For all the projections, forecasts and analytics that allow you to make smarter decisions, you’re still subjected to a significant amount of risk and uncertainty every growing season.
You don’t know if a crop price will drop or rise. You can’t be certain if a drought or a flood will devastate your crops. You aren’t sure what commodity prices will do, whether the weather will cooperate. The difference between a successful season and an unsuccessful season is often a matter of one thing going wrong, even when everything else goes right.
While you can’t predict the future, you can prepare for it. That means proactively confronting and managing the various risks and uncertainties that can creep into nearly every grower’s operations.
Three BASF crop protection products, Xanthion™ In-furrow fungicide, Headline AMP® fungicide and Sharpen® herbicide, were recently awarded top honors by agricultural trade media and growers.
Agriculture is the heart of the BASF Crop Production business, and ensuring the agriculture industry thrives and that people have enough food to eat, is one of our top priorities. Feeding America provides food to people in need, which aligns well with the beliefs of BASF.
What’s the best plan of attack to promote Plant Health in the face of severe weather? What’s the latest science behind Plant Health? How can the three pillars of Plant Health help maximize yield potential on your operation? The BASF Plant Health Winning Seasons Facebook page answers all these questions, and it gives growers the chance to win fun summer prizes!
BASF Plant Health fungicides, like Headline AMP® fungicide, made their mark at the 2013 NCGA National Corn Yield Contest, where 83 percent of the winners used a BASF Plant Health fungicide.
Gary Fellows, Ph.D., BASF Plant Health Technical Services Manager, plays an enthusiastic role in the company’s partnerships with the aerial application industry, including serving as a member of the National Agricultural Aviation Research & Education Foundation (NAAREF) Professional Aerial Applicators’ Support System (PAASS) Program Development Committee. We sat down with Dr. Fellows to discuss why BASF is a passionate supporter of aerial applicators.
Many growers experience infections caused by the fungal pathogen Botrytis cinerea during the late winter and throughout the spring months.
Agronomist Rob Klueppel works on a range of crops on more than 20,000 acres. With a variety of crops grown, including corn, beans and wheat, Klueppel has his work cut out for him when advising growers about herbicides and fungicides.
Disease control and Plant Health are critical to helping a crop reach its full potential of high yields and high quality. There is now a distinctive choice for farmers to use to cultivate strong, plentiful crops. Xemium® fungicide, one of the latest active ingredients from BASF, helps power Priaxor™ fungicide and Merivon® fungicide, two unique Plant Health fungicides that take crop protection to a whole new level.
Thirty years of experience in agribusiness gives a pest control advisor a strong sense of what makes a good herbicide. Longtime PCA Mike Pettigrew advises vineyard and orchard owners in California how to best protect their crops, and he sees BASF products as the best defense.
Feeding the world’s growing population while protecting the land is a topic that’s never far from a farmer’s mind. Some farmers, such as Eric Scheuer, incorporate tilling practices and herbicides that minimally disturb the soil.
In more places than ever, and across a larger number of common species, weeds resistant to glyphosate are an ever-increasing problem, monopolizing the time and effort of more and more growers each year.
Before growers plant this fall, crop experts are encouraging them to evaluate their risk for possible herbicide carryover. The drought conditions for the 2012 growing season resulted in less herbicide degradation in soil, particularly with several different herbicide chemistries offered by multiple manufacturers.
Timing is of great importance in a farmer’s life, and planting crops within the proper time frame has an impact on success and yield. For fifth-generation farmer David Mohler, his family has invested a lot of time in their 2,600 acre corn and soybean farm in Frankfurt, Indiana.
With a unique vantage into what growers want and need, chemical sales managers know the tricks of the agriculture trade. Growers look to sales managers like Brandon Grubbs, from B&D Chemicals of Central Illinois, for advice on how to kill weeds, fight disease and support Plant Health.
For the Wharam family, life in North Dakota is rooted in agriculture. From the family’s aerial application business to son Chris’ role with BASF, family life and agriculture have always gone hand-in-hand.
Multi-year research trials in corn and soybeans have shown that a comprehensive pest-management program utilizing a combination of herbicides, fungicides and insecticides provides effective weed, disease and insect control to help maximize yields and profit.
Priaxor™ fungicide, BASF’s latest innovation in disease protection, is a combination of the same active ingredient in Headline® fungicide and a new active ingredient: Xemium® fungicide. Xemium is continuously distributed throughout the leaf to help deliver the ultimate in disease protection. Priaxor gives soybean growers superior disease control, Plant Health benefits and more consistent yield increases.
Jack Holifield grows corn, cotton and soybeans on a 3,500-acre farm in Kennett, Mo. Most of the farm is minimum- or no-till, and he irrigates about 90 percent of the land. A few years ago, Holifield started using Headline® fungicide on his corn and soybeans for increased disease control and Plant Health benefits.
Louisiana rice growers who have discovered resistant sheath blight in their production fields have been granted emergency access to Sercadis™ fungicide to fight this burgeoning threat to yield and crop quality.
Farming economically is top priority for most growers. With that goal in mind, BASF creates products that aid growers in their quest to use their land and other resources as efficiently as possible. Steve and Donna Roth grow irrigated corn; a number of dry, edible beans and spring wheat on their 4,000 acre farm in Wadena, Minn. Farming in Central Minnesota leaves the Roths facing short days and short seasons, so they look for products that work in a timely manner.
Xemium® fungicide, an advanced active ingredient that will power several new solutions, has received EPA registration.
Xemium forms rainfast depots on leaf surfaces that enable it to continuously distribute its unique chemistry throughout the leaf over time. Its high degree of mobility delivers the ultimate in continuous protection and more consistent performance.
Working on the front lines of Ag Service gives agronomists a leading edge on understanding trends in weed-resistance management, disease control and Plant Health. Dean Schafer, an agronomist with Chebanse Ag Service in Chebanse, Illinois, has analyzed trends in his region and seen growers repeatedly turn to BASF for the products they need.
BASF has spent the past two years partnering with university agronomists to put its innovative, high-yielding products to the test. These research trials in corn and soybeans have shown that a comprehensive pest-management program utilizing a combination of herbicides, fungicides and insecticides provides effective weed, disease and insect control, while maximizing Plant Health for potentially higher yields and profit.
Volatile weather patterns make growers feel as if they are living between extremes. When a wet spring delayed planting, then a dry growing season stressed his plants, Brandon Sancken lessened the impact of those conditions with help from BASF.