Response to Fungicide

Disease was prevalent in CFS geography in 2018.  As we go into 2019 knowing where and when a fungicide will have a positive return can be the difference between making money and losing money.  We use an RTF score to determine whether a variety will have a positive or negative response to the fungicide.  2017 Answer Plot data shows varieties ranged from 0 to 37-bushel response on a fungicide application. 
Central Advantage has hybrid data on fungicide applications.  For example:
3909SS has a high RTF score.  Our data from Central Advantage shows that 3909SS had a 14+ bushel response from a tassel application of fungicide.  That’s $42 of additional revenue per acre (assuming $3 commodity prices)!
Dan Larson, one of our CFS agronomists, tested a fungicide application with one of his customers.  The in-season image below shows the difference where fungicide was applied and where it was not. The area on the right (green) displays healthier plants than the left (red).
 
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If interested, we have more local data on RTF scores and fungicide application results.    Contact your local Central Farm Service or Central Advantage Representative to see which hybrids show a better ROI.
*Applying fungicide to high RTF varieties does not guarantee a positive response.  Work with your CFS agronomist on choosing the right hybrids and when to apply fungicides on your field.