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A Strong Herbicide Program Gives Crops a Fighting Chance

December 6, 2019
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Thanks to 2019’s soggy growing conditions and late harvests, we are in for a weed-heavy next season. Many herbicide applications were delayed, and in some cases didn’t happen at all, so we should expect a larger weed seed bank moving into 2020. A strong herbicide program is needed to manage weeds and give crops their best chance to achieve high yields, and dicamba herbicides can be important components.

For Better Control, Choose Herbicides with Staying Power

Growers should be prepared for stronger-than-normal weed pressure next year. That means that an effective spring burndown, potentially coupled with tillage, will be important to get fields off to a clean start and avoid early-season weed competition.

To keep fields in good shape, growers should apply 2-pass applications at full rates. When evaluating types of herbicides, it’s important to choose ones with broad-spectrum control and residual activity. Putting the right herbicide program down will help growers maintain weeds and avoid spending more money later in the season to clean up escapes.

Read more about how dicamba herbicides can help keep soybean and cotton fields clean.

Make An Addition to Your Weed Resistance Toolkit

With your focus on keeping fields clean, weed resistance management may not seem like the priority. But it should be top of mind to ensure we’re making decisions that are sustainable for the future.

The key principle of weed resistance management is to use multiple, effective sites of action. This means you can’t rely on herbicides or crop rotation alone. Weed scientists recommend at least 2.5 sites of action, and dicamba herbicides can be nice options to diversify herbicide programs.

Read more about how herbicides with multiple effective sites of action can help growers tackle herbicide-resistant weeds.

Do the Math When Comparing Herbicides

Weed management is certainly a lot of work, but the right program can pay dividends at the end of the season. In addition to keeping weeds under control, some herbicide programs can also increase yields.

As you evaluate herbicides, look for the ones that add up, both through weed control and yield potential. There’s a lot of data to show the differences certain herbicides have on yield.

Learn more about how dicamba herbicides can influence yields.

Our Dicamba Herbicide Option for 2020

From a weed standpoint, next year may be tough. Fortunately, growers now have a proven tool: Tavium® Plus VaporGrip® Technology herbicide, the market’s first and only premix residual dicamba herbicide.

Through the contact control of dicamba, Tavium controls the weeds you see, and through the residual control of S-metolachlor, it protects crops from the weeds you don’t.

Tavium contains 2 effective sites of action to manage key ALS-, PPO- and glyphosate-resistant weeds. And university studies show that when used as part of a program with a strong preemergent herbicide, Tavium-treated soybeans yield up to 1.9 bu/A more than those treated with XtendiMax® With VaporGrip Technology.[1]

Learn more about stewardship and training requirements for Tavium.

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[1] 2017 university trials: IA, IL, KS, TN, WI, MS, MO, KY, OH, IN, NE, DE. BroadAxe® XC 20 –25 fl oz/A fb Tavium 3.53 pt/A + Roundup PowerMAX® 28.5 fl oz/A vs. Valor® XLT 3.5 fl oz/A fb XtendiMax 22 fl oz/A + Roundup PowerMAX 28.5 fl oz/A.