Fungicides have become an increasingly important tool in the farmer’s proverbial toolbox in recent years. This has been spurred by the need for solutions to damaging diseases and the favorable markets, especially when commodity prices are as high as many markets are now. Kevin Hartman is a crop protection field sales representative with Bayer Crop Science.
Hartman… “One, either disease is present and they're needing to spray. Commodity price helps in that. And even if you look today, that would really help fungicide applications, even in the absence or low disease pressure. I think growers have seen the benefits of a fungicide application over time, and it has increased. It has been more of a planned treatment in their production system. So, you know, in the past it took quite a few more bushels than it is this year to make a fungicide pay.”
Hartman is based in Kansas where he is one of Bayer’s cereal experts and works with dealers who sell crop protection products to growers.
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