BASF: Strategies to managing resistant weeds
At the event, speakers highlighted the importance of utilizing multiple sites of action as a top best practice to manage existing resistant weed populations and reduce the likelihood of resistance development.
“I often tell our growers to think back to 2003, 2004. Those were the good old days for weed control. It is never going to be that simple again,” said Steckel. “We’ve lost glyphosate on a lot of these key weeds, so we need to use an integrated approach that includes cultural and chemical strategies – like using different herbicide sites of actions.”
Westberg noted that using multiple sites of action in a growing season is just one piece of the puzzle to complete weed management. Scouting, proper planning, and cultural and mechanical strategies should also be considered. In addition, on-target herbicide applications enhance the efficacy of herbicide applications.
To help educate growers on proper application technique, BASF is partnering with Wolf Consulting & Research to launch the On Target Application Academy, a one-of-a-kind, hands-on series of education training programs for growers. The On Target Application Academy is an opportunity for growers to learn herbicide application best practices that help mitigate spray drift and achieve the most effective weed control possible with today’s emerging product and equipment innovations.
“Herbicide applications require a lot of attention to detail,” said Wolf. “I’m proud to partner with BASF to give growers the knowledge and tools that will help them be the best stewards of their herbicides and fields that they can be.“
Partner in weed resistance management
BASF is a grower’s number one partner for managing weed resistance by providing more corn and soybean herbicide sites of action than any other crop protection company.
The launches of OpTill PRO herbicide and Armezon herbicide, as well as the advancement of Engenia herbicide and Zidua herbicide, demonstrate the commitment of BASF to provide growers with new chemistries and products to maximize their yield potential and proactively manage resistant weeds.
The BASF portfolio of herbicide products offers growers a variety of innovative solutions to address weed control challenges. These products include:
• OpTill PRO herbicide – a premium residual option (PRO) herbicide for use in soybean to battle grasses and broadleaf weeds, particularly glyphosate-resistant waterhemp and Palmer amaranth. OpTill PRO combines OpTill herbicide, powered by Kixor herbicide technology, with the same active ingredient as Outlook herbicide. Three sites of action provide growers with enhanced burndown and residual control of grasses and broadleaf weeds, such as glyphosate-resistant waterhemp, which emerges throughout the season.