Crop Protection

Herbicides

Ever heard the saying- “one weed early is worse than a 100 weeds late”, well we still don’t want those 100 weeds late, but early weed control is critical in determining crop yield.  Ensure your fertilizer is used by your crops and not your weeds.    The professionals at Blair’s can help you with weed identification, crop staging for appropriate application and developing an integrated weed management plan including rotation options and restrictions.  Make sure you sign up for our agronomy alerts under our professional agronomy section.

Click here to see the comprehensive list of herbicide groups and modes of action.

Fungicides

What is a Plant Disease?

A plant disease is defined as any disturbance that prevents the normal growth and development of a plant and reduces its economic or aesthetic value. Diseases are caused by living agents, such as micro-organisms and parasitic plants; and by non-living agents, such as environmental factors, faulty nutrition or chemical substances. The living agents are called pathogens or biotic agents and the non-living agents are called abiotic agents. The visible reactions of the plant to the agent are called symptoms (including wilting, stunting, yellowing, death and abnormal growth of part or all of the plant.) More and more producers are discovering the value of a fungicide application in crop protection planning.

Click here to see frequently asked questions about cereal leaf diseases, names and pictures of diseases.


The key to success with fungicide applications is ensuring you have the right pathogen identified and are applying the fungicide at the right stage of the crop.    

Insecticides

The most difficult challenge with managing insecticides is that they can do a lot of damage in a very short period of time. It takes time to walk your fields and identify if insects are present, in some cases set traps, and most importantly to determine if necessary thresholds are there to make a decision to spray.  Once again, ensure you sign up for our Agronomy Alerts to stay in touch with what insects are doing in your area.