Optimizing Corn Hybrid Performance with Fastand
The most important decision a corn grower makes is their choice of hybrid. The decision is based on the agronomic information provided by the seed company, Helena Future Plot yield data, Helena Seed Specialists, and the recommendation of a Helena representative. Most hybrids have the genetic potential to make way more bushels per acre than the normal state averages. In today’s economic climate, it is essential that every grower be able to maximize their seed investment and to push the yield potential from each and every bag of seed.
Once the choice of hybrid has been made, it is essential that a grower make agronomic decisions that will maximize the yield potential. After prepping a field for planting by fertilization and pre-plant weed control, it is time to plant. The goal is to ensure that every seed planted will be evenly spaced and we achieve 100% uniform emergence.
Singulation is the term used to measure the efficiency in achieving a uniform stand without skips or multiples. Percent singulation is calculated by adding the percent skips and percent multiples. Research has shown that corn yields drop 4 bushels per acre for every 1% skips and 1.5 bushels per acre for every 1% multiples. Fastand from Helena is the product of choice to maximize singulation for a good start this season.
Fastand is a novel corn hopper box treatment that combines a low-rate fluency agent with a high-performing SAR (systemic acquired resistance) Technology. In research trials conducted in 2016 and 2017, Fastand improved plant stand count by 3% over a standard fluency agent. Fastand can be used effectively with any planter system to improve seed flowability and singulation.
In addition to the fluency agent, Fastand contains Harpinαβ protein which activates the systemic acquired resistance within the corn plant. When the Harpinαβ protein is applied to the seed, it binds with protein receptors on the seed. The receptors respond to the protein as if it was a pathogen triggering the corn plant’s growth and stress defense mechanisms. The receptors amplify a signal within each corn plant that activate metabolic pathways that increase nutrient uptake, photosynthesis, and pest resistance which leads to increased corn yield and quality. Since its commercial introduction in the early 2000s, the addition of Harpin proteins into a corn production system have consistently added 6-9 bu/ac over standard practices.
The best way to optimize the ROI of your corn hybrid investment is to apply Fastand to your hopper box. One scoop (0.38 oz) per bag will provide a uniform stand, improve seedling vigor, and stimulate early-season root and stalk growth. Each of these benefits together offer you the best opportunity to optimize your corn yield and improve your ROI. Contact your local Helena representative or authorized for more information on Fastand.
- Michael M. Kenty, Ph.D., Product Specialist