David Hartz and Headline on corn

Inside Dakota Ag

Psst – want a new tip for growing high yield corn? Maybe there's something to applying Headline on northern corn.

Published on: August 19, 2010

Psst – want a new tip for growing high yield corn?

 

Headline fungicide.

 

Put it on as a seed treatment, put it in-furrow, spray some on with you herbicide and even fly it on at tasseling.

 

That’s what David Hartz does and he says it pays – and pays so well that he’s not even doing test strips anymore.

 

I admit I was skeptical. Companies can make a lot of claims about products, but that doesn’t mean they are true. What works in their trials may not work on my farm or your farm. Figures lie and liars figures, my dad says.

 

But after meeting Hartz, I’m more open to the idea that maybe Headline is worth checking out.

 

Hartz grows 200 acres of corn about as far north in North Dakota as you can get without being in Canada. He been successful – producing about 175 bushels per acre last year in a county where 125 bushels her acre is considered a really good yield. His yield monitor went over 200 bushels per acre in spots

 

Hartz’s strategy is get all the basics right (plant spacing, population, fertility – stuff he know how to do well since he used to grow sugarbeets) and then keep plants as healthy as possible by applying Headline fungicide as many times as the label allows.

 

In test strips, Hartz has seen:

 

  • Bigger roots on Headline treated plants.  The bigger the roots, the more nutrients and water they’ll absorb, he says.

 

  • More green, healthy leaves on Headline treated plants. The larger the leaf area and the greener it stays late in the season, the higher the rate of photosynthesis during grain fill, he says. That’s important in North Dakota, especially, where days start getting shorter in August.

 

  • Bigger stalks on Headline treated plants. Plants with bigger, heavier stalks are less likely to lodge or get get pulled down by a snowdrift. “Some years, the stalk might have to be my grain bin,” Hartz says.

 

Will Headline pay off this year? Hartz’ crop look really good when I saw it this week. Check back for a yield report in November.