Grower Trials Prove HEADLINE Delivers Significant Yield Increase for Field Pea, Lentil and Wheat Crops

Results from over 200 Western Canadian Grower Trials Show the Beneficial Effects of HEADLINE

The yield results from the 2008 BASF Canada GrowForward™ Yield Challenge have now been tabulated, bringing the number of grower-applied trials for HEADLINE® fungicide on field peas, lentils and cereals to more than 200 since 2003 – and HEADLINE comes out a clear winner. Compared with untreated checks, HEADLINE-treated peas posted an average yield advantage of 11 percent; HEADLINE-treated lentils delivered a 9 percent average yield advantage; and, HEADLINE treated wheat posted an average yield advantage of 10 percent.

“It pays to spray HEADLINE,” says Wayne Barton, Brand Manager, Fungicides for BASF Canada. “BASF has done extensive research on the beneficial disease control and plant health effects of HEADLINE, but what is most gratifying is to see these results from grower-applied trials. They show that, at the end of the day, HEADLINE puts money into the grower’s pocket.”

More than 200 grower-applied trials of HEADLINE on field peas, lentils and wheat have been conducted across Western Canada over the last six years. Typically, growers apply HEADLINE to their crops to prevent disease spread, but additional plant health benefits have been traced to pyraclostrobin, the active ingredient in HEADLINE. These grower-applied trials are part of the research BASF has undertaken to understand these benefits.

“There was a quite a difference between my peas and my brother’s,”commented Timothy Duchek of Atwater, Saskatchewan. “His peas, which were right beside mine, weren’t sprayed with HEADLINE and there was quite a noticeable difference. His peas all went down with disease and mine stood up, and then we got hail. Even then, I still ended up running about 35 bu/acre.”Larger and fuller pods, more consistent seed size, better standability, improved harvestability and better tolerance of stress were some of the other HEADLINE fungicide-related attributes noted by growers who trialled HEADLINE on their crops.

“Applying HEADLINE to your crop in a year with high-disease pressure is an obvious step. What I think growers are now realizing, however, is that spraying HEADLINE even in years when disease pressure is light is worthwhile, given the yield and plant health benefits,” concludes Barton.

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