INTRODUCTION OF THE CPDA APPLICATION ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM
02/02/21 – Featured speakers Susan Sun, Croda, & Jim Reiss, Precision Laboratories describe the CPDA Application Enhancement Program, and its objective to assist growers and applicators to the right size spray droplets for herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides to minimize off target movement and maximize control. The program includes matching the Crop Protection Products to the optimum spray tip and drift reduction adjuvant. A Q&A session includes special guests Dr. Bradley K. Fritz, Supervisory Agricultural Engineer,Aerial Application Technology Research, USDA-ARS and Dr. Greg Kruger, BASF, former Associate Professor and Pesticide Application Technology and Weed Science Specialist from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
ADJUVANTS SUPPORT RESPONSIBLE AGRONOMY IN GOOD YEARS & BAD and INPUT TRENDS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR 2021
“ADJUVANTS SUPPORT RESPONSIBLE AGRONOMY IN GOOD YEARS & BAD” 12/10/20 (00:00-18:43) Presented by Joe Gednalske, CPDA. Joe Gednalske addresses the commodity markets impact on future crop input decisions and its affect on growers and retailers response to adjuvant usage. Including: When Ag Commodity Markets are low, what happens to adjuvant use? Does the Grower know the value of his adjuvant investment? What do Retailers value in adjuvants and what issues affect adjuvant focus? What is needed for Retailers to increase adjuvant promotion? How adjuvant investment provides opportunities. “INPUT TRENDS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR 2021” (18:44-48:40) Features guest Ken Zuckerberg, Senior Economist and Lead Industry Analyst, Knowledge Exchange Division, CoBank. Despite the lingering effects of COVID-19, the 2020 growing season is concluding on a high note with a good harvest in the books, fall applications underway and rising corn and soybean prices. The key question now is: “what does this mean for planted acreage and crop input sales during the 2021 growing season?” Ken will share his views on the current state of the farm economy, input trends and implications for the year ahead.
HOW CPDA CERTIFICATION CAN INCREASE VALUE AND SALES OF ADJUVANTS
07/28/20 – This webinar video highlights the benefit and value of CPDA Adjuvant Certification and also reviews the process and costs of product certification. The featured guest speaker Dr. Rich Zollinger, Professor Emeritus, NDSU has focused on researching adjuvants and training the industry on how to effectively use adjuvant products. Rich shares his experience and industry perspective on the use of adjuvants. Rebecca Peters (Precision Laboratories, LLC), Chair of the CPDA Adjuvant Committee, discusses the certification application process, and Joe Gednalske of CPDA, provides an overview of the certification history, value and importance, and the continued plans to promote the Adjuvant Certification Program.
THE VALUE OF ADJUVANTS WITH FUNGICIDES, part I
06/09/20 – Part 1 Featuring Steve Roehl, Ag Strategy Manager, Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative. Steve Roehl discussed some of the challenges in managing fungicide resistance. Over the last thirty years, sugar beet growers lost two fungicide families and now there are concerns over the potential for increased resistance. Steve addressed the problem of sub-lethal exposure which is a precursor for the development of resistance. Adjuvants play an important role in maximizing the application of fungicides including deposition aids, stickers, and spreaders.
THE VALUE OF ADJUVANTS WITH FUNGICIDES, part II
06/09/20 – Part 2 Presented by Joe Gednalske, Manager, CPDA Membership and Value Promotion, CPDA. Joe Gednalske discussed the beneficial role that adjuvants play in the fungicide market. Adjuvant products are important for increasing coverage, improving deposition, enhancing cuticle penetration, and facilitating retention of spray droplets on the plant leaf – key components of a successful fungicide application. Joe acknowledged that the evidence clearly shows the positive benefits that can be derived from the use of these adjuvants. Joe outlined the importance for a clear and consistent message on the value of adjuvants when used with fungicides in tank mixes.
THE VALUE OF ADJUVANTS WITH FUNGICIDES, Part III
06/09/20 Part 3 – Questions & Answers with Joe Gednalske, CPDA and Steve Roehl, SMBSC, At the conclusion of the webinar several questions were posed to the speakers including one about the primary difference between a deposition aid and extenders. Deposition aids help to get the right droplet size which then facilitates movement of droplets throughout the plant canopy. Deposition aids are used for droplet spectrum management while extenders are used for sticking. Adjuvants are important in minimizing the development of fungicide resistance. Oil based adjuvants were also discussed.
THE IMPORTANCE OF ADJUVANT SELECTIONS IN YOUR 2020 CROP PROTECTION DECISIONS
Presentation by Joe Gednalske, Manager, CPDA Membership and Value Promotion. With literally a few thousand of adjuvants available, selecting a CPDA certified adjuvant is a great way to narrow your search for the best adjuvant. The takeaway was the importance of tank mix adjuvants in maximizing the performance of crop protection products. It is not uncommon to use two or more herbicides in a spray tank, each one having its own adjuvant requirements and a different mode of action. Premium adjuvants result in better performance of the herbicide, help minimize the potential for weed resistance, and lead to more successful crop protection applications.