Thursday, May 26, 2011

Farmer Achieves 7 bu/A Yield Increase with New One-Pass Post

Corn and soybean producer Mark Benjamin was surprised when strips of his field treated with his incumbent one-pass system yielded 7 bu/A less than a new one-pass post challenger.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Corn and soybean producer Mark Benjamin was surprised when strips of his field treated with his incumbent one-pass system yielded 7 bu/A less than a new one-pass post challenger. Little did Benjamin know, this new herbicide system also proved itself in a 2009 Michigan State University Extension trial with higher yields, which brought a 6 percent economic return advantage over two passes of glyphosate.

Benjamin, a Williamston, Mich., farmer says he conducted an alternating side-by-side check of 24 rows of Lexar® herbicide vs. 24 rows of new Capreno® postemergence corn herbicide across one of his even, half-mile long fields. With soil types sometimes changing “every 100 yards” in his area, Benjamin knew he wanted to conduct the trial on a field with consistent soil type to accurately — and fairly — run the check. After seeing results of the multiple side-by-side strips harvested and weighed across the field, he knew which program to use for 2011: “When I looked at the price, ease of use and 7 bu/A difference, I knew I wanted to put Capreno on all my corn acres this year.”

This is a big commitment for a farmer who rarely runs a single program on his corn. “This year will be my first time doing a 100 percent post application spray. Since corn is going to be $6/bu, I want to go with Capreno because it [will help] get me an extra $42 an acre.”

If you’re interested in developing a story and would like to interview Mark Benjamin or a Bayer CropScience representative, contact: Paris Ivory, Bayer CropScience/Rhea + Kaiser, 630-955-6651, pivory@rkconnect.com. Field photos and headshots are available. Visit the Capreno webpage for more product information.

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