Even with dejected row crop prices now a frightening reality the industry must tackle head-on, adjuvants are somewhat surprisingly projected to maintain (or in some cases even build upon) market share in the crop protection realm throughout the next year.
“We’ve got another year ahead of increased tank mixing with glyphosate, which probably means a second adjuvant will be added to most mixes,” says Precision Laboratories’ Jim Reiss, vice president, ag chemistries, of the market outlook. “Add to that the now multiple herbicide applications for resistant weed control, the new Dow, Monsanto and BASF technologies coming to market and continued use of overlapping residuals and multiple modes of action — there is still going to be a substantive need for premium adjuvant products going forward.
“Now, I’m a ‘the glass is half-full kind of guy’ and there’s a lot of growing season left between now and next fall, so a lot can happen in that time,” Reiss warns. “But in my opinion, the crop protection products that typically go on last — foliar fungicides and foliar-applied micro nutrition products — will be more closely scrutinized (than adjuvants) with lower crop prices.”