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Why You Should Read Herbicide Labels: Part 2

April 18, 2020
This agronomic image shows a clean row from Acuron herbicide

Urbana, OH, 2017: A preemergence application of Acuron® corn herbicide at the full labeled rate plus atrazine after 88 days.

Given last year’s challenging conditions and the resulting increase in weed pressures we expect this season, it’s vital to read and follow herbicide labels and use full application rates in 2020.

Before you apply your herbicide(s), double-check the label for the application rate information. Some herbicides, like Acuron corn herbicide, have variable rates depending on the soil organic matter, which can vary across a single farm. It’s important to check the rate(s) before application and make sure each area of your farm receives the full labeled rate.

It can be tempting to save money by cutting rates, but doing so undermines the effectiveness of the herbicide(s) and opens the door to more weed escapes and resistance issues, which can negate any intended cost savings.

In short, it’s more cost-effective and efficient to know your herbicide labels and apply each product at the full labeled rate. Learn more about the importance of herbicide labels by reading Why You Should Read Herbicide Labels: Pt. 1, or check out our list of 4 herbicide best practices to increase your efficiency this season.

For corn, we recommend Acuron corn herbicide. Acuron protects corn from tough, yield-robbing weeds and outyields any other herbicide with its combination of 4 active ingredients, including the unique component bicyclopyrone, and 3 effective sites of action. When used in a preemergence application at full label rates, Acuron helps you find 5-15 more bushels an acre.*

Calculate how much more potential revenue you could earn with an extra 5-15 bushels.

Acuron Yield Advantage chart

This chart compares herbicide applications

For dicamba-tolerant soybeans, we recommend Tavium® Plus VaporGrip® Technology herbicide, the market’s first premix residual dicamba herbicide. Tavium has multiple effective sites of action that work against a broad spectrum of broadleaf and grass weeds, and contains built-in residual control to maintain clean fields throughout the season. Tavium is best used as an early post-emergent herbicide and can follow Boundary® 6.5 ECBroadAxe® XC or Prefix® herbicides in soybeans – along with others. Tavium controls 21 different weeds when applied preemergence and 63 weeds as a post-emergent herbicide.

Learn more about stewardship and training requirements for Tavium.

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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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