Planning for Early-Season Corn Disease

( Source: BASF )

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You know it’s coming – cool, wet planting conditions where seedling diseases flourish. Will your customer’s seed treatments provide enough protection against pathogens like Rhizoctonia, Fusarium and Pythium this year?

During wet spring conditions, it often takes longer for seeds to germinate and emerge, leaving seeds exposed to disease-causing pathogens for an extended period.

“In situations of corn-on-corn, a short rotation or grow other host crops like cereals, farmers should anticipate that Rhizoctonia, Fusarium and Pythium will be there,” says Paula Halabicki, BASF Technical Marketing Manager. “Or if growers have had disease pressure in the past and the forecast says conditions are going to stay cool and wet, it’s a really good time to use an in-furrow product to extend the level of residual control for seedling diseases.”

In-furrow Fungicide Options

BASF’s Xanthion in-furrow fungicide delivers in-furrow protection against corn seedling diseases, to compliment your seed treatment by providing extended disease control.

Xanthion® in-furrow fungicide is a combination of two products, Headline® fungicide and Integral® biological fungicide. This co-pack may be applied via direct injection with a Dosatron®. The Dosatron in-furrow direct injection kit is a piece of equipment that measures a constant ratio of these two products, injecting them into the furrow with your starter nitrogen fertilizer as it is being applied, with no agitation required. BASF offers a rebate program for growers who are interested in purchasing a Dosatron system. Please see your BASF representative for full program details.

Extends Protection

The biofungicide component of Xanthion in-furrow fungicide, complements the chemical mode of action and works together with the seed treatment to provide longer-lasting residual disease control.

“When applying a biological like Integral, its bacteria colonize around the root system of the developing corn plant so that it physically excludes the diseases from coming in,” says Halabicki. “Whereas the effect of the chemical modes of action start to dissipate over time, the biological continues to grow as the corn grows and provides disease suppression of root diseases through the V3 stage.”


The biological component essentially creates a shield that prevents pathogens from entering the root zone. The bacterial colony that is formed also exudes or secretes secondary metabolites into the root zone that are antifungal.

“Fungal pathogens don’t want to be within the root zone because it inhibits them from developing,” says Halabicki. “Those are two really simple ways that this biological works to keep disease pathogens from damaging the young seedling and root.”

Improves Plant Health

Xanthion in-furrow fungicide also provides growers with Plant Health benefits including disease control, growth efficiency and stress tolerance.

“Growers will see more uniform crop emergence and more plants emerging, which will set them up for success throughout the season,” says Halabicki. “Then if growers are pushing the boundaries by planting a little bit earlier or if they can’t get over all their acres in ideal conditions, they can still see improved emergence and cold tolerance with the application a Plant Health in-furrow fungicide like Xanthion.”

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