May 14, 2012
Farming economically is top priority for most growers. With that goal in mind, BASF creates products that aid growers in their quest to use their land and other resources as efficiently as possible. Steve and Donna Roth grow irrigated corn; a number of dry, edible beans and spring wheat on their 4,000 acre farm in Wadena, Minn. Farming in Central Minnesota leaves the Roths facing short days and short seasons, so they look for products that work in a timely manner.
The Roths have used BASF products for several years. They’ve applied Raptor® herbicide and Headline® fungicide, for disease control and plant health, to their edible beans and Status® herbicide to their corn fields. They are always concerned with the carry-over and safety of the products, and they’ve found BASF to be dependable.
“We used Raptor according to the label and used it very successfully,” said Steve. “Raising edible beans, you don’t have a second chance to go out and spray with Round Up or something like that because you can’t use it on [the beans]. We’re glad we have a product that we can use.”
The Roths test products on smaller plots of their crops before applying them widely, finding that tests help them stay economical and educated about available products.
“It isn’t just, you know, ‘We’ll just dump it in the tank and go,” said Steve. “You’ve got to be educated… we’ve got to be able to use economic and common sense, and ultimately, we’ve got to be honest in our dealings. If we can’t be honest with our dealings, American consumers will figure it out and they won’t want to buy it from us.”
You can find out more from the Roths by watching their testimonial video on our YouTube page.
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