Headline® fungicide cotton field trials show an average increase of 65 pounds of lint per acre

April 30, 2009 08:02 AM

BASF data confirms that Headline consistently increases yield potential year after year

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – BASF has released results of its 2008 on-farm field trials of Headline®fungicide in cotton that demonstrate an average increased yield of 65 pounds of lint per acre (lint/a) and minimized crop risk through the control of key mid- to late-season foliar diseases.

In the 77 on-farm trials conducted in 2008, Headline, the most researched fungicide on the market, showed a consistent lint/a yield advantage. This confirms the 67 replicated trials conducted in the past four years with Headline on cotton.

  • Average cotton yield increase of 65 pounds of lint/a with early or mid-bloom applications
  • Average cotton yield increase of 94 pounds lint/a with sequential bloom applications
  • Headline applications maintained high lint quality, including uniformity, fiber length, color and strength, while increasing yield

"We are very impressed with Headline's increased yield potential for cotton, disease control and Plant Health benefits," said Amber Shirley, Ph.D., technical marketing manager with BASF. "The successful on-farm field trials show that cotton growers can obtain the same benefits in terms of yield, disease control and Plant Health that corn, wheat and soybean growers have come to expect with the use of Headline on their farms."

Cotton diseases controlled by Headline include Alternaria leaf spot, Ascochyta blight, Stemphyllium leaf spot, Anthracnose boll rot, Ascochyta boll rot, Diplodia boll rot, Fusarium hard lock, Phoma blight and rust.

"When looking at field trial results in cotton from the past six years, Headline has averaged a 65-pound lint/a increase," Dr. Shirley said. "The 2008 results confirm that Headline has consistently increased yield potential year after year."

Headline is an ideal tank-mix partner and can be mixed with an insecticide and Pentia®plant regulator, which helps growers avoid extra application cost. Headline is a part of the BASF line of trusted products for cotton farmers, including Prowl H20® herbicide, Pentia plant regulator and Distinct® herbicide.

Headline also has shown consistent yield advantages in other crops. Farm trials in 2008 confirmed yield advantages of 14 to 16 bu/a in corn, four to eight bu/a in soybeans and eight to 10 bu/a when applied at flag leaf in wheat.

For more information about Headline and other BASF crop protection products, visit www.agproducts.basf.com.


About the Crop Protection division
With sales of €3,137 million in 2007, BASF's Crop Protection division is a leader in crop protection and a strong partner to the farming industry providing well-established and innovative fungicides, insecticides and herbicides. Farmers use these products and services to improve crop yields and crop quality. Other uses include public health, structural/urban pest control, turf and ornamental plants, vegetation management, and forestry. BASF aims to turn knowledge rapidly into market success. The vision of BASF's Crop Protection division is to be the world's leading innovator, optimizing agricultural production, improving nutrition, and thus enhancing the quality of life for a growing world population. Further information can be found on the web at www.agro.basf.com.

About BASF
BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from oil and gas to chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals. As a reliable partner BASF helps its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF has more than 95,000 employees and posted sales of almost €58 billion in 2007. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.

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