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  • What is a DST?

  • What is a Field Marketing Specialist? 

  • Bayer Standard for Trials

  • Trial plots are side-by-side replicated comparisons at common locations to ensure virtually identical soil, moisture and other climatic conditions to provide meaningful results.  

  • Each trial contains an untreated check as a common comparison for the fungicide treatments.

  • All trials on are aggregate data compiled from over 8 years across Western Canada.

  • All trials are grower managed. They fertilize, seed and harvest each trial site using their own equipment and agronomic practices. All trials are non-inoculated and the presence of disease occurs as it naturally would.

  • Bayer has a team of 14 passionate individuals who make up the Field Marketing team, all with diverse agricultural backgrounds and expertise across Western Canada.  Each Specialist is responsible for specific regions in their area. These Specialists work alongside growers to develop the trials and work with them from start to finish; fertilizing, seeding, managing weeds, protecting against disease and eventually harvest. 
  • Since 2009, Field Marketing Specialists have assessed disease pressure in the untreated check. These assessments were completed at each application timing and 14-21 days following the final fungicide treatment. The goal of these assessments was to help illustrate the disease pressure at each location, at application timing and to help growers make decisions on their own farms about when to apply a fungicide.
  • Bayer Field Marketing Specialists monitor all trials closely and ensure the appropriate application timing of all products to maximize the validity of the results. In most cases fungicides are applied at the flag leaf and early flowering stages. Applications made at each stage are applied on the same day utilizing label rates of each fungicide. Any other required crop production practices are conducted uniformly across the trial as not to influence results.

  • Each trial is replicated twice within the same field so as to ensure field characteristics do not advantage or disadvantage any treatment. Factors such as varying soil types, environmental extremes or pest damage can affect uniformity across the trial. By using statistical analysis it can be determined that the differences between fungicide treatments are attributed to the effect of the fungicide, not other factors. If variability between the replications is too high the differences may be attributed to other factors. In this case the trial is cancelled.
  • Each fungicide treatment is harvested by the grower. One full swather or combine header width is cut down the center of each strip and this is used to determine yield as the harvested area can be accurately calculated.
  • Each fungicide treatment is one sprayer width wide and approximately 500 feet long.
  • Comparisons are completed at harvest and weigh wagons are used for accuracy – Yields are standardized with adjustment for dockage and moisture. Treatment samples are analyzed for various quality parameters like grade.
  • For fungicide treatments that are applied at heading samples are analyzed to assess levels of vomitoxin (DON) and fusarium damaged kernels (FDKs) versus untreated treatments within the same trial.

Cereals Summary

A decade of trial data

We have just completed our 10th consecutive year of Fungicide Demonstration Strip Trials (DSTs), proving once again, that fungicide application is still one of the best things you can do to get the most out of your crop.

With 9 consecutive years of yield and quality data from grower-cooperated trials, the Fungicide DST Program is the largest data set of its kind in Western Canada, offering irrefutable proof that fungicides consistently contribute to your bottom line.

Cereals Summary - 10 years of return on investment chart

Cereals Summary - Wheat yield: Competitor results chart

Cereals Summary - Barley yield: Competitor results chart

Pulse & Soybean Summary

Plan your first pass

Delaro combines the proven power of prothioconazole (Group 3) and trifloxystrobin (Group 11) to protect your pulse and soybean crops from the most damaging stem, leaf and pod diseases.

The Delaro advantage

  • The first pass for long-lasting, broad-spectrum disease protection for pulse and soybeans including protection from: ascochyta blight, anthracnose, mycosphaerella blight and white mould
  • Formulated to provide excellent spray retention and delivery of actives inside the leaves
  • Multiple modes of action for preventive and post-infection activity

Pulse and Soybean Summary - Barley yield: Competitor results chart

Pulse and Soybean Summary - Lentil sequential application results chart

Pulse and Soybean Summary - Field pea: Competitor results chart

Pulse and Soybean Summary - Soybean: Yield results chart

Canola Summary

Sclerotinia doesn’t care where you farm

Regardless if you’re in a high or low risk area, increasingly tighter canola rotations, plus conditions that favour disease, are providing opportunity for sclerotinia to flourish across the West. In fact, with the right conditions, sclerotinia can travel incredible distances during spore release. And you could potentially lose a significant portion of your crop.

Canola Summary - Canola yield: 4 year competitor results chart

Canola Summary - Canola yield: 2017 competitor results chart

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