It’s the beginning of the year, when people want to start things off right. The same should be true for every new growing season. Talk with your customers about a spring burndown program. There are several reasons why a burndown might be the right start for their fields:
- Planting conditions. Clear up winter annuals and early emerging summer annuals for clean fields ahead of the planter.
- Timely planting. Purdue Extension advises that some “weeds, specifically chickweed, can create mats that slow soil drying and delay planting. Although these annuals may […be] nearing the end of their life cycle, a timely burndown application will speed up the desiccation processes for quicker soil drying and timely planting.”
- Herbicide resistance management. Use different modes of action than what will be used in-season to clear up resistant weeds and help avoid additional issues. Plus, selecting herbicides with residual should make post-emergent applications more effective due to smaller weed size at time of spraying.
For more good tips on selecting herbicides, application timing and proper sprayer set-up for contact herbicides, refer to these Extension articles from the University of Nebraska and Purdue University:
- “Considerations for Managing Herbicide-Resistant Weeds in Soybeans: Spring Burndown”
- “Spring Burndown Applications To Weeds And Cover Crops”