Thursday, May 19, 2011

Farmer Says New One-Pass Post Keeps Down Weeds, Input Costs

Corn producer sees 1/3 cost savings vs. other programs

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Velvetleaf, lambsquarters and foxtails aren’t the only profit reducers Springport, Mich., producer Butch Lincoln looks to keep away from his operation. Like many farmers, Lincoln actively searches for ways to keep down high input costs, and in turn, increase profit at harvest.

Lincoln has been using one-pass herbicide programs for more than 20 years. Last season, he tried Capreno® postemergence corn herbicide on 40 acres, and a tankmix of Lexar®/Bicep® on others. “The Lexar had to be mixed with Bicep to get the control. As for cost, it was about 1/3 more than Capreno.” He says cost plays a significant role when he considers purchasing crop inputs: “Cost is a big factor on a lot of my decisions. Capreno costs a lot less than the herbicides I had been using. Plus, I heard it had very good weed control. So I decided to try it.”

While cost is important for this farmer, he says performance is king when it comes time to purchase a program the following season, which is why he’s using Capreno on 100 percent of his corn acres for the 2011 season: “From May 1 until the end of June, we had 26 ½ inches of rain in this area. We were lucky to get it sprayed between rains. It worked. You can see out in the field that there are no weeds.”

If you’re interested in developing a story and would like to interview Butch Lincoln or a Bayer CropScience representative, contact: Paris Ivory, Bayer CropScience/Rhea + Kaiser, 630-955-6651, Headshots are available. Visit the Capreno webpage for more product information.

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