Fungicides: Healthy Risk Management Practices to Yield Best Results


Published Date : Feb 11, 2016

Fungicides refer to chemical formulations used to manage fungal diseases in plants. They are primarily used to in major crops such as cereals, grains, oilseeds, pulses, fruits, and vegetables. Fungicides are also used over turf grass in stadiums, for ornamental plants, and municipal causeways. The growing need for yield-enhancing agrochemicals led by concerns over food security will drive the global fungicides market. Changing dietary patterns have led to increase in demand for fruits and vegetables, thereby augmenting the growth of the global fungicides market. However, increasing incidences of fungicide resistance will hamper the market growth in the coming years. The overall market has an opportunity to grow with increasing awareness among farmers about the benefits of fungicides.

Demand for Mancozeb Fungicides to Surge in Coming Years
According to product type, the global fungicides market has been segmented into metalaxyl, mancozeb, chlorothalonil, strobilurin, and others including benzimidazoles, phenylamides, and triazols. In the coming years, the mancozeb fungicides are expected to be the fastest growing segment in the market. The increased demand for mancozeb can be attributed to its low price and very effective non-selective fungicidal activity. Strobilurin, another major fungicide, is witnessing increasing number of resistance incidences against fungicidal activity in cereals and vegetables crop types.  

Risk Management Practices regarding Fungicides to Help Farmers

This week, at the Corn Belt Seed Conference, Professor Kirsten Wise talked about the best fungicide management practices. While there are pros and cons associated with spraying fungicides, using them is important for reducing the risk for disease. For corn, diseases such as northern leaf blight, gray leaf spot, and rust are common. It is impossible to cultivate crop such as corn without using fungicides. However, applying fungicides too early might not be beneficial. Professor Kirsten further talked about some healthy risk management practices regarding the usage of fungicides.