Drought Hurts Crops, Allows Weeds to Grow

John DavisAgribusiness, Audio

Farmers in the Midwest have been hit hard with drought this summer. Not only has the dry, hot weather withered the crops, but the lack of rain also kept a lot of pre-emerge herbicides from working properly. During the recent Anthem Field Plot Tour, FMC officials got the chance to talk with farmers throughout the Midwest about these kinds of issues. 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: [wpaudio url=”http://zimmcomm.biz/fmc/randy-young.mp3″ text=”Interview with Randy Young, FMC Midwest Regional Business Manager”]

You can find photos from the event here: FMC Anthem Field Plot Tour Photos