March 09, 2012
BASF has spent the past two years partnering with university agronomists to put its innovative, high-yielding products to the test. These research trials in corn and soybeans have shown that a comprehensive pest-management program utilizing a combination of herbicides, fungicides and insecticides provides effective weed, disease and insect control, while maximizing Plant Health for potentially higher yields and profit.
The field studies, replicated at University and BASF sites throughout the Midwest, evaluated yield responses to BASF products. The products tested included Headline® fungicide and Headline AMPTM fungicide, for disease control and Plant Health benefits, along with three products powered by Kixor® herbicide technology: Sharpen® herbicide, OpTill® herbicide and VerdictTM herbicide. The BASF products proved to be high performers.
In the corn study, the BASF high-yield program consisted of Verdict preemergence, followed by a glyphosate post, followed by Headline AMP at the VT growth stage. This program led to an average 11.7 bu/A increase compared to an atrazine-based premix treatment. When set against average corn prices for each year, such a yield leads to an additional estimated profit per acre of $47.73, an amount any grower would be thrilled to see.1
The 2010 soybean study used a BASF high-yield program consisting of glyphosate and Kixor-based product preplant burndown, followed by glyphosate post, followed by Headline and Respect® insecticide at R3. The 2011 high-yield program was changed by replacing Headline and Respect with highly anticipated, soon to be registered fungicide and insecticide products. The average yield increase across years was a 6.8 bu/A increase when compared to a two-pass, non-residual, glyphosate-based program. For the 2010 results, the yield increase applied to average soybean prices led to additional estimated profit per acre was $74.20.2
It is clear from the research trials that using BASF products means a good return on investment for growers. Using the estimated profit per acre, BASF calculated an estimated ROI of 2.7 to 1 for each additional dollar invested in the corn program.3 Estimated ROI for the 2010 soybean program is 3.5 to 1 for each additional dollar when compared to the glyphosate-based program.4
As growers face new challenges, BASF works to find the best solutions for driving the yield advantage through innovative products.
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1Corn profit: BASF high-yield corn program (Verdict, Headline AMP, adjuvant and aerial application) cost was $24.07 and 28.67 in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Increased revenue in 2010 was $53.56/A=10.3 bu/A increase multiplied by $5.20 (Average of reported USDA U.S. Season Average corn prices - $6.11-7.37 bu/A – as reported November 2011). Increased revenue in 2011 was $84.82/A=12.4 bu/A increase multiplied by $6.84 (Average of reported USDA U.S. Season Average corn prices - $6.11-7.37 bu/A – as reported November 2011). Estimated $47.73 increased profit = weighted average of increased revenue minus cost of BASF high-yield corn program cost across years.
2Soybean Profit: BASF high yield soybean program (OpTill, Headline, Respect and post application) cost $30.00/A in 2010. Increased revenue in 2010 was $104.20/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 November 2010). Estimated $74.20 increased profit = 104.20 – 30.00. Profit for 2011 soybean trials cannot be calculated because the fungicide and insecticide used are not yet registered with the U.S. EPA.
3Corn ROI: Estimated ROI of 2.7 to 1= weighted average of increased revenue divided by BASF high-yield corn program cost across years.
4Soybean ROI: Estimated ROI of 3.5 to 1 based on increased revenue divided by BASF high-yield soybean program cost. ROI for 2011 soybean trials cannot be calculated because the fungicide and insecticide used are not yet registered with the U.S. EPA.