Working toward higher yields and managing inputs is a consistent goal for soybean growers every year. The American Soybean Association (ASA) and BASF are proud to recognize three growers who excelled in the 2009 Secure Optimal Yield (SOY) Challenge to successfully meet this goal.
Launched in 2007 as a partnership between BASF and the ASA, the program helps educate growers on best management practices to maximize yields. On-farm field trials demonstrate the value of enhanced weed management and disease control and Plant Health benefits in soybean production.
Winners of the 2009 SOY Challenge Program include grand prize winner David Roehm, and runners-up David Jonas and Charles Gleason. These winners submitted testimonials detailing their operation's success through participation in the SOY Challenge.
"By participating in this program, the winners learned and implemented the latest technologies for protecting their soybean yields, including early-season weed competition and improved disease control and Plant Health,” said Eric Kalasz, BASF Soybean Market Manager.
This program provides soybean growers with an opportunity to demonstrate enhanced weed and disease management techniques on their farm by reserving at least 20 acres for a field trial comparing two herbicide programs. Test acres received an application of a BASF residual herbicide, such as Prowl® H20, Scepter® or Extreme® herbicides, followed by a post application of glyphosate in-crop as needed.
Extreme is only labeled for Roundup Ready® soybeans. In addition, the test acres were treated with Headline® fungicide for disease control and Plant Health benefits. Control acres were treated with a single pass of glyphosate in-crop only. They did not receive treatment with a fungicide or residual herbicide.
Through the management program, participants learn how to maximize soybean yields through use of a fungicide for disease control and Plant Health, and how residual herbicide use can increase net yield and profit per acre of soybeans. Headline fungicide is proven to increase yields in soybeans across thousands of on-farm trials conducted over the past six years.
"Soybeans have been a secondary crop for most farmers, corn's the one we enjoy raising, with lots of bushels and lots of showy fields,” Roehm said. "But soybeans have come back into the spotlight recently because yield responses have really increased by putting a little more management into the crop.”
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