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Deposit Bushels, Not Weed Seeds

February 8, 2022

At the end of the season, the only deposits you should make are bushels into the combine or ROI into your bank account – not seeds into the weed seed bank. Weeds can hurt your corn crop each season with stunted crop growth and lower yield potential. But if weeds have a chance to go to seed, they can create even more problems for you and your ROI potential for years to come.

Once tough weeds begin producing seeds, weather, machinery, livestock and wild animals spread the seeds around, causing additional hurdles and potential resistance issues for your crop to overcome in the future. And since these weed seed banks can multiply exponentially, this is a problem that can get out of control quickly and do serious damage to your bottom line.

Consider this:

  • Waterhemp can produce around 100,000 seeds per plant, and the seeds can survive in the soil for 7-10 years.
  • Palmar amaranth is capable of producing up to 500,000 seeds per plant and remains viable in the seed bank for up to 6 years.

According to The Ohio State University, the better your weed control using both herbicides and agronomic best practices is, the lower your weed seed banks. Conversely, when control slips and a few plants start going to seed, the impact can be substantial.

With stats like these, it’s critical that growers adopt a zero-tolerance policy towards weeds. That means starting the year off clean and keeping fields clean all the way through harvest. To do this, we recommend Acuron® herbicide. Watch our interactive video to see how Acuron compares to competitors in terms of farm fit, performance and ROI potential, then decide for yourself.

Acuron controls more than 70 tough, yield-robbing weeds that other products can miss, creating cleaner fields until crop canopy and beyond. In addition to reducing future weed seed bank problems, the longest-lasting residual in Acuron helps fully protect yield potential. When applied preemergence and at the full label rate, replicated Syngenta and university trials show Acuron outyields competitors by 5-15 bushels an acre.*

With Acuron in their fields, growers can avoid weed seed bank deposits and focus on protecting their ROI.

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*Acuron yield advantage range based on 2016 Syngenta and university replicated trials comparing Acuron to Corvus®, Resicore®, SureStart® II and Verdict® applied preemergence and at full labeled rates. For more information on Acuron versus an individual product, ask your Syngenta representative.

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