Managing at the Margins

Maximizing yield potential means more bushels in the bin and more dollars in the bank.
Managing at the Margins
Using the right mix of products helps this corn grower in Washington Court House, Ohio, harvest more grain per bushel.
According to an economic analysis from Purdue University, over the last six years, only a 10% increase on average in corn productivity has been the difference between growers making a profit or not making a profit.
Michael Boden @SyngentaUS says more yield equals better margins. Have you done the math with your agronomist?

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Managing at the margins has never been more important. That’s why, looking ahead to 2021, it’s critical for growers to make the best input decisions for their unique farm conditions to help maximize their profit per bushel.

Michael Boden, head of U.S. Crop Protection sales at Syngenta, says that some companies offer discount bundles to add crop protection products to seed purchases. He adds that, while these short-term savings might be tempting, it could lead to inferior agronomic choices, costing growers yield in the long run.

“At Syngenta, we believe in giving growers choices, not limiting them,” Boden says. “We know the way to achieve the best return on investment is to have the flexibility to use the products that make sense for your farm and that deliver the best results for you.

When retailers have the freedom to recommend products based on performance and personal knowledge of local grower needs, it empowers them to bring the most value to their customers.

Michael Boden
Head, U.S. Crop Protection Sales
“Growers need the freedom to choose based on product performance and agronomic value — not rebates. Good agronomy trumps discounts every time. We are confident our portfolio can help you reap the greatest benefit by choosing the best solutions for your individual needs.”

Set Profit Objectives

Boden advises growers to consider their profit objectives for the year and what it’s going to take to get there. Then, select the products proven to drive yield on each field.

“For example, when used preemergence at full label rates, Acuron® corn herbicide helps growers find 5-15 more bushels an acre than with any other herbicide*,” Boden says. “That’s because it controls tough, yield-robbing weeds and has long-lasting residual activity, flexible application and unmatched crop safety. Less weed competition translates into more nutrients, sunlight and water available for the growing corn, which leads to more bushels and extra revenue potential.”

Chart showing that from 1996 to 2019 the breakeven gap in corn is steadily decreasing from a high of 50% in 1999 to 3% in 2019

Partnering With Retailers to Help Growers Be More Successful

In agriculture, the best knowledge is local knowledge. Boden notes a universal agricultural truth: Growers and their trusted local advisers are ideally equipped with the knowledge to choose the right products to fit their farm.

“That’s why Syngenta focuses its energy and resources on developing a portfolio of world-class crop protection products that consistently outperform competitive products,” Boden says. “With better performance, harvest results have the potential to dramatically improve and growers get more value. And offering these products in a straightforward way helps growers base their decisions on agronomics.”

Choice and freedom are key to on-farm success, Boden says. “When retailers have the freedom to recommend products based on performance and personal knowledge of local grower needs, it empowers them to bring the most value to their customers,” Boden concludes. “Talk to your Syngenta retailer to learn more about achieving the most value for your farm.”

*When applied preemergence and at full label rates. Acuron yield advantage range based on 2016 Syngenta and University trials comparing Acuron to Corvus®, Resicore®, SureStart® II and Verdict®.

For more information on Acuron versus an individual product, ask your Syngenta representative.