Optimize Yields with Plant Health

May 17, 2007 03:58 PM
 

Dan DeSutter (pictured at right) of Attica, Indiana, trusts Headline to improve plant health in his corn and soybeans.

A strong, healthy plant can often mean the difference between a great harvest and a bad year. Extreme heat, drought and disease pressure can all contribute to a poor crop. Although growers cannot control the weather, they can focus on management techniques that lead to better plant health™.

Disease control is the foundation of plant health. Managing for plant health is about optimizing the condition of the crop during its life cycle – allowing it to reach its maximum yield and quality potential. That’s because foliar diseases can weaken plants, sapping their energy and resulting in poor growth and greater susceptibility to environmental stresses. Under these stresses, the bottom line is reduced yields.

However, growers are better able to increase plant health by making a planned application of Headline® fungicide to control foliar diseases. By using Headline, growers are seeing plant growth and stress tolerance advantages such as better standability, stronger stalks, more pods, better pod fill, bigger ears and increased yields. Growers invest a lot in their crop each year and should protect that investment with a planned application of Headline.

"To me, plant health means more bushels per acre – our beans yielded more," said Alan Grossman, who grows 1,800 acres of soybeans and 1,000 acres of corn in Corydon, Kentucky. According to Grossman, he averages about 5 bushels of beans more per acre. "Where Headline was used, the plants stayed greener longer. Some of our beans were on what we call ‘thirsty’ ground. I think Headline helped those plants to handle the stress better."

Superior disease control for better plant health offers the added benefit of maximizing the yield and quality potential of soybeans and corn. Headline field trials conducted since 2002 show increased yields under a range of growing conditions. This was particularly true in regions where heat stress and drought were problematic. The plant health advantages of Headline help crops handle heat stress and drought better so crops have enough strength to take advantage of favorable late-season growing conditions.

Indiana grower Dan DeSutter applied Headline to boost plant health in 2006. Not only did Headline improve plant health in his corn and soybeans, but it also improved his bottom line.

"Several of the corn hybrids we planted this year responded dramatically to the Headline application. We saw a yield advantage close to 30 bushels per acre better with Headline," said DeSutter, who applied Headline to 500 acres of corn, as well as to soybeans.

He credits healthier plants that withstood some of the stress conditions in the field during 2006 with the yield result. "We saw better plant health and plants staying intact through stressful conditions."

Phil Shonk, with AgriGold Hybrids, saw similar results with his customers in West Central Indiana.

"The corn treated with Headline is visually obvious, right to the row, compared to the untreated area of the field," Shonk said. "plant health benefits yield by keeping the plant alive longer, giving the ears time to fill out and boosting standability. It all adds up to higher yields and profits."

In 2006, in more than 1,000 on-farm corn trials and 750 on-farm soybean trials, Headline produced consistently higher yields and positive returns on investment. The average yield advantage of Headline treated corn ranged from 12 to 15 bu/A, while Headline treated soybeans trials showed a 4 to 8 bu/A advantage.

For more information on how you can maximize your yield with a planned application of Headline fungicide, talk to your BASF retailer or visit www.agproducts.basf.com.

Always read and follow label directions.

Headline is a registered trademark of BASF.
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APN 07-01-088-0002v4

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