Agronomist says farmers should stick with what has worked when planning for 2023

An agronomist says farmers shouldn’t make any drastic changes to their cropping plan for 2023 based solely on this year’s drought conditions.

Jami Loecker an agronomy service manager with Syngenta says farmers have to go into every season planning for a successful year. “We’re going to have to get some rain,” she says.  “We’re going to have to make investments in a herbicide program, and we need to invest in a really great fungicide program.”

She tells Brownfield growers might change up their plan slightly, but ultimately need to stick with a product mix that provides the best economic return. “Whether we are dry or wet or in a normal year, my best recommendation is going to be a two-factor beside program using multiple effective sites of action,” she says.  “My best program is going to be implementing a fungicide that allows a grower to manage the diseases they might encounter.”

Locker says she’s optimistic there will be enough snow cover this winter to improve drought conditions in the west and help set growers up for a successful spring.

AUDIO: Jami Loecker, Syngenta

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