in terms of the amount of water we were receiving but a late February gush of snow and rain may mean fields that are soaked for spring planting. A wet spring brings worry of fungus issues with crops. Matt Malone of BASF says farmers should be considering fungicide options now, rather than waiting until the last minute. "One of the biggest misconceptions about the fungicide market today is the flexibility that we would have relative to what we see in the herbicide market. If we have made a mistake with our preventative control in the herbicide world, the option of going back and cleaning up our problems. The fungicide market does not present any of those options. Keeping an eye on what the environment is doing, is it fostering an opportunity for disease development or fungal pathogen development and are we putting a plan in place now.
He says it's important to consider what the problems may be in your area, and evaluate the entire situation.