New rate recommendations for Headline fungicide have been permitted by the EPA for control of all key disease in corn, according to its manufacturer, BASF.
“After significant testing and field use, BASF has established that applying Headline at the rate of 6 ounces per acre provides the same level of disease control as 9 ounces per acre,” says Gary Fellows, BASF technical marketing manager. “This section 2 (ee) is important because we want retailers and growers to be comfortable making this recommendation and applying Headline at this rate to protect corn from disease threats.”
Corn growers who use Harness and Degree herbicides for grass and broadleaf weed control now have more flexibility in rotating crops and will also be able use these products in sweet corn. Sugar beets, sunflowers, potatoes and a variety of grains, forage crops, dry beans and peas will soon be added to the product labels.
Sweet corn will also be added to labels of Harness Xtra and Harness Xtra 5.6L, which contain atrazine, but the new rotational approvals will not apply to those products.
The U.S. EPA approved the changes after reviewing additional data for acetochlor, the active ingredient in Harness and Degree. As part of that review, these herbicides are no longer classified as restricted-use pesticides, which provide the opportunity for additional crop uses in the future. Until now, corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, wheat and tobacco had been the only approved rotational crops…