The timing for Fusarium head blight is still several weeks away, but planning ahead can ease some of the challenges. Berthold, North Dakota farmer Mark Birdsall says timing of the fungicide application is critical. “Everybody’s working hard to try and get it sprayed at the right time and make that timing window work,” says Birdsall. “What we’ve seen on our farm is that when we push the window too early, we see reduced effectiveness of the fungicide. That happens a lot because people have acres to cover and a lot of times the weather doesn’t cooperate with you to cover those acres.” Birdsall says being able to plan ahead and applying earlier would be helpful to protect more of the crop.
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