Applying fungicide to your fields can feel like a guessing game. It’s an educated guess, but a guess nonetheless. But what other option do you have? As a farmer, you know the cost of waiting until your crop exhibits signs of disease. On the other hand, it’s hard to see the results when you spray for prevention. It’s natural to wonder if you’re wasting your money.
You don’t need to manage disease in the dark. By understanding the precise biology of your soil, you can detect the presence of specific disease threats. More importantly, you’ll know exactly which pathogens are high or low risk. Then, you can take that information and decide to apply more or less, or in some cases, nothing at all. You could also use these learnings to tailor your entire program to only the diseases detected in the soil. Why fight something that’s not there or not a threat?