The Midwest drought has hit farmers in the region with a double-whammy this summer. First, obviously, many crops are just withering and dying in the hot, dry conditions. Second, the lack of rain hurt some of the pre-emergence herbicides out there, allowing weeds to choke what crops were able to beat the heat. During the recent Anthem Field Plot Tour, FMC officials got the chance to talk with farmers throughout the Midwest. In Ames, Iowa, Chuck caught up with FMC Midwest Regional Business Manager Randy Young, whose territory covers from Minnesota to Colorado and has seen a wide variety of conditions this year, but everyone is dry. He said FMC’s Authority brands have performed well, and they can’t wait to add Anthem, the herbicide on display during this plot tour, if the EPA approves it for use this fall.
“What I see is a lot of excitement from retailers. It’s another tool in the tool box,” adding that they expect Anthem to bring a lot more flexibility to the market, from early pre-planting application in corn to post-emergence in soybeans.
Listen to Chuck’s interview with Randy here: Interview with Randy Young, FMC Midwest Regional Business Manager
You can find photos from the event here: FMC Anthem Field Plot Tour Photos