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    Farming & Crop Protection Stories From The Field

    Stories From The Field

      BASF representatives work with growers and retailers to challenge the potential of his or her business. Stories from the Field highlights the voices of our customers and the agriculture community.

    A woman and man examining a corn field.

    Make a decision now to combat corn rootworms

    Adult corn rootworm beetles are invading cornfields across the Midwest. According to North Dakota State University, corn rootworms cost U.S. producers about $1 billion annually in yield losses and the input costs to control them.

    Acting fast to control fire ants

    If the almond crop isn’t protected while it’s on the ground, growers may see an impact on the overall quality at harvest. Ant feeding can cause damage to the almond nut, downgrading the quality of what would have been premium nuts.

    A woman and man examine a field for wireworms.

    Five steps to harvest milkweed this fall

    Fall is right around the corner, so it’s time to think about the steps for harvesting milkweed seed. Following these steps to harvest milkweed seeds is a great way to give monarch caterpillars a food source.

    Corn field.

    Wheat insights from the Northern Plains

    BASF Innovation Specialist, Bethany Erickson, shares a few highlights from the current wheat season and tips growers can act upon to improve crop inputs for future success in the Northern Plains.

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    To control target spot, target it first

    For a lot of foliar diseases, growers take a see-it-and-spray approach. When it comes to target spot, they can’t afford to wait — as soon as they see signs the disease is coming, they should be in the sprayer.

    Diseased leaves.

    Iowa grower’s corn crop defeats the odds

    In 2018, Jason Durschmidt used the Poncho®/VOTiVO® 2.0 seed treatment system* on some of his corn acres for the first time and learned interesting insights throughout the year, starting with planting.

    Grills family talks with Scott Kay.

    Understanding temperature inversions

    When planning your Engenia® herbicide application this spring, it’s important to be able to identify if a temperature inversion exists and understand why they must be avoided.

    Make spider mites bite the dust

    Because the season’s weather patterns are often hard to predict, it is important to implement a pest management plan to handle any weather complications that might occur.

    Become a student of your crop

    Cool, wet weather has the potential to bring about fungal pathogens as well as insect issues. Here are practices that can help better you understand your crop this season.

    Field of rice at sunrise.

    The wheat disease control myth

    As you anticipate the challenges that your crops might face this year, none of those challenges are as top of mind as preventative vs. post-infection disease control. Preventative action against disease is always the best tool in your arsenal.