January 26, 2011
A comprehensive 2010 crop protection study showed using a portfolio of BASF products can lead to an average 9.1 bu/A increase in soybeans and 33.3 bu/A increase in corn when compared to a total post treatment of glyphosate.
Large-scale replicated field studies in corn and soybean were conducted at university and BASF test plot sites throughout the Midwest. The objective of the research was to evaluate yield responses to increasing BASF crop protection inputs – including Headline® fungicide, Headline AMP™ fungicide, Kixor® herbicide technology and Respect® insecticide.
“So many factors affect yield potential, from weeds and diseases to insect pests. It’s critically important that growers plan their inputs to mitigate risk and maximize yield potential,” said Dr. Dan Westberg, BASF Technical Market Manager. “The BASF crop protection portfolio provides growers with the tools they need to help maximize potential for a considerable increase in their corn and soybean yields.”
Soybean field results
A combination of glyphosate and Kixor(OpTill™ herbicide or Sharpen™ herbicide plus Prowl® H20 herbicide) preplant, followed by glyphosate post, followed by Headline fungicide and Respect insecticide at R3 provided an average yield of 57.9 bu/A, an increase of 9.1 bu/A when compared to only using a combination of glyphosate and 2,4-D ester preplant followed by glyphosate post.1 Set against today’s average soybean prices, this yield increase gives growers an additional estimated revenue of $104.20 per acre.3 This yield increase potential translates to an estimated return on investment (ROI) of $3.47 for each additional dollar invested in the BASF program.4
“The BASF product portfolio provides growers with maximum protection on multiple fronts,” Westberg said. “This study’s results provide a roadmap for growers to meet their full soybean yield potential.”
Corn field results
Corn results showed a 184.9 bu/A average (a yield increase of 33.3 bu/A) by using a combination of Kixor herbicide technology preemergence, followed by glyphosate post, followed by Headline AMP fungicide at VT, compared to only using glyphosate post.2 When taking today’s average corn prices per acre into account, that bump in bushels can bring growers an extra $173.16 per acre.5 This potential yield increase represents an estimated ROI of $3.60 for each additional dollar invested in the BASF program.6
North Dakota grower David Hartz has enjoyed the benefits of BASF’s innovations.
“Kixor protected our corn crop from getting overrun by weeds and actually we had some acres that never did get sprayed with a postemerge herbicide and they were pretty clean fields,” Hartz said.
For more information on how the BASF portfolio can help increase yields on your acres, contact your local authorized BASF retailer or go to www.agproducts.basf.com.
Visit www.youtube.com/basfagproducts to watch video of David Hartz and Kip Cullers in BASF’s Top Plot video series, telling the stories of four growers who employed the BASF portfolio to maximize their yields.
Respect is a Restricted Use Pesticide.
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1 2010 BASF & University Field Trials (10): BASF (IL & TN), UI, SIU, ISU, SDSU, Purdue, MU, KSU, UN. All treatments included adjuvants as required. BASF Preplant program: OpTill™ herbicide or Sharpen™ herbicide + Prowl H20® herbicide.
2 2010 BASF & University Field Trials (6): BASF, SIU, ISU, Purdue, MU, UN. All treatments included adjuvants as required. A burndown treatment was applied to all treatments at no-till locations.
3 $104.20 bu/A= 9.1 bu/A increase multiplied by $11.45 (Average of reported USDA U.S. Season Average soybean prices - $10.70-12.20 bu/A - as reported 11/10/10).
4 $3.47/A = Estimated ROI calculated based on a $30/A BASF soybean portfolio treatment.
5 $173.16 bu/A = 33.3 bu/A increase multiplied by $5.20 (Average of reported USDA U.S. Season Average corn prices - $4.80-5.60 bu/A - as reported 11/10/10).
6 $3.60/A = Estimated ROI calculated based on a $42.69/A BASF corn portfolio treatment.