Plant pro­tec­tion –
Plant dis­eases and the suit­able choice of plant pro­tec­tion prod­ucts (PSM)

Areas under cul­ti­va­tion are large­ly char­ac­terised by mod­ern agri­cul­ture. To main­tain these and to meet grow­ing food demands, the tar­get­ed use of inte­grat­ed plant pro­tec­tion on arable land is essen­tial. In crop rota­tion with sev­er­al crops, the use of plant pro­tec­tion prod­ucts now extends from spring into autumn. Par­tic­u­lar­ly in the case of the sea­son­al over­lap­ping of appli­ca­tions in dif­fer­ent crops, such as wheat and sug­ar beets, care­ful appli­ca­tion must be observed to pro­vide plants with com­pre­hen­sive pro­tec­tion. For the pre­cise use of suit­able active sub­stances in the appro­pri­ate quan­ti­ties, it is impor­tant to keep an overview of the var­i­ous dis­eases, weeds and pests on your own fields. Tak­ing into account increas­ing resis­tance in par­tic­u­lar, the most exten­sive use of dif­fer­ent active sub­stance class­es is just as advan­ta­geous as is the cor­rect appli­ca­tion time. Mod­ern agri­cul­tur­al tech­nol­o­gy sim­pli­fies pro­fes­sion­al use in this regard as well as do a vari­ety of effec­tive plant pro­tec­tion prod­ucts, which achieve sus­tain­able suc­cess even at the low­est of doses.
Plant protection

Inte­grat­ed plant protection –
as much as nec­es­sary, as lit­tle as possible

Suc­cess­ful plant pro­tec­tion begins with a thor­ough till­ing of the soil to make the require­ment for the use of chem­i­cal means as low as pos­si­ble. For exam­ple, this means that the use of her­bi­cides in mulch drilling can be min­imised if the roots of the weeds are moved to the sur­face of the soil before sow­ing, where they dry out. How­ev­er, pests such as the Euro­pean corn bor­er can also be fought by mechan­i­cal means, which reduces the need for plant pro­tec­tion prod­ucts even further.

Since mechan­i­cal plant pro­tec­tion is real­ly not pos­si­ble on crops that have already began grow­ing, both con­ven­tion­al and organ­ic farms rely on mea­sures using field sprayers at this stage. While a range of chem­i­cal plant pro­tec­tion prod­ucts is avail­able for con­ven­tion­al farms for this, organ­ic farms are lim­it­ed to com­par­a­tive­ly few bio­log­i­cal products.

How­ev­er, both types of farm­ing oper­ate accord­ing to the max­im of the most eco­nom­i­cal use pos­si­ble. In this case, there is often a dif­fi­cult degree of bal­anc­ing inter­ests between cost-sav­ing appli­ca­tion quan­ti­ties and com­pre­hen­sive con­trol, dur­ing which cre­ation of resis­tance is to be avoided.

Use of plant pro­tec­tion prod­ucts in com­pli­ance with the Plant Pro­tec­tion Act in Germany

To meet the demands of law­mak­ers, act­ing accord­ing to good pro­fes­sion­al prac­tice is of great impor­tance, par­tic­u­lar­ly when deal­ing with chem­i­cal plant pro­tec­tion prod­ucts. This com­pli­ance must be ver­i­fied by an expert cer­tifi­cate which is renewed by reg­u­lar re-train­ing, among oth­er things. Com­po­nents of this are com­prised of pro­fes­sion­al plan­ning and imple­men­ta­tion of a plant pro­tec­tion mea­sure as well as exact documentation.

The Plant Pro­tec­tion Act reg­u­lates the appli­ca­tion and the intro­duc­tion onto the mar­ket of plant pro­tec­tion prod­ucts, plant pro­tec­tion devices and plant strength­en­ing agents. In the process, one of the great­est chal­lenges for the farmer is to keep an overview and to pro­vide the author­i­ties with sub­stan­ti­at­ed records.

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BASF AgSo­lu­tions Finder

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ISIP-Sep­to­ria forecast

How often and when you should com­bat Sep­to­ria leaf blotch on your win­ter wheat large­ly depends on weath­er con­di­tions and dis­ease sus­cep­ti­bil­i­ty of the variety.

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Spray­ing weath­er efficacy

Spray­ing weath­er effi­ca­cy for the opti­mum time to use your crop pro­tec­tion products.

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