Plant disease is a somewhat different beast than other crop pests, in that your best offense is a solid defense. It’s rare that any fungicide available to you has any curative effect — the best you can do is slow down development of a disease, once established.

Under the heading of ‘better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it,’ Shaun Haney caught up with Glen Forster of BASF to talk fungicide planning. Planning a fungicide application comes down to crop type and risk level, first, says Forster, but if environmental conditions favour disease development you could end up with a mess faster than you can get a product on.

Check out the interview below, filmed at the Crop Production Show in Saskatoon, for the full discussion on choosing a fungicide, the bonus of not having to use one and why having a plan can really save your yield potential.

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