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Herbicide Choice Matters

March 14, 2019
Acuron corn herbicide applied in a split-shot application.

Turon, KS, 2018: Acuron corn herbicide applied in a split-shot application.

Cost is a major consideration when making input decisions, especially in today’s economy. But as the old saying about being too good to be true suggests, cheaper isn’t always cheaper in the grand scheme of the season. Saving money up front might not necessarily result in the best return on your investment at the end of the season.

Beyond price, there are a lot of things to consider when choosing your corn herbicide.

We devote $1.3 billion in research and development each year to ensure our customers receive the highest quality active ingredients and formulations, and so you can count on our herbicides for smooth operations, effective weed management and crop tolerance. A herbicide can contain the best active ingredients in the world, but if it’s not properly formulated, mixed with other components and tested, it can cause application issues, lose its effectiveness and/or possibly injure your crop.

A Cautionary Tale

Colten Katz, a Turon, KS retailer shares his story about two different customers, each with a unique scenario.

As you are finalizing your corn herbicide plans for 2019, remember this: a high-performing corn herbicide program gives your corn crop the best chance to maximize its yield potential while also preventing tough weeds from going to seed, saving you additional time and money in subsequent seasons.

A competitive herbicide program failed to control weeds even after 2 applications and a follow-up rescue application.

Turon, KS, 2018: A competitive herbicide program failed to control weeds even after 2 applications and a follow-up rescue application.

For corn, we recommend Acuron® herbicide, which combines 4 active ingredients (AIs), including the unique AI bicyclopyrone, and 3 effective sites of action (SOAs). The bicyclopyrone component of Acuron complements the other active ingredients and helps provide more consistent and reliable control of 70+ tough weeds. And, Acuron offers flexible application from 28 days preplant up to 12” corn.

The atrazine-free counterpart of Acuron, Acuron Flexi, has 3 active ingredients, 2 effective SOAs, and provides the same reliable safety and performance from 28 days preplant up to 30” corn. Acuron Flexi allows for the flexibility to add atrazine or glyphosate based on farming practice.

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