Headline® fungicide can prevent disease and boost your yields. It can also make those additional bushels easier to harvest.
In 2006, thousands of on-farm trials with Headline produced average yield boosts of 12 to 15 bu/A in corn and 4 to 8 bu/A in soybeans. But in between stopping disease and boosting yields, Headline does a lot more. And those are the other plant health benefits — including better harvestability — that you need to know about.
By preventing disease, Headline enables plants to commit more energy and resources to growth efficiency and improved stress tolerance. This improves harvestability in two ways. First, without rot and other diseases, the plant stalk maintains its integrity. And with more resources committed to growth, not battling disease, the stalks themselves are sturdier. The outcome is hardy, disease-free stalks that are less likely to lodge or to drop ears. That all translates into a faster, easier harvest with more kernels in the bin.
Corn grower Jamie Madsen of Minden, Nebraska, has seen these benefits for himself. His corn treated with Headline stood out dramatically with their thick stalks, whereas the check looked dead before reaching full maturity. "We have seen a lot of stalk rot and where we didn’t have Headline, the corn was going down significantly," he says.
There are other plant health benefits that growers are discovering. For instance, leaves tend to stay greener longer, right up to maturity. The fact that leaves last longer is an important part of the yield story: with these critical carbon-fixing structures producing sugars later into the season, there’s more energy and resources for plant yield.
Here, too, Madsen saw the role of Headline. "The Headline plants were just healthier and greener on the leaves. There was a lot more photosynthesis going on."
"Up until now, we’ve felt pretty helpless dealing with these late-season leaf and stalk problems," Madsen says. "We see ears that don’t develop all the way, and a lot of corn on the ground. That costs us yield we’ve already paid for."
With its superior disease control, Headline can deliver more than most growers expected in the form of improved growth efficiency, greater stress tolerance and, ultimately, higher potential yields. For his part, Madsen is a believer. "In the future, I think Headline will continue to be a great production tool for us, especially since we plan more corn-on-corn acres."
Corn treated with Headline (left) makes for an easier harvest with more kernels in the bin, while untreated corn (right) is typically more prone to lodge, leaving more yield on the ground. Source: 2007 Jamie Madsen, Aurora Coop, Minden, Nebraska
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