Your corn crop can be protected from pests and diseases starting at the beginning of the growing year. UPL Technical Services Lead Lynn Justesen To get the best out of this year’s crops, it is important to look back at last years crop yields to determine what problems were causing them to be lower. Justesen describes 2021 in one word.
It’s another year another lesson in unpredictability, and when you start thinking about those things and those sorts of unpredictability, I always go back to what can I do to start that crops life off as best I can, and I think of products like TEPERA PLUS. TEPERA PLUS HD’s key component, and this has been its first year, was the fact that we changed the ratio. We have the same rate of flouxastrobin as a fungicide, but we added 40 percent to the Bifenthrin and, in doing that when we’re in formulation, we’re also able to take 40 percent out of the use rate. These two things make it an even better product to handle, and rest assured that we change nothing and it’s compatibility and stability within liquid fertilizer. It’s still best in class.
He believes that an in-furrow fungicide or insecticide such as TEPERA PLUSHD is a great way of protecting more plants per acre and protecting those crops from pests, disease, and other threats. UPL upgraded TEPERA Plus HD with a higher level of bifenthrin because of increased rootworm pressure in farm fields.
The beauty of TEPERA Plus is that we were able to identify areas with higher levels so that we could help those plants in their current system. This would make it more robust and protect the crop even longer. I think the other thing is that there’s nothing else out there that has something like the Flouxastrobin that’s in TEPERA PLUS, so that if we do get some sort of an injury in that plant, that it also has the best disease protection available in soil as well in order to protect that plant from not only past like corn rootworm but from soil borne diseases.
Justesen discusses what growers can do throughout the year to prevent diseases.
I think as you’re trying to think of ways to prevent disease, prevention is the best measure. Although we can often correct problems once we see them, you may have already lost more. A TEPERA PLUSHD, which gives you a very strong fungicide and an insecticide in furrow in both soybeans and corn, is a great way start a year. It will also help you stay on that path for a full year.