Chemicals


Sep 12, 2022

by Jeff Vanrobaeys

Concluding harvest and preparing for winter is an incredibly busy time on most farms. Preparation for the following year remains a priority for most growers after this year's crop is in the bin. A post harvest herbicide application can be a great way to start planning for the next season.  Let’s explore some key steps to take in preparing for the upcoming year.  1. Utilize products that have limitations in crop Targeting challenging weeds like kochia with an effective active ingredient that has activity on the weeds being targeted helps delay herbicide resistance, while a product with some residual can be effective at keeping fields clean into the spring. Disha 480 Herbicide is an excellent fall option for fields getting seeded to cereals. Growers can use the herbicide to avoid some common in-season challenges, including off target drift and in crop staging limitations. FBN Direct ® carries numerous herbicides that can serve as helpful post harvest options to control a number of challenging weeds. 2. Diversify your herbicide rotation To mitigate the risk of potentially developing herbicide resistant weeds, it is important to utilize multiple herbicide groups.  By providing active ingredients from herbicide groups 4 and 9, a tank mix with both Disha 480 and Smoke 540 Glyphosate can help manage herbicide resistance and offer extended weed control into next spring. It will also complement Smoke® 540 glyphosate alone, providing greater control on some harder to kill weeds. It is never too early to start planning for the following season, especially when utilizing herbicides that contain cropping restrictions. With a number of different products available for shipment directly to your farm, FBN is ready to support your operation. Find the right inputs for your operation with  FBN Direct® Check out  FBN Direct  to learn more about our full range of crop protection products.  Copyright © 2015 - 2022 Farmer's Business Network Canada, Inc. All rights reserved. The sprout logo, "Farmers Business Network," "FBN,", "Farmers First", "FBN Direct," and “Smoke” are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc. or its affiliates. FBN Direct products and services and other products distributed by FBN Direct are offered by Farmer's Business Network Canada, Inc. and are available only in provinces where Farmer's Business Network Canada, Inc. is licensed and where those products are registered for sale or use, if applicable. Not available in Quebec. Nothing contained on this page, including the prices listed should be construed as an offer for sale, or a sale of products. All products and prices are subject to change at any time and without notice. Terms and conditions apply. ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW LABEL DIRECTIONS. It is a violation of federal and provincial law to use any pest control product other than in accordance with its label. The distribution, sale and use of an unregistered pest control product is a violation of federal and/or provincial law and is strictly prohibited. We do not guarantee the accuracy of any information provided on this page or which is provided by us in any form. It is your responsibility to confirm prior to purchase and use that a product is labeled for your specific purposes, including, but not limited to, your target crop or pest and its compatibility with other products in a tank mix and that the usage of a product is otherwise consistent with federal, provincial and local laws. We reserve the right to restrict sales on a geographic basis in our sole discretion. You must have a valid applicator license and/or be a certified farmer, to use restricted and commercial pest control products (exceptions may apply based on province). Please consult your applicable provincial authority for complete rules and regulations on licensing, use, and recording keeping requirements of restricted and commercial pest control products.


Aug 25, 2022

by Jess Sampson

Crops require trace elements to grow, thrive and survive, but only in small amounts. As a result, these are often overlooked when we are looking at our yearly crop inputs.  A healthy addition of trace elements is just as important for producing profitable crops as nitrogen and phosphorus, especially because many Australian soils are deficient in trace elements in their native condition. Because we are producing such high quality grain and large yields, we are at constant risk of not replacing enough micronutrients back into the soil.  The use of foliar sprays will usually correct a problem in the crop. However, for long term correction of the deficiency we need to boost the nutrient reserves in our soils.   Trace Elements applied as a foliar have the benefit of being easily absorbed and translocated readily within the plants. They are also easily decomposed within the plant so that they can become available straight away.  Using a foliar as a Soil Application is highly stable and will not easily allow the nutrient to be replaced by other elements within the soil.  Micro-Nutrient Soil Type Susceptible Crop Zinc Heavily eroded soils, acid soils, coarse sands, Waterlogged soils. Beans, Soybeans, Corn, Sorghum, Rice, Cereals Boron Coarse sandy soils, High Acid soils, peats Lucerne, Lupins, Peas, Clover, cotton, corn, canola Cobalt Essential for nitrogen fixation  Pastures Iron  Alkaline Soils, waterlogged soils Beans, Soybeans, Corn, Sorghum Molybdenum Weathered Acidic soils Canola, Legumes Manganese Sandy soils, Calcareous soils Legumes, Cereals, Cotton, Canola Copper Sandy loams, acidic soils Cereals If crops are deficient in any one of these micronutrients it can cause the crop to struggle with the production of carbohydrates for energy, reproductive growth and seed development, thus leading to reduced crop yields. Yield losses can also occur when crops are only marginally deficient and before symptoms of deficiency are seen.  The best way to diagnose a trace element deficiency is to complete a plant tissue test in crop or as part of your regular soil sampling. OmniTrace is a chelated form of trace elements. A chelate is an organic compound that protects the metallic elements, such as Fe, Zn & Cu. Chelated trace elements are also resistant to micro-biological decomposition, and are soluble in water, therefore mix with a wide range of chemical inputs.  Note: A jar test is always recommended prior to mixing large quantities.  The infographic below from the International Year of Plant Health shows the importance of these nutrients in plant growth. Click here to enlarge the infographic. Shop for Crop Nutrition Products  Find the crop nutrition products you need at FBN Direct®. We have a diverse portfolio to provide product options for growers like you to support plant health. Sources: Grain Research and Development Corporation Nutrimin.com Copyright © 2021 - 2022 Farmers Business Network Australia Pty Ltd. All rights Reserved. The sprout logo, "FBN", "Farmers Business Network", and "FBN Direct" are registered trademarks or trademarks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc. FBN Direct products and services and other products distributed by FBN Direct are offered by Farmers Business Network Australia Pty. Ltd. and are available only where Farmers Business Network Australia Pty Ltd. is licensed and where those products are registered for sale or use, if applicable. Nothing contained on this page, including the prices listed should be construed as an offer for sale, or a sale of products. All products and prices are subject to change at any time and without notice. Terms and conditions apply. ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW LABEL DIRECTIONS. It is a violation of federal and state/territory law to use any pesticide other than in accordance with its label. The distribution, sale and use of an unregistered chemical product is a violation of federal and/or state/territory law and is strictly prohibited. We do not guarantee the accuracy of any information provided on this page or which is provided by us in any form. It is your responsibility to confirm prior to purchase and use that a product is labeled for your specific purposes, including, but not limited to, your target crop or pest and its compatibility with other products in a tank mix and that the usage of a product is otherwise consistent with federal, state, territory and local laws. We reserve the right to restrict sales on a geographic basis in our sole discretion. You must be authorised to use restricted chemical products under applicable state or territory law. Please consult your applicable state or territory authority for complete rules and regulations on the use of restricted chemical products as some products require specific record-keeping requirements. All product recommendations and other information provided is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for consulting the product label or for specific agronomic, business,or professional advice. Where specific advice is necessary or appropriate, consult with a qualified advisor. Neither Farmer's Business Network Australia PTY Ltd nor any of its affiliates makes any representations or warranties, express or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness of the statements or any information contained in the material and any liability therefore is expressly disclaimed.


Aug 22, 2022

by Jeff Vanrobaeys

Harvest in Canada is already underway; for others, those activities are fast approaching. Harvest is the perfect time to evaluate results and the decisions you made throughout the growing season. Take time as the combine  rolls through the field to note key details about this year’s production while they are fresh in your mind. Here are a few topics for consideration as the growing season concludes. 1. Weed, disease and insect pressure Scout and evaluate the weeds, diseases and insect damage present at harvest. After evaluating the pesticide program used throughout the year,  was control acceptable? Are there opportunities for improvement next year? Is there a need to utilize different actives or start incorporating new modes of action? Check grain quality to ensure that disease and insects weren’t a big factor throughout the growing season. 2. Fertility program Assess the plants and the grain being harvested. Did the fertility program throughout the season support anticipated yields and support quality grain? Have nutrient  deficiencies been identified, and is there a need to consider tissue testing throughout the growing season?  3. Soil sampling and testing  Consider soil testing at the same time each year to ensure proper fertility. Soil tests can also be valuable to identify  select areas of the field with issues that need to be corrected.  4. Equipment performance Machinery that is not properly calibrated, or worn out can also have a significant impact on planting and harvest. Using incorrect equipment can potentially lead to soil compaction or other issues. Did you have any concerns with equipment and final results during cultivation, planting, spraying and harvesting? Is it time to consider updating or adjusting equipment to improve on-farm efficiency or soil health?  5. Planning for next year Are there weeds that need to be controlled post harvest?  Fall is a great time to target specific weeds that can be challenging to control. FBN Direct has numerous post harvest herbicide options to control a wide range of weeds. For example, consider applying a tank mix of Smoke 540 glyphosate with Florasulam to target perennial weeds like Canada thistle and dandelion.  If you are planning to seed canola the following year a  tank mix of Smoke 540 glyphosate and Maxunitech Carfentrazone-ethyl 240EC Herbicide provides two modes of action against herbicide resistant kochia. Find the right inputs for your operation with FBN Direct® Check out FBN Direct to learn more about our full range of crop protection products.  Copyright © 2015 - 2022 Farmer's Business Network Canada, Inc. All rights reserved. The sprout logo, "Farmers Business Network," "FBN,", "Farmers First", and "FBN Direct" are trademarks or registered trademarks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc. or its affiliates.  FBN Direct products and services and other products distributed by FBN Direct are offered by Farmer's Business Network Canada, Inc. and are available only in provinces where Farmer's Business Network Canada, Inc. is licensed and where those products are registered for sale or use, if applicable. Not available in Quebec. Nothing contained on this page, including the prices listed should be construed as an offer for sale, or a sale of products. All products and prices are subject to change at any time and without notice. Terms and conditions apply. ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW LABEL DIRECTIONS. It is a violation of federal and provincial law to use any pest control product other than in accordance with its label. The distribution, sale and use of an unregistered pest control product is a violation of federal and/or provincial law and is strictly prohibited. We do not guarantee the accuracy of any information provided on this page or which is provided by us in any form. It is your responsibility to confirm prior to purchase and use that a product is labeled for your specific purposes, including, but not limited to, your target crop or pest and its compatibility with other products in a tank mix and that the usage of a product is otherwise consistent with federal, provincial and local laws.  We reserve the right to restrict sales on a geographic basis in our sole discretion. You must have a valid applicator license and/or be a certified farmer, to use restricted and commercial pest control products (exceptions may apply based on province).  Please consult your applicable provincial authority for complete rules and regulations on licensing, use, and recording keeping requirements of restricted and commercial pest control products. The material provided is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for specific agronomic, business, legal, investment or professional advice. Where specific advice is necessary or appropriate, consult with a qualified agronomist, financial planner, or investment manager. Neither Farmer's Business Network Canada, Inc. nor any of its affiliates makes any representations or warranties, express or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness of the statements or any information contained in the material and any liability therefore is expressly disclaimed.


Aug 19, 2022

by Mikaela Tierney

FBN ® now offers generic herbicide Willowood Pronamide 3.3SC through FBN Direct especially for growers with operations in Arizona and California.* With the new addition of Willowood Pronamide to its robust herbicide selection, FBN gives growers even more options for protecting their crops and optimizing their return on investment while keeping cost management top of mind.  “ FBN offers western growers a convenient online shopping experience with upfront competitive prices on top crop protection products like Pronamide, plus direct to farm delivery. Our Willowood brand of products started in the West and our mission remains to bring growers quality, well-priced crop protection to support their bottom line,” said Nicholas Seibert, U.S. Crop Protection Line Product Manager at FBN .  Crop Protection for Leafy Greens A generic alternative to branded herbicide Kerb® SC from Corteva, Pronamide is predominantly used to protect leafy greens, specifically romaine and iceberg lettuces.  Effective at controlling a broad spectrum of grasses and broadleaf weeds, Pronamide can be used at both the preemergence and post emergence stages of growth. The group three, soil active herbicide is absorbed through the roots of sensitive weeds to address pressures including annual bluegrass and preemergence control of lambsquarters, purslane, shepherd’s purse and nightshades. Competitive Pricing, Substantial Savings from FBN Pronamide pricing on FBN is competitive without rebates required to get there. Plus, new customers can enjoy discounts on their first purchase with FBN Direct. Farmers can view transparent list prices at any time on FBN Direct.  Made with high-quality active ingredients comparable to the branded alternatives, generic Willowood Pronamide empowers farmers to save money on chemical purchases and redirect those savings toward other expenses. Especially in today’s shifting economic climate, these savings are more important than ever before.   Through the convenience of FBN ’s online store , farmers can search for and purchase key chemicals like Willowood Pronamide anytime, anywhere, with clear pricing, flexible payment options and direct to farm delivery. To see current Willowood Pronamide pricing and inventory availability on FBN Direct, click here .  Copyright © 2014 - 2022 Farmer's Business Network, Inc. All rights Reserved. The sprout logo, “Farmers Business Network”, “FBN”, and “FBN Direct” are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc.   Kerb® SC Herbicide is a registered trademark of Corteva Agriscience, LLC. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. FBN Direct products and services and other products distributed by FBN Direct are offered by FBN Inputs, LLC and are available only in states where FBN Inputs, LLC is licensed and where those products are registered for sale or use, if applicable. If applicable, please check with your local extension service to ensure registration status.  ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW LABEL DIRECTIONS. It is a violation of federal and state law to use any pesticide product other than in accordance with its label. The distribution, sale and use of an unregistered pesticide is a violation of federal and/or state law and is strictly prohibited. We do not guarantee the accuracy of any information provided on this page or which is provided by us in any form. It is your responsibility to confirm prior to purchase and use that a product is labeled for your specific purposes, including, but not limited to, your target crop or pest and its compatibility with other products in a tank mix and that the usage of a product is otherwise consistent with federal, state and local laws. We reserve the right to restrict sales on a geographic basis in our sole discretion. You must have a valid applicator license to use restricted use pesticides. Please consult your state department of agriculture for complete rules and regulations on the use of restricted use pesticides, as some products require specific record-keeping requirements.   All product recommendations and other information provided is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for consulting the product label or for specific agronomic, business,or professional advice. Where specific advice is necessary or appropriate, consult with a qualified advisor. Neither Farmer's Business Network Inc. nor any of its affiliates makes any representations or warranties, express or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness of the statements or any information contained in the material and any liability therefore is expressly disclaimed. *The prices and supply status are not guaranteed and are subject to change without notice. For up to date prices and availability, visit FBN Direct store.


Aug 18, 2022

by Brad Roberts

With harvest quickly approaching, have you thought about using a desiccant for your crops? Using a desiccant like FBN® Willowood Paraquat on crops promotes rapid, more uniform crop dry down, helping maximize harvestability. Desiccation ensures a quicker, more complete dry down to maintain crop quality, with a more uniform sample and less issues affecting grade. And because desiccant usage means all areas of the field are dry and ready to harvest at the same time, its application means more acres can be harvested each day in an effort to maximize harvest efficiency. 3 steps for successful desiccant application  1. Use a surfactant Surfactants are adjuvants that reduce surface tension to help facilitate the dispersing, spreading, wetting, or other surface modifying properties of liquids. While many pesticides require the addition of an adjuvant, some do not.  Be sure to read the label thoroughly before applying in case a specific surfactant is required. FBN Direct offers excellent surfactant options, including IN-Zorb™ 90 . 2. Be strategic with application timing Paraquat is typically activated by sunlight, so plan to apply in cloudy weather or during the evening for best coverage.  3. Plan for weed control  Desiccation is not a method of weed control, but rather a harvest aid . If weed control is an issue, FBN has several options as well, and these can be used alone or in conjunction with FBN® Willowood Paraquat . Shop for crop protection products With an incredibly diverse crop nutrition product portfolio,  FBN Direct®  has the desiccant products you need this season. Shop conveniently anywhere, anytime online or through the  FBN® mobile app  with transparent list prices and delivery direct to your farm.  Copyright © 2014 - 2022 Farmer's Business Network, Inc. All rights Reserved. The sprout logo, “Farmers Business Network”, “FBN”, and “FBN Direct” are trademarks or registered trademarks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc. FBN Direct products and services and other products distributed by FBN Direct are offered by FBN Inputs, LLC and are available only in states where FBN Inputs, LLC is licensed and where those products are registered for sale or use, if applicable. If applicable, please check with your local extension service to ensure registration status. Nothing contained on this page, including the prices listed should be construed as an offer for sale, or a sale of products. All products and prices are subject to change at any time and without notice. Terms and conditions apply. ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW LABEL DIRECTIONS. It is a violation of federal and state law to use any pesticide product other than in accordance with its label. The distribution, sale and use of an unregistered pesticide is a violation of federal and/or state law and is strictly prohibited. We do not guarantee the accuracy of any information provided on this page or which is provided by us in any form. It is your responsibility to confirm prior to purchase and use that a product is labeled for your specific purposes, including, but not limited to, your target crop or pest and its compatibility with other products in a tank mix and that the usage of a product is otherwise consistent with federal, state and local laws. We reserve the right to restrict sales on a geographic basis in our sole discretion. You must have a valid applicator license to use restricted use pesticides. Please consult your state department of agriculture for complete rules and regulations on the use of restricted use pesticides, as some products require specific record-keeping requirements. The material provided is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for specific agronomic, business, legal, investment or professional advice. Where specific advice is necessary or appropriate, consult with a qualified agronomist, financial planner, or investment manager. Neither Farmer's Business Network, Inc. nor any of its affiliates makes any representations or warranties, express or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness of the statements or any information contained in the material and any liability therefore is expressly disclaimed.


Aug 05, 2022

by Anthony Stibbard

We’ve all heard of Net Blotch but most of us have struggled to control it in the past. Once those pesky dark blotches appear on barley leaves, you know things can become difficult from here on out. Fortunately, there are some key points to manage and reduce symptoms and help minimise yield and grain quality reduction. There are 2 strains of net blotch, Spot Form Net Blotch (SFNB) and Net Form Net Blotch (NFNB). Both are closely related and have the potential to cause significant yield loss if the crop becomes infected. Increase in barley production across the country has tightened the barley rotation and caused the disease to become more widespread, particularly in medium to high rainfall areas.  Before planting barley it is important to understand the disease resistance of your particular variety of barley. Sowing guides are available to give an indication of disease risk amongst certain varieties and this should be a go to resource pre-season. The information in The NSW Winter Crop Variety Sowing Guide is updated each year and provides fantastic variety specific detail. Most States in Australia will provide something similar to give you basic information on pre-sowing decisions for your region. Once you understand your variety susceptibility, it is important to understand the paddock risk. Avoid double cropping barley in the same paddock as the inoculum will survive on the stubble and reinfect the subsequent crop. The surviving spores on the stubble are also spread by wind, so it is important to monitor crops grown adjacent to last year's barley stubble as these crops are considered higher risk to developing the disease.  Once the decision has been made on variety and paddock it is important to apply a fungicide at the point of sowing. Seed dressing such as Systiva® have a registration for management of net blotch and in furrow fungicides should also be considered.  Effective use of foliar fungicides  Before applying foliar fungicides it is important to understand how the disease works. Net Blotch is what is considered a necrotrophic disease, meaning the infected plant tissue eventually dies. Most fungicides have limited translocation (movement) within the plant. However, when the tissue dies (which is the case with net blotch), no translocation occurs meaning it is very difficult to get fungicide into the site of infection. This reinforces the importance of understanding the risk profile of the variety and the paddock and if there is risk of infection, foliar fungicides should be applied before visible symptoms appear within the crop. Consult your local agronomist to pre-determine a growth stage for application. An application of around GS1-32 is generally recommended, but this will vary depending on the risk profile, seed treatment, weather conditions etc..  When it comes to application, rotating modes of action is important as net blotch has shown to build resistance to certain fungicide groups. There are a number of products which hold a registration for control or suppression of net form and spot form of net blotch. Ensure you read the product label carefully to determine the fungicide is effective on the form of net blotch you are looking to control, it is also important to check withholding periods.  Consult your local agronomist for timing, rates and product but research has found that propiconazole , prothioconazole, azoxystrobin and epoxiconazole based fungicides have shown to provide better efficacy on net blotch than tebuconazole based fungicides. To get a better understanding of fungicide activity Crop Life Australia provide a great table to reference. Keep in mind that if the disease is already present in the crop, suppression is only likely and a second application may be required in high rainfall areas.  Grain Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) is continuing their work in determining the resistance profile of the disease, if you believe you have a resistance problem get in contact with your agronomist ASAP to determine the strategy moving forward. Resources: https://www.croplife.org.au/resources/programs/resistance-management/fungicide-activity-group-table-2-draft/ Copyright © 2021 - 2022 Farmers Business Network Australia Pty Ltd. All rights Reserved. The sprout logo, "FBN", "Farmers Business Network", and "FBN Direct" are registered trademarks or trademarks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc. FBN Direct products and services and other products distributed by FBN Direct are offered by Farmers Business Network Australia Pty. Ltd. and are available only where Farmers Business Network Australia Pty Ltd. is licensed and where those products are registered for sale or use, if applicable. Nothing contained on this page, including the prices listed should be construed as an offer for sale, or a sale of products. All products and prices are subject to change at any time and without notice. Terms and conditions apply. ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW LABEL DIRECTIONS. It is a violation of federal and state/territory law to use any pesticide other than in accordance with its label. The distribution, sale and use of an unregistered chemical product is a violation of federal and/or state/territory law and is strictly prohibited. We do not guarantee the accuracy of any information provided on this page or which is provided by us in any form. It is your responsibility to confirm prior to purchase and use that a product is labeled for your specific purposes, including, but not limited to, your target crop or pest and its compatibility with other products in a tank mix and that the usage of a product is otherwise consistent with federal, state, territory and local laws. We reserve the right to restrict sales on a geographic basis in our sole discretion. You must be authorised to use restricted chemical products under applicable state or territory law. Please consult your applicable state or territory authority for complete rules and regulations on the use of restricted chemical products as some products require specific record-keeping requirements. All product recommendations and other information provided is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for consulting the product label or for specific agronomic, business,or professional advice. Where specific advice is necessary or appropriate, consult with a qualified advisor. Neither Farmer's Business Network Australia PTY Ltd nor any of its affiliates makes any representations or warranties, express or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness of the statements or any information contained in the material and any liability therefore is expressly disclaimed.


Aug 02, 2022

by Jeff Vanrobaeys

Have you thought about using a desiccant for your pulse crops and canola? Using a desiccant on crops promotes rapid, more uniform crop dry down, helping maximize harvestability. Benefits of using FBN® Diquat 240 as a dessicant product 1. Crop quality Desiccation ensures a quicker, more complete dry down maintaining crop quality, with a more uniform sample and less issues affecting grade. 2. Timely uniform harvest All areas of the field are dry and ready to harvest at the same time, enabling more acres to be harvested each day, helping to maximizing harvest efficiency. 3. Straight cutting  Especially with pod-shatter resistant canola, it better facilitates straight cutting, making the entire field more uniformly harvestable. Optimizing the application of a dessicant 1. Use a surfactant FBN has some excellent surfactant options to use with Diquat 240. Both are registered for use with FBN Diquat 240 at 0.1% V./V. or 1 liter per 1000 liters. Falcon® is a product with similar properties to LI700® but is registered at  a lower  use rate of 0.1% V./V. Icon® is a product with similar properties to Agral 90®, and is registered as a wetter and spreading agent with FBN Diquat 240, as well as a tank cleaner. 2. Application Timing Diquat is typically activated by sunlight, so for best coverage apply in cloudy weather or during the evening. Desiccation is not a method of weed control, but rather a harvest aid. If weed control is an issue, FBN has several options as well, and these can be used alone or in conjunction with FBN Diquat 240®. Shop now Check out FBN Direct® to learn more about our full range of crop protection products.  Copyright © 2015 - 2022 Farmer's Business Network Canada, Inc. All rights reserved. The sprout logo, "Farmers Business Network," "FBN,", "Farmers First", "FBN Direct," "F2F Genetics Network", the Pro Ag logo, "Pro Ag", and "Professional Ag Distributors" are trademarks or registered trademarks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc. or its affiliates.  FBN Direct products and services and other products distributed by FBN Direct are offered by Farmer's Business Network Canada, Inc. and are available only in provinces where Farmer's Business Network Canada, Inc. is licensed and where those products are registered for sale or use, if applicable. Not available in Quebec. Nothing contained on this page, including the prices listed should be construed as an offer for sale, or a sale of products. All products and prices are subject to change at any time and without notice. Terms and conditions apply. ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW LABEL DIRECTIONS. It is a violation of federal and provincial law to use any pest control product other than in accordance with its label. The distribution, sale and use of an unregistered pest control product is a violation of federal and/or provincial law and is strictly prohibited. We do not guarantee the accuracy of any information provided on this page or which is provided by us in any form. It is your responsibility to confirm prior to purchase and use that a product is labeled for your specific purposes, including, but not limited to, your target crop or pest and its compatibility with other products in a tank mix and that the usage of a product is otherwise consistent with federal, provincial and local laws.  We reserve the right to restrict sales on a geographic basis in our sole discretion. You must have a valid applicator license and/or be a certified farmer, to use restricted and commercial pest control products (exceptions may apply based on province).  Please consult your applicable provincial authority for complete rules and regulations on licensing, use, and recording keeping requirements of restricted and commercial pest control products. The material provided is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for specific agronomic, business, legal, investment or professional advice. Where specific advice is necessary or appropriate, consult with a qualified agronomist, financial planner, or investment manager. Neither Farmer's Business Network Canada, Inc. nor any of its affiliates makes any representations or warranties, express or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness of the statements or any information contained in the material and any liability therefore is expressly disclaimed.


Jul 25, 2022

by Mark Wilson

Andy Single partnered with FBN® as a Community Builder 2 years ago and is based in Dubbo, New South Wales. Andy grew up on a farm in Wellington and has a close connection with the agricultural industry having worked in a number of roles over the past 35 years.  He currently leases out their family farming properties located in Wellington and Wee Waa, which gives him time to focus his efforts on the Community Builder program. When asked what he loves about the agricultural industry, Andy has one word, “people.” Andy's decision become a  Community Builder was centered around the purpose of 'Putting Farmers First' by delivering transparency on prices, the flexibility in the model and allowing farmers to purchase their agricultural inputs .  He also sees merit in the campaigns offered for farmers such as the bundle offering and 0% financing. It also eases the burden on him financially as a small business, as his capital is not tied up in carrying product and if it wasn't for FBN he would be limited to the amount of volume he could sell to farmers. One of the keys to his success is having his Account Executive Simon Uphill support him with market intelligence and always being available when required. He describes him as honest, trustworthy and really enjoys taking Simon on the road to meet his clients.   With Andy, the best branding and marketing campaigns start with strong relationships with his farmers. He describes it as the 'Cup of Tea Test'. Andy feels very strongly about the importance of the Community Builder program and the integral part it will play in his community in supporting his local region and farmers. In Andy’s opinion, the future of agriculture will be based around farmers continuing to be innovative through technology and R&D. The next generation of farmers are not focused on loyalty to their local stores but more focused on moving towards price and margins. Farmers are moving away from the inhouse agronomist and keen to work with independents. Andy's goal as a Community Builder is to grow his book to $5 million within the next 12 months.  Interested in diversifying your income? Become an FBN Community Builder today.  Legal Disclosure Copyright © 2021 - 2022 Farmers Business Network Australia Pty Ltd. All rights Reserved. The sprout logo, "FBN", "Farmers Business Network", and "FBN Direct" are registered trademarks or trademarks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc. FBN Direct products and services and other products distributed by FBN Direct are offered by Farmers Business Network Australia Pty. Ltd. and are available only where Farmers Business Network Australia Pty Ltd. is licensed and where those products are registered for sale or use, if applicable. Nothing contained on this page, including the prices listed should be construed as an offer for sale, or a sale of products. All products and prices are subject to change at any time and without notice. Terms and conditions apply.


Jul 20, 2022

by Brad Allen

As you prepare to apply fungicide to protect crops and optimize yield, it’s important to ensure your application process is as effective as possible. Here are six tips from the experts at FBN® to help you maximize your next fungicide application :   1. Be specific in fungicide selection When selecting a fungicide for your needs, choose an active ingredient that gives the best performance rating for the disease you are trying to control. For example, Group 3 fungicides, such as Propicon 3.6EC , are considered to be a curative fungicide. Alternatively, applications with a Group 11 Fungicide, such as Azoxystrobin 2.08 , can help create a protective barrier before plant diseases are present. 2. Plan crop timing carefully  Timing is critical for fungicide applications. Apply too early and the crop misses the benefits of disease resistance; apply too late and it can be difficult to control diseases that are already present.  Research from the University of Kentucky revealed the ideal fungicide application timing for optimal corn yield response is between tasseling and silking (VT - R1)¹. Soybeans receive the most benefit around the R3 stage during pod formation². 3. Be strategic with application timing For optimal fungicide absorption, time foliar fungicide application with cooler temperatures and the presence of dew on leaves². For example, an early morning application is preferable compared to the mid afternoon because leaves grow increasingly dry over the course of the day as temperatures rise.  4. Reduce phytotoxicity with selective tank mixing  Fungicides aren’t always great tank mixing partners. Incompatibility, or the physical prevention of pesticides from mixing together in a spray solution, can lead to reduced effectiveness or even phytotoxicity. This is typically caused by the combination of pesticides used, water impurities or water temperature.  To avoid this risk, follow the label for watchouts on what should and shouldn’t be mixed with the particular fungicide you are planning to apply.   5. Increase water volume Fungicides need to get full coverage of the plant they’re being applied to, especially on corn. To ensure maximum coverage, opt for a higher rate of water such as 15-20 gallons of water per acre. Always read and follow label instructions before making an application.  Also remember that using quality water when spraying is key to maximizing your chemical and improving results on the ground.  6. Boost effectiveness with crop nutrition products and adjuvants  To strengthen crops, improve spreading and increase plant uptake. Crop nutrition products and adjuvants can be great additions to your crop protection plan.  Use Atarrus ™  to maximize plant health and energy as crops transition from a vegetative to reproductive stage. By enhancing photosynthesis, nitrogen assimilation and root growth, Atarrus can protect against late season stress and to help maximize yield. Consider adding IN-Zorb™ ADV , a plant safe, aquatic safe, nonionic surfactant designed to enhance coverage and plant absorption. By reducing the surface tension of droplets, In-Zorb ADV enables more uniform spreading during sprays. (This surfactant does not include APE or NPE, both of which have been associated with Arrested Ear Syndrome). To reduce off-target drift, try FieldGrip™ DRA . A high-concentrate emulsifiable deposition aid and drift management adjuvant, FieldGrip DRA can be used with most pesticides and spray nozzle types . Its APE-free formula is designed for use with herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. Shop for crop protection products With an incredibly diverse crop nutrition product portfolio, FBN Direct® has the plant health products you need this season. Shop conveniently anywhere, anytime online or through the FBN® mobile app with transparent list prices and delivery direct to your farm.  Sources: https://www.kygrains.info/blog/2019/7/7/time-for-foliar-fungicide-application-decisions-in-corn https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/how_to_get_the_most_out_of_your_fungicide_sprays Copyright © 2014 - 2022 Farmers Business Network, Inc. All rights Reserved. The sprout logo, “Farmers Business Network”, “FBN” and “FBN Direct” are servicemarks, trademarks or registered trademarks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc. FBN Direct products and services and other products distributed by FBN Direct are offered by FBN Inputs, LLC and are available only in states where FBN Inputs, LLC is licensed and where those products are registered for sale or use, if applicable. If applicable, please check with your local extension service to ensure registration status. Nothing contained on this page, including the prices listed should be construed as an offer for sale, or a sale of products. All products and prices are subject to change at any time and without notice. Terms and conditions apply. ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW LABEL DIRECTIONS. It is a violation of federal and state law to use any pesticide product other than in accordance with its label. The distribution, sale and use of an unregistered pesticide is a violation of federal and/or state law and is strictly prohibited. We do not guarantee the accuracy of any information provided on this page or which is provided by us in any form. 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Jul 20, 2022

by Anthony Stibbard

The combination of a high priced canola market, and a wet, cool winter has led to the potential for severe Sclerotinia Stem Rot incidence in some areas. It is important to keep on top of your Sclerotnia management program, as under conducive conditions it can cause significant yield losses with reports of >20% when management is poor. Assessment of sclerotinia risk is important by identifying the risk of sclerontia developing on a paddock-by-paddock basis. Sclerotinia can survive for up to six years in the soil. A good rule of thumb is that if a paddock or adjacent paddock has had an infection of sclerotinia in the last 3 years, you can assume the paddock is at high risk of developing the disease. Paddocks with a tight rotation are also at risk, meaning if a susceptible crop has been grown in the paddock in the last 2 years, you can assume the paddock is at high risk. Susceptible crops include canola, lupins, chickpeas, lentils, faba beans and field peas. Certain weeds such as brassicas (including wild radish) and capeweed can also be infected with the disease. The best tools for management of soil borne diseases are rotating and keeping crops as clean as possible.  As we are already well into the season, monitoring at risk paddocks will be key to managing a potential outbreak of the disease. During cool and damp conditions during autumn or winter, the sclerotina spores in the soil germinate to produce small mushroom shaped structures (called apothecia). This happens in temperatures between 10-22 deg C. The apothecia produce thousands of air borne spores, which can be carried significant distances on the wind. If apothecia have been identified in the paddock or anywhere on the property, your canola is at risk of developing the disease. It is important to monitor conditions during flowering and implement a management strategy because these spores can infect the petals of the canola plant.  Like most fungal diseases sclerotnia loves moist conditions, therefore moist conditions during flowering puts the crop at significant risk of developing sclerotinia. During this period of moisture during flowering, the infected petals fall into the canopy and stick to the leaf axils (the joint of the leaf and stem). The fungus then invades the healthy stem and causes the stem to bleach, rot and the plant subsequently lodges. Timing of fungicides is important in preserving your yield and preventing a severe outbreak of the disease. Optimal timing is available on fungicide labels. However, it is always more beneficial to apply fungicides before or in the early stages of a disease outbreak. Teb Pro 420 is a fungicide which is registered for management of sclerotinia stem rot in canola. However, when making the decision to spray a few key determinants need to be taken into account. Does the paddock present a risk of developing sclerotinia – either by rotation, presence of inoculum in or in nearby paddocks (or on neighbours farm)? Crop growth stage Favourable weather conditions – rainfall and humidity during and after flowering is critical for disease infection of both the petals, and the secondary infection of the stem. Yield and gross margin potential – in years like this it is a bit easier to determine the need to spray, but a yield assessment, and gross margin assessment should be done before making the decision to apply fungicide. It is a difficult decision to apply a fungicide for sclerotinia. Every season is different and sometimes the conditions after spraying are not conducive of infection and the disease does not eventuate. The Western Australian Department of Primary Industries have developed a tool known as SclerotiniaCM which can help growers make a decision on whether or not to spray. The tool allows users to use paddock data, weather conditions and forecasts to assist canola growers with fungicide application decisions, on a paddock by paddock basis. The app* also provides the likely economic returns based on the data input. Sources: SclerotiniaCM - Sclerotinia Management App * Canola concepts: managing sclerotinia Copyright © 2021 - 2022 Farmers Business Network Australia Pty Ltd. All rights Reserved. The sprout logo, "FBN", "Farmers Business Network", and "FBN Direct" are registered trademarks or trademarks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc. FBN Direct products and services and other products distributed by FBN Direct are offered by Farmers Business Network Australia Pty. 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It is your responsibility to confirm prior to purchase and use that a product is labeled for your specific purposes, including, but not limited to, your target crop or pest and its compatibility with other products in a tank mix and that the usage of a product is otherwise consistent with federal, state, territory and local laws. We reserve the right to restrict sales on a geographic basis in our sole discretion. You must be authorised to use restricted chemical products under applicable state or territory law. Please consult your applicable state or territory authority for complete rules and regulations on the use of restricted chemical products as some products require specific record-keeping requirements. All product recommendations and other information provided is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for consulting the product label or for specific agronomic, business,or professional advice. 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