Aerial Applicators can Cover More Ground, More Quickly with Supplemental Label for Headline Fungicide
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (May 31, 2006)
A recently approved supplemental label for aerial application of Headline® fungicide in corn and soybeans paves the way for aerial applicators to spray more acres per fill, covering more ground at a crucial point in the growing season.
Under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval, a reduced water volume can be used in the spray solution when applying Headline fungicide aerially to corn or soybean crops this year. BASF is currently in the process of obtaining state labels for this new federal registration.
"There can be a lot of acres to cover in a matter of days. So what's significant about this supplemental label is that it gives growers a way of getting more acres covered quickly when they need it most," said BASF Technical Marketing Manager Gary Fellows. "Spraying during the optimal spray timing window is important to protecting their crops from disease threats and protecting what they’ve already invested in the crop. Fellows notes that the optimal timing for Headline application in corn is between the pre-tassel and silking stage, making aerial application one of the main application options. In soybeans, fungicide applications are most effective at the R2 to R3 growth stage (full bloom to the beginning of pod development).
This supplemental label reduces the minimum amount of water permitted for aerial application of Headline® fungicide in corn and soybean crops from five gallons per acre to two gallons per acre. Applications made at spray volumes of 2-5 gallons per acre must contain crop oil with emulsifier properties in the spray solution and be calibrated to ensure penetration throughout the crop canopy.
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