Feb. 25, 2021 11:12 AM

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As an alfalfa grower, you know that high yield and high quality alfalfa means higher profitability for your operation. Continued quality and yield after successive cuttings serve to bring profits even higher. So, how do you go about ensuring the long-term success of your alfalfa? It could start with a fungicide treatment.

The right fungicide treatment will not only give your alfalfa a better shot against diseases, it can increase the potential for faster regrowth and quicker green up following a cutting. The right fungicide can also help it withstand winterkill and improve the longevity of your alfalfa crop while delivering improved drought tolerance and stronger roots and stems that are more able to resist tough weather conditions and pests.

If you’re growing for the dairy market, you’re likely trying to hit a specific quality target. Again, the right fungicide has a role to play. If the product you choose doesn’t play well in your existing program with foliar fertilizer or other chemicals, or it gums up nozzles and tips, that’s time wasted and possibly a missed opportunity to deliver protection when your alfalfa needs it most.

What’s the solution? It could start with AZteroid® FC 3.3 from Vive Crop Protection. It’s a fungicide that maximizes your potential for high quality and high yields of alfalfa while controlling common leaf diseases: leaf spot, mildews, Rhizoctonia and stem blight, rusts, black stem, black patch, and yellow leaf blotch. It also provides the plant health benefits you need for increased yield and quality.

What sets AZteroid FC 3.3 apart from other fungicides? It comes down to the perfect combination of performance and ease-of-use. While other fungicides might leave pivot or sprayer nozzles clogged and lines gummed up when mixed with other products, Vive products are designed to play well with others. AZteroid FC 3.3 easily integrates into your program, whether that means mixing with foliar feeds, insecticides, glyphosate, or hard water.

AZteroid FC 3.3 is the first azoxystrobin fungicide to be fully compatible with foliar fertilizers. Studies have shown that foliar application between cuttings can result in higher yields and higher quality alfalfa. AZteroid FC 3.3 is systemic in the plant, protecting new growth from disease while quicker green up, increased leaf retention, and higher stem counts benefit your bottom line. Alfalfa treated with AZteroid FC 3.3 has stronger roots and stems, offering better resistance to weather and pests.

2020 grower satisfaction surveys back up the claims as well, with 97% of growers planning to re-use Vive products in the coming year, and 94% claiming they would recommend Vive products to a friend or neighbor. One customer even stated that “We used AZteroid on one of our lowest yielding alfalfa fields in the fall on the third cut, and it yielded better than ever.” Another customer noted that they made $30 per acre more on fields treated with AZteroid FC 3.3 versus an untreated check.

Learn more about AZteroid FC 3.3 and the benefits it provides to alfalfa and sign up for exclusive product updates and trial results and more.