Chances are there are thieves lurking in still-unplanted fields, and they’re preparing to rob growers blind. The International Survey of Herbicide-Resistant Weeds has found 160 unique resistant weeds in the United States1. This includes 17 species of glyphosate-resistant weeds, which have been reported in 38 states.
Resistant weeds can be introduced in a previously resistance-free field through the movement of weed seeds from one field to another. Preventing the spread of resistance should be an important element of herbicide resistance management. That means it’s time to leave nothing to chance on the success of your 2019 planting season. Make sure growers use a preemergent herbicide with residual activity and take the would-be yield robbers out of the equation.
As every grower knows, some things are simply out of their control, but making sure their fields don’t start out with weeds is very much in their control. Why create an uphill climb to high yields when you can set the stage for a successful season and protect the nutrients and water for their plants?
So as the planting season gets closer and your to-do list gets longer, put “burndown with residual” at the top.
Using a preemergence herbicide program with multiple sites of action helps keep soybean fields clean until it’s time for the post-emergence application. Zidua® PRO herbicide provides fast and complete burndown as well as long-lasting, broad-spectrum residual control. The herbicide’s three sites of action work to provide overlapping weed protection and resistance management, providing residual control on even the toughest weeds, including Palmer amaranth and waterhemp. Making sure your growers choose a herbicide that has broad-spectrum control against broadleaf weeds and grasses is the key to combating resistant weeds early in the season.
For optimizing the results of crop protection applications, the “when” is almost as important as the “what.” With compressed planting windows, a herbicide with a zero-day planting interval, such as Zidua PRO herbicide, gives growers a great amount of planting flexibility at crucial planting times on most soils2.
A burndown herbicide with a long-lasting residual can set the stage for season-long weed control. Rapid-acting Verdict® herbicide provides corn growers with superior large-seeded broadleaf control for maximum yield protection. Verdict herbicide is effective as a preemergence application given its strong residual control and easy-to-handle formulation.
Now is the time to plan for season-long weed control and resistance management. Including preemergent herbicide applications at the top of the to-do list in the spring can help growers start the season with a strong foundation for clean fields from contact to canopy. For more information about the benefits of using Zidua PRO or Verdict herbicides with your growers’ preemergent herbicide crop protection plan this season, contact your local BASF representative.
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1 See the International Survey of Herbicide-Resistant Weeds website for more information on resistant weed species at http://www.weedscience.org/.
2 Medium to fine textured soils have a zero-day planting interval. Coarse soils require a 30-day planting interval.