Tuesday, July 10, 2012
by Michael Kropp
Traveling to hot and humid Alabama
Getting ready to travel to hot Alabama with a group of willing superintendents from Washington and Idaho….they all said it would be nice to get out of the pleasant and cool PNW. I forgot to tell them hot also means humid; I hope that they don’t melt.
It’s always great to get to FarmLinks. We, BASF, have a new researcher looking at BASF products on the course. This will be good to show end users what BASF products do in a very harsh environment. Brian Thompson, Marsha Ellis, Blake, and Casey always take good care of us when we visit from the West.
Talking Intrinsic brand fungicides
We continue to talk about the Intrinsic brand of fungicides. First it was Insignia® SC, then Honor®, now we can talk to our Ornamental end users about the disease control and plant health benefits with Pageant® Intrinsic brand fungicide. The launch events in early June in Dinuba, Watsonville, Sacramento, Burlingham, WA; Olympia, WA; and Portland, OR where all very well received. Some highlights included filling up the Dinuba research station conference room, Todd Burkdoll’s awesome cherry crop, and being audited by California DPR in Sacramento.
Talk about a pucker factor. When you ask for DPR credits for a meeting, you always know that you may be audited, but you never appreciate putting on a tremendous meeting until you have your regulators “drop” in on an end user meeting.
Just a sample of what they said, “BASF assembled a knowledgeable group of instructors to speak at the meeting. In each presentation, the speakers contributed useful information in their area of expertise. Additionally, the speakers kept the attendees engaged through dynamic PowerPoint presentations that included interesting photographs and video clips. Each speaker was comfortable taking questions from the audience, repeated the question so the entire audience could hear and provided practical and accurate answers. The meeting provided lots of information on new products available for use in California. Resistance management through pesticide rotation was stressed multiple times, by different speakers. Also, speakers reiterated the importance of reviewing pesticide label requirements for safe handling and use of new products. Overall, the sessions were organized and well received by the attendees.”
Finally, end users are all busy; great news! Travelling from Seattle, Boise, Salt Lake City, Portland, and Reno all had similar stories – we are getting busy and staying busy. Are we over the economic downturn and on our way up? I am not sure, but I can ask my 16 year old he seems to know everything.
Until next time, travel safe.