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At an applied cost of around $25 per acre, producers need to see more than a 7.5-bushel-per-acre advantage for $3.25 corn and more than a 3-bushel advantage for $8 soybeans to break even on a fungicide application.
Manufacturers say results show that fungicides typically provide a payback in today’s economy:
In the last 5 years, fungicide use has exploded in the United States, which means there are a lot of producers who should be pushing the pencil on fungicide profitability as markets shift.
“In 2003, there were almost no corn acres treated with fungicides and few soybean acres. Now, we’re treating 40 to 50 million acres of corn and soybeans each year,” says Don Hershman, University of Kentucky Extension plant pathologist.
The initial bump in fungicide use on…