Thorsten Schwindt is the product manager for corn and soybean fungicides, representing Bayer‘s brands like Stratego. He knows farmers are facing more than just low commodity prices– both this year and last growers have been dealing with high disease pressure as well. At the Farm Progress Show I got to talk with Schwindt about what Bayer is doing on that front.
Anthracnose is especially noticeable this time of year as black powder coats the combine and dings the yield during harvest. The good news is there’s an easy fix. An early application (between V4 to V7) done with a post emergent herbicide is something growers do anyway and isn’t a high-end investment. The early application means protection from the start, protecting the crop from yield drag.
Also on Schwindt’s radar is their new brand, Absolute Maxx. It’s value for disease control is mainly in the High Plains in Nebraska and Kansas, where farmers are growing both corn and wheat.
“In geographies where you are more on a corn/wheat rotation Absolute Max really fits the needs of the grower like a glove because it’s a great brand at tassel time in corn and at the same time I think its about the best brand we’ve seen in terms of stripe rust in the field this year,” Schwindt told me.
To learn more about Bayer’s fungicide lineup, listen to the full interview here: [wpaudio url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/zimmcomm/FPS16-Bayer-Schwindt.mp3″ text=”Interview with Thorsten Schwindt, Bayer”]