Evaluating Foliar Fungicide on Soybeans

Many Midwest farmers are asking questions about the benefits of spraying foliar fungicides on their soybean fields.  The simple truth is… there are a lot of opinions.

Be very leery when they are bombarded by claims of yield increases due to improved overall plant health.  Do some of your own testing before deciding to make large-scale applications of these products.  It may very well prove that fungicides of this type will pay great dividends on certain farms and pay zero dividends on others!

There is one very important thing to remember when conducting trials of this kind:  leave some areas in the field unsprayed to “check” the actual value of the products.  As you make plans for the 2014 crop, keep these three things in mind:

  1. Be sure you’re making an apples-to-apples comparison.  For example, I’ve received reports from farmers who advocate the use of foliar fungicides on soybeans.  However, the fields they compared were several miles away and some were not even the same soybean variety!
  2. There are people out there who want to sell you something, regardless of whether you need it.
  3. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

One of our brand promises at Latham Hi-Tech Seeds is to help farmers save time.  Another promise is to help farmers reduce risk.  That’s why I’m being as honest as possible by questioning the investment in foliar fungicide on soybeans.  Seed treatments, on the other hand, are worth the investment.  Seed treatments are one key to achieving higher soybean yields; click here for others.