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Keep Corn Safe and Rows Clean

October 27, 2020
This agronomic image shows a corn leaf

2020 has shown us there is a lot you can’t predict, and one of those things is weather. Mother Nature is one factor that is always out of your control, but no matter the conditions, you should still know your crop will be safe from herbicide damage. As you wrap up harvest and prepare for next season, consider what it takes for your herbicide to deliver the most return on investment.

Your corn herbicide program should contain the following essentials to protect your yield potential:

In this series, we’ll explore all of these benefits more in-depth, but in this post, we’re focusing on the importance of choosing a herbicide with proven crop safety in all field conditions.

Keep Your Crops Safe and Your Rows Clean

Keeping your corn safe is just as important as keeping your rows clean. Some herbicides can cause crop injury early in the season if there is adverse weather, like cool or wet conditions at application.

Mark VanGessel, University of Delaware extension weed specialist, says it may take a while for the crop to overcome damage caused by a herbicide, which sets the crop back further and further.

It’s critical that growers use a corn herbicide that has been proven to deliver excellent preemergence and post-emergence crop safety even – or especially – in adverse weather conditions. Not all corn herbicides include a crop safener, and even if they do, particularly in the case of generics, it is unknown what safener is being used or at what rate.

Erin Burns, Ph.D., assistant professor and extension weed scientist at Michigan State University, says preemergence crop safeners are important because they boost metabolizing enzymes within the corn plant. This gives you another tool to ensure that corn emerges and survives herbicide application without injury or slowed growth.

Fortunately, there are flexible, crop-safe options that help corn withstand unpredictable weather and protect the crop from yield-robbing weeds.

This agronomic shows corn herbicide trial comparisons

Photos taken June 1, 2017; Dekalb, IL.

Acuron® corn herbicide provides excellent crop safety across a wide range of soil types, weather conditions and plant genetics.

  • Its crop safety enables application flexibility from 28 days preplant up to 12” corn.
  • Even in cool, wet conditions, Acuron is unlikely to injure your corn when used according to the label.
  • Acuron is a dependable, easy-to-use formulation that contains a proven crop safener, benoxacor, for improved crop safety.

The unique combination of proven crop safety, powerful weed control and longest-lasting residual means only Acuron can unlock corn’s full yield potential. When applied preemergence and at full label rates, Acuron lets you discover 5-15 more bushels an acre than with any other herbicide because it controls tough, yield-robbing weeds better.* And less weed competition translates into more nutrients, sunlight and water available for the growing corn crop, which leads to more bushels and, ultimately, extra revenue potential.

Calculate the extra revenue potential you could find next season with Acuron.

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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.