If you applied Headline® fungicide this year for disease control and if years of trial data are any indication, you’ve made the right choice for your crop. Thousands of growers, including the world soybean-yield record holder and the national corn-yield champion, got substantial yield boosts last year, thanks to the disease control and Plant Health™ benefits of Headline.
Grower-applied field trials in 2006 confirmed what current Headline users already know: Headline can help boost yields and deliver a real return on investment. In 1000 corn trials and 750 soybean trials across a broad range of geographies and weather, growers saw yields boosted by 12 to 15 bu/A in corn and 4 to 8 bu/A in soybeans.
It all starts with the great disease control of Headline and extends throughout the season with Plant Health benefits that reflect improved growth efficiency, improved stress tolerance and better harvestability. And the net result has been higher yields.
The trial results give growers the confidence they can, on average, grow more, but others are pushing even further to see if – and how – they can break through the yield ceiling. And here, too, Headline is proving its worth.
Kip Cullers in Purdy, Missouri, regularly competes in both soybean and corn yield contests. And 2006 was a great year for him, with the world-record soybean yield of 139.39 bu/A and the overall National Corn Yield Contest championship, with a yield of 347.27 bu/A, to his name.
"We use Headline in all of our competition corn and soybeans," says Cullers. "It’s the best fungicide with the most research and data backing it up." And he wasn’t alone in choosing Headline. The majority of the 27 winners in the various categories of the National Corn Growers Association 2006 National Corn Yield Contest used Headline.
Cullers believes a good fungicide program is important in protecting everything he’s invested in his crop – from strong seed genetics to irrigation and the meticulous management of plant populations.
"Every bloom on a soybean plant is a potential pod," says Cullers. "You don’t want any disease out there, no pressure, no stress. That’s the most important thing in maximizing yield."
The disease control and improved stress tolerance provided by Headline are important to the results Cullers has achieved in both corn and soybeans. Plus, he sees the Plant Health benefits in other important ways, including improved harvestability, particularly in corn, where less lodging means an easier harvest.
So all indications are that, if you applied Headline this year, your prospects are particularly bright. You’ve provided some of the best disease control available, giving your crop the Plant Health benefits it needs to thrive and help deliver a maximum yield and a no-fuss harvest.
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