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By: Clint Muhlenkamp

The double fungicide results are in!

I realize this has been a highly anticipated result, so I won’t drag it out any longer.  There was a 10 bushel increase in the soybeans applied with two passes of fungicide (StrategoYLD®) and a micronutrient foliar (Max-IN® for Beans)!  This wasn’t the 15 bushel increase I projected in an earlier blog, but it’s still a significant difference – especially in terms of ROI.

Assuming soybeans are $12 dollars a bushel, the cost of the product for both applications is approximately four bushel or $48 dollars.  With a response of 10 bushel and you subtract the four bushel for cost of product; you’re still left with a 6 bushel gain.  That’s a $72 per acre boost!

And just think if we would have gotten the August rains that our soybeans love so dearly – we could have seen our bushel increase double!  Although the response wasn’t as big as I projected, the grower still came out smelling like a rose.

So after hearing some of last year’s results of double fungicide trials as well as our local trial in Celina, a two pass of fungicide on soybeans appears to be a wise investment – especially with bean prices north of $10 dollars.

Ask your local Mercer Landmark dealer how to make a two pass fungicide application a part of next year’s game plan!  You’ll be glad you did.

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