The 2018 soybean season is upon us. So what’s your bet? Will this be a high pressure Sclerotinia sclerotiorum years with disastrous white mold losses for soybeans? Or maybe disease pressure will be light enough to keep your losses to a minimum.
Maybe. Our fingers are crossed, because at this point in the season, it’s anyone’s guess. There are, however, a few things we know for certain.
1. Even under “light pressure” white mold, yields can drop by as much as 10%.
2. White mold doesn’t simply “go away.” If it’s been in your fields before, at some point, it will be there again.
3. Once you spot white mold, the damage is done — and the question isn’t whether you’ll lose yields, but how much.
Experts agree that for maximum soybean yields, white mold must be prevented before it occurs, not merely controlled after the fact. Still, every season, there’s a degree of uncertainty, resulting in some growers rolling the dice that white mold won’t rear its ugly head, choosing a “wait and see” approach, before making a fungicide decision.
We want to help make that decision easier for soybean growers this season -- with a brand new, no-risk fungicide program — Break the Mold.
With this innovative program, soybean growers invest in a preventative strategy with Contans® WG and Andiamo® 230 fungicides, knowing their investment is risk free. If they do not cover the program cost with a positive yield difference on treated acres versus untreated acres, Sipcam will refund the dollar value difference between yield value and the cost of Contans and Andiamo purchased.
“Break the Mold could be a real game changer for soybean growers this season,” says Doug Phelps, VP of Sipcam Value-Added Solutions. “There’s no guessing — no need for crystal balls. Growers just follow the program. If the treated acre yields aren’t enough to cover the product cost, we will cover it for them.”
Contans (Coniothyrium minitans) is a preventative fungicide that Break the Mold growers will apply in early spring with pre-emergent herbicides, to start attacking the source of the disease in the soil before it can begin.
Andiamo (tetraconazole) is a highly effective, crop-safe triazole that’s easy to mix in a low volume of water for foliar applications. Notably, it can be tank-mixed with many herbicides and does not produce incidences of green stem in soybeans.
Both are proven performers, anchored by solid field trial results and customer testimonials.
“For growers, Break the Mold is a win-win program,” continues Phelps. “By significantly reducing risk on the front end with Contans, growers are in a much better position to manage any white mold on the back-end with Andiamo.”
We’re betting that soybean growers will see significantly increased yields with the Break the Mold Program. For complete program rules and enrollment details, call (919) 600-5545, or click here.