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Vertical Tillage: A Valuable Tool for Managing Weeds

March 16, 2018

This agronomic image shows burndown followed by vertical tillage in soybeans.                  

Burndown followed by vertical tillage | Vertical tillage followed by burndown

Weed pressure 18 days after treatment (Pana, IL)

As difficult-to-control weeds continue to emerge year after year, you’re probably starting to think about all of the elements of a successful weed management program.

It’s important to choose a herbicide program with pre- and post-emergence applications, both containing multiple effective sites of action (SOAs). Beyond chemical weed management, there’s even more you can do to give your crops a fighting chance against weeds this season.

Utilizing a burndown application followed by vertical tillage can aid in reducing weed presence. Starting with a burndown application will kill some of the weeds in your field. It also provides the opportunity to add another site of action against weeds. Following your spring burndown application with vertical tillage can finish off any remaining weeds that might have survived the herbicide application.

Additionally, researchers found using a vertical tillage tool improved planting by creating a uniform warm and dry seedbed across the field.

Following these steps will help provide the best chance against fighting weeds this season:

  1. Start clean with a spring burndown application. Syngenta recommends applying Gramoxone® SL 2.0 herbicide for outstanding burndown control of annual grass and broadleaf weeds.
  2. Practice vertical tillage to manage lingering residues.
  3. Apply a pre-emergence herbicide containing multiple effective SOAs. Syngenta recommends using BroadAxe® XC or Boundary® 6.5 EC herbicides for long-lasting early-season weed management.
  4. Follow up with a post-emergence herbicide containing multiple effective SOAs before weeds reach 4” tall. Syngenta recommends using Flexstar® GT 3.5 for proven post-emergence protection.

For more tips on how to win the battle against resistant weeds, visit ResistanceFighter.com.

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