Stalk integrity and standability were hot topics during the 2015 harvest, unfortunately for the wrong reasons in many places. To have a better experience in 2016, there are some steps that can be taken right away.
- Hybrid Selection: Hybrid selection is critical to helping seeds start strong. Choosing the right hybrid for the right condition can be the difference between good yields and great yields. This is especially true to help prevent deteriorated stalk health and to ensure crops reach their maximum potential. Check stalk strength ratings for hybrids using tools like the Golden Harvest® Corn product finder, and be on the lookout for hybrids with additional protection against below-ground insects like corn rootworm.
- Crop Protection: Syngenta agronomists observed that crops where fungicides were used performed better under pressure from diseases like northern corn leaf blight and experienced fewer standability issues. When choosing a fungicide package for next year, it is important to keep in mind that this added protection can help stalk health for their fields.
For more recommendations on protecting stalk quality and yield results, contact your local Syngenta representative.
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