Talking Chemicals with Bayer

Jamie Johansen

bayer randyBayer’s Media Luncheon during last week’s Farm Progress Show was a great opportunity to talk with experts in both fungicide and herbicide products.

Randy Myers, Fungicides Product Manager for Bayer, was on hand to talk fungicides at the recent farm show. He covers fungicides across the board, but we specifically chatted about Stratego YLD and Prosaro in regards to corn, soybeans and wheat.

“One thing we have been working on for corn growers is a new application timing. Over the past few years a tassel application has been consistently used across the Midwest, but we’re also looking at an additional timing early season between B4 and B7. Farmers are going across fields anyways making a herbicide spray. What we have been able to research is if you spray a fungicide in the tank at the same time you can save those application costs and the consistent return on investment is quite impressive.”

Listen to my interview with Randy here: Interview with Randy Myers

bayer jeffSenior Corn Herbicide Product Manager, Jeff Springsteen, took time to talk weed resistance. A growing global problem for growers with little light at the end of the tunnel. Jeff shares what many farmers aren’t doing to help decrease the weed epidemic.

“Unfortunately, there are a lot of farmers not doing ideal things to keep weed resistance from growing. Key things are utilizing full use rates. For years we have tried to cut the cost down by using half the rate. And thats one of the worst things you can do from the standpoint of developing weed resistance. We need to encourage our farmers to use full use rates and use multiple modes of action.”

Listen to my interview with Jeff here: Interview with Jeff Springsteen

Check out photos from the event here: 2013 Farm Progress Show Photo Album

Coverage of the 2013 Farm Progress show is sponsored by Bayer CropScience, Growmark and New Holland
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