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Dicamba Herbicides: A Valuable Tool for Growers This Season

February 12, 2021
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Last year saw much conversation and reporting about the use of dicamba, culminating in the extended registration by the EPA of Tavium® Plus VaporGrip® Technology herbicide, the first and only dicamba herbicide premix for dicamba-tolerant soybeans and cotton. This season, you may have lingering questions about how to use and apply your dicamba herbicide as part of an integrated weed management plan.

Dicamba remains a valuable tool for growers in 2021. As always, a strong herbicide program with multiple effective sites of action and overlapping residuals is needed to manage the toughest weeds, reduce competition and give crops a chance to achieve their full genetic yield potential.

Answering Your Application Requirements Questions

It’s important to know and understand the requirements for applying a dicamba herbicide and to be a good steward. As with other herbicides, read your label carefully for information such as the product’s use rate and prescribed procedures for cleaning your spraying equipment.

There are also weather and time of day restrictions to follow. For instance, Tavium may only be applied when winds are between 3 – 10 mph, and when rainfall that could exceed soil field capacity and result in soil runoff is NOT expected in the next 48 hours.

Remember that applicators must visit http://www.epa.gov/espp/ to determine if there are any additional restrictions on Tavium use within the area to be sprayed.

Read more about the application and stewardship information you should know.

How Tavium Can Help Fight Herbicide Resistance

The spread of herbicide resistance is a major challenge for growers today, and new technologies are necessary to help delay its onset. Growers should continue to apply herbicides with multiple effective sites of action in a full-season program.

Tavium contains 2 effective sites of action, combining the contact control of dicamba with the residual of S-metolachlor in 1 premix. When used in a 2-pass program, Tavium helps protect against weeds and the development of resistance in fields.

Read more about including Tavium in a full-season resistance management plan.

Why You Should Apply Broad-Spectrum Residual Herbicides

When evaluating types of herbicides, it’s important to choose products with broad-spectrum control and residual activity. Using the right herbicide program will help you stay on top of weeds and avoid spending more money later in the season to clean up escapes.

With the added residual control of S-metolachlor, Tavium provides up to 3 weeks longer residual control of tough weeds than dicamba alone.

Read more about the benefits of choosing herbicides with extended residual this season.

Where Can You Learn More?

For more application requirements, visit our Application & Stewardship page and our Tank-Mix Partners page. Your local Syngenta representative or retailer will also be able to help answer questions as you plan your herbicide programs for the 2021 growing season.

Tavium can be used preplant, at planting and early post-emergence on dicamba-tolerant soybeans and cotton. A combination of the contact control of dicamba and the residual control of S-metolachlor, Tavium is a convenient premix that manages key ALS-, PPO- and glyphosate-resistant broadleaf and grass weeds.

For an effective full-season herbicide program, use Tavium early post-emergence following Boundary® 6.5 EC, BroadAxe® XC or Prefix® herbicides in dicamba-tolerant soybeans, and Caparol® 4L or Reflex® herbicides in dicamba-tolerant cotton. When used in a preemergence application, Tavium can be followed by Sequence®, Flexstar® GT 3.5 or Prefix herbicides in soybeans.

When you choose your 2021 herbicide program, consider Tavium as your dicamba option.

Explore the entire Syngenta soybean residual herbicide portfolio with our new soybean herbicide program planning tool, which will let you select your seed trait and then view your burndown, preemergence and post-emergence weed management options.

Visit SyngentaUS.com/Tavium or talk to your local Syngenta retailer or sales representative to learn more.

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