BASF urges growers to protect their seed investment with Headline® fungicide

As corn growers make seed purchase decisions this season, BASF encourages growers to purchase Headline fungicide as they book their seed for the 2009 planting season.

“As growers are making their seed purchase decisions, they should also consider booking their Headline to protect their seed investment,” said Markus Heldt, group vice president, North America, BASF Agricultural Products. “BASF is committed to giving growers the most innovative crop protection products available to help maximize disease control and plant health and get the most out of every acre. By pairing their seed purchase with Headline, growers can have greater peace of mind knowing that these valuable assets are secured well before 2009 planting begins.“

To meet the growing demand for Headline, BASF recently announced a $225 million investment in additional production facilities in Germany, France, Brazil and the United States. This increase in production capacity illustrates BASF’s commitment to continually meet grower’s needs.

"We have found through trials and research that Headline fungicide turns ordinary fields into overachievers,“ said Heldt. "When booking Headline, growers are encouraged to work with their retailer to secure the availability of their aerial applicator when it is time for Headline application.“

ABOUT HEADLINE

Headline is the most researched fungicide on the market with over 5,000 on-farm trials in corn and soybeans in the past several years. In 2007, thousands of on-farm trials with Headline produced average yield boosts of 12 to 16 bu/A in corn and 4 to 8 bu/A in soybeans; however, Headline does even more than prevent disease and boost yield. By aiding in preventing disease, Headline helps plants to commit more energy and resources to growth efficiency and improved stress tolerance. This improves harvest ability in two ways -- without rot and other diseases, the plant stalk maintains its integrity, and since the plant is not battling disease, the stalks themselves are sturdier. The outcome is hardy, disease-free stalks that are less likely to lodge or to drop ears. All of this translates into a faster, easier harvest with more kernels in the bin.

For more information about Headline fungicide and other BASF crop protection products, visit www.agproducts.basf.com.

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