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Brad Allen

Brad Allen

Brad is U.S. Crop Protection Product Marketing Manager at FBN with over 17 years of agricultural retail experience in sales and marketing. He brings a passion for agri-marketing with degrees in Agribusiness and Marketing from Mississippi State and a Masters of Agribusiness degree from University of Florida.


Jun 23, 2022

by Brad Allen

As you start to think about using fungicide and insecticide applications this year to combat disease and pests, you’ll want to consider the best ways to get the most out of your application. The last thing you want is yield loss.  Let’s look at the 7 things to know before applying insecticides and fungicides:  1. Know your heat Insect development can be tied to growing degree days (GDD). Growing degree days are a measurement of heat accumulation over time.(1) This is helpful in years where days are hotter than previous years and result in an acceleration of insect pressure and more opportunities for pests to affect yield potential by causing damage to roots and foliage. The GDD for 1st generation adult bean leaf beetles are 1,212 degree days.(2) Knowing the degree days can help develop increased awareness and scouting practices as your farm gets closer to these critical GDD. Did you know that you can see growing degree units by uploading your and unlocking this feature on your FBN® account?  2. Scouting for Confidence Increase your confidence in making timely fungicide and insecticide applications with a quality crop scouting program. Typical crop scouting of walking fields every 7 days will help to see patterns of increased pest or disease pressure. Knowing the economic threshold of specific pests can build confidence in when the time is right to make an insecticide application. 3. Curative or Preventive? Fungicides can be segmented into two camps. Curative or Preventive. Preventive activity happens when the fungicide is present in the leaf tissue but before initial infection occurs. Applications with a Group 11 Fungicide such as can help create a protective barrier before plant diseases are present.  A curative fungicide stops the early growth of the fungal pathogen after infection, the first step of the disease cycle, has occurred. Most curative fungicides are also preventive if applied prior to infection. Despite their name, curative fungicides will NOT cure a plant of the disease. They are not effective against advanced disease cycles. A Group 3 fungicide such as   is considered to be a curative fungicide. and can be tank mixed together to provide a one tank mix solution that's both preventive and curative. 4. Inspect what you expect Do you know how much yield potential you saved from yield robbing pests and diseases this year? Uploading your to your account will help you inspect and overlay many features to better understand crop performance. 5. The right time is the best time The performance and benefits of a fungicide application such as and are optimized at ideal times in crop cycle. Soybeans for example would be in the R3 stage to get the most benefit. (3)  Consider adding   to your fungicide application. Insect feeding creates an entry point for fungal diseases to spread, so if you’ve got bugs, hammer them at the same time by adding an insecticide to your tank mix and keep them from spreading into other fields. 6. Optimize your Tank Mix Make the most of your fungicide and insecticide applications by using adjuvants and crop nutrition products. Adjuvants help increase performance of the product through multiple functions. Insecticides need to be applied on contact while the key component of fungicides is to be absorbed into the plant. Farmers First™ adjuvants can help aid in coverage and absorption. Find the right adjuvant pairing to your crop protection products with the   Many growers leverage the fungicide application with the use of which aids in plant uptake.  Learn more about the complete lineup by downloading the . 7. Leverage your plan Growers have many choices today where to purchase their inputs. Knowing ahead of time the products you need gives you flexibility to ensure you are making the best purchasing decision for your operation. has many tools to leverage the network of over 43,000 growers, including transparent list prices. Did you make a purchase from your local retailer? to to unlock pricing transparency and see what the current market price is for the products you are searching. Shop for Crop Protection Products Find the products you need at We have a diverse crop nutrition product portfolio to provide product options for growers like you to support plant health. Sources:


Jun 01, 2022

by Brad Allen

Every season crops are planted with hopes of reaching their genetic yield potential. Nearly every year, plants struggle to reach this potential due to many external factors outside of a grower’s control. Growers do have control of supplementing their crops with products to help support plant health that ultimately can help minimize these yield robbing events. FBN® has a quality lineup of crop nutrition products that are made to help support plants throughout the growing season.   Here are 7 ways crop nutrition products can prevent yield loss. 1. Soil Nutrient Efficiency Nutrients and fertilizers applied alone can be tied up in the soil and unavailable to be utilized by plants. Use to improve nutrient  availability through the growing season to prevent any tie up or losses. is a micronized, humate-based source of stable soil carbon that requires less product at a lower rate than standard humic and fulvic products. It works faster to efficiently store and deliver soil nutrients and fertilizers, as well as help increase water utilization. tank mixes well with most fertilizers (A jar test is recommended).  32oz/acre or 1 qt/40 gal Pairs well with normal soil applied fertilizer applications. 2. Safe, Efficient Foliar Nitrogen Source In-season plants can become deficient in nitrogen. A program seeking to address this deficiency and to maximize yield will want to use to supplement these nitrogen deficiencies. is a nitrogen source complexed with micronized, humate-based source of stable carbon that helps efficiently deliver nitrogen into the plant tissue. : 32oz - 128 oz /acre  Do not apply concentrated, see label for dilution instructions Early vegetative through to late reproductive. 3. Root Growth & Nutrient Acquisition Root growth is critical for acquiring nutrients and water uptake. Enhance this root growth with . is a soy protein-based peptide complex that contains a lateral root promoting peptide that signals root growth when foliar is applied as well as allowing the plant to more efficiently uptake soil nutrients.  : 16 oz /acre Early vegetative through to late reproductive. 4. Nitrogen Assimilation Once the plant is up and growing it needs to expend energy to make use of applied Nitrogen and assimilate it into the plant in the form of chlorophyll, amino acids and,eventually, into proteins. contains the 18 essential amino acids in an already usable peptide form to reduce the plant nitrogen demand and supplement in season plant energy. It also contains amino acids essential to Nitrogen assimilation into the plant such as glutamic acid, enabling more efficient nitrogen conversion within the plant. : 16 oz /acre Early vegetative through to late reproductive. Plants need to expend a lot of energy to metabolize different types of herbicides, insecticides and fungicides that can have negative growth and yield impacts.  contains 18 essential amino acids in peptide form that provide supplemental energy to help the plant better metabolize chemicals to minimize any negative damage from chemical stress. is best used as a preventative product prior to stress but may be applied following stress to help the crop bounce back faster.  : 16 oz /acre Early vegetative through to late reproductive. 6. Weather Stress The impact of weather events such as being too hot, too wet, too cold, or too dry requires the plant to generate energy to get through those stressful periods. During this process of diverting energy to combat stress, yield potential is lost. provides the plant with supplemental energy and tools to signal plant health to prevent negative impacts from weather stress such as too much or too little heat or moisture.  : 16 oz /acre Early vegetative through to late reproductive. 7. Address Deficiencies with Nutrient Antagonism Plants need a balanced package of micro and macronutrients to address any potential late season yield limiting deficiencies as well as prevent antagonism by overapplying any single nutrient that may tie others up. contains 4 micronutrients and 6 macronutrients essential for plant growth at a balanced ratio to help address in season needs while preventing this unwanted nutrient antagonism. In doing so, this provides a broad spectrum approach to address any late season yield limiting nutrient deficiencies.  : 32 oz /acre Early vegetative through to late reproductive. Download the FBN Crop Nutrition Guide Shop for Crop Nutrition Products  Find the products you need at We have a diverse crop nutrition product portfolio to provide product options for growers like you to support plant health.


May 10, 2022

by Brad Allen

Weeds are a threat to every farming operation and the number of herbicide resistant weeds continues to grow every year. Creating a strategy to delay the development of resistant weeds is important and should be prioritized on every farm.  As of April 2022, the U.S. has 127 unique herbicide resistant weeds and Canada has 52. (1) There are a number of ways a grower can take a proactive approach to ensure a weed resistance management strategy is implemented on every acre. Let’s get into the weeds with 7 ways to delay the development of herbicide resistant weeds: 1. Use herbicide group numbers to create effective weed selection pressure Each herbicide group number corresponds to a site of action of an active ingredient. When multiple herbicide groups are applied to control a targeted weed, the weed is less likely to escape a spraying, as it must tolerate many different disruptions to its functioning. (2) A general example of this would be a known weed in your area which is resistant to both glyphosate (Group 9) and ALS inhibitor active ingredients (Group 2). Create effective weed selection pressure by applying herbicides from other herbicide groups such as (Group 15) and (Group 14) Download the chart from the United Soybean Board . 2. Know your adjuvant requirements Proper adjuvants increase the efficacy of your burndown and preemergence herbicides. Consult your label to see which adjuvants are required, recommended or may be used. Whether you need a surfactant, a crop oil or a drift inhibitor, take the time to familiarize yourself with the products that can help you get the most out of your herbicide shot, and limit unintended impacts. FBN® offers a robust line of ™ branded adjuvants for all your herbicide, insecticide and fungicide applications. Download the Farmers First Adjuvant Product Guide 3. Include tillage as a weed management tool Utilizing tillage as part of an integrated weed management program with herbicide applications can help reduce seed banks by controlling emerged weeds and burying non-germinated seed. (3)  4. Change planting and fertilizer strategies to enhance the crop canopy Experiment with narrower rows and banding fertilizer to hasten the growth of a crop canopy to shade out competitive weeds. 5. Avoid spreading weed seeds by cleaning equipment before leaving each field Plus, the work that you do to control troublesome weeds in the fence rows adjacent to your fields will also reduce the spread of weeds. 6. Break weed cycles Prevent certain weeds from becoming dominant with crop rotations. This would include row crops, small grains, and cover crops. 7. Herbicide rotation There are many herbicides that are labeled to control the same weed species. Using the same herbicide year after year may initiate resistance, decreasing your ability to control the weeds. Herbicide diversity plays an important role in fighting resistance. Find the products you need at . We have a diverse product portfolio to provide product options for growers like you to develop an integrated weed management strategy. Group 9 *Preemergence Corn & Soybeans Group 10 *Preemergence Corn & Soybeans Group 15 Corn & Soybeans Group 5 Corn ONLY Group 15, Group 27, Group 5 Corn ONLY Group 14 Soybeans ONLY Group 14, Group 2 Soybeans ONLY *Group 9 Postemergence on Glyphosate traited crops ONLY *Group 10 Postemergence Glufosinate traited crops ONLY Sources: