A burndown now can mean a clean slate later

Jeff Ellis, Field Scientist, Dow AgroSciences

Jeff Ellis, Field Scientist
Dow AgroSciences

Help your customers take action this fall to start with a clean slate in spring. Tough weeds, such as marestail, can cause problems year-round, often necessitating a fall burndown application in soybean fields.

A burndown application can set no-till or reduced-till growers up for success when spring planting rolls around by eliminating weed pressure that causes issues at planting.

Scouting fields for weeds is the first step to determine if a fall burndown application is right for your customers. Should scouting uncover winter annual weeds, such as marestail, chickweed or henbit, a fall burndown application can help eliminate potential weed competition.

In Midwest fields, marestail is becoming an increasing problem as it can emerge in fall or early spring. Fall-emerged marestail becomes dormant over the winter and rapidly emerges in early spring, begins to flower in July, sets and disperses seed from August to October and then dies.1 This growth pattern coupled with its rapid seed production can cause serious issues for growers because marestail can significantly diminish yield when present at planting.

A fall application of a preemergence herbicide tank-mixed with 2,4-D or glyphosate can be an effective way to ensure fields will start clean in the spring. Sonic® and Surveil® herbicides from Dow AgroSciences are two preemergence options that offer residual control to keep fields cleaner longer.

Pending registration from the U.S. Environment Protection Agency, Elevore herbicide will give growers a chance to elevate their burndown applications. Elevore will provide thorough control of labeled broadleaf weeds, including ALS- and glyphosate-resistant species, plus marestail up to 8 inches tall. Elevore has an anticipated registration of 2017.

Set your customers up for success this season. For more information on fall burndown applications, visit BattleWeeds.com.

1Michigan State University Weed Science website. 2016. Horseweed (Marestail) (Conyza canadensis (L.) Cronq.). http://www.msuweeds.com/worst-weeds/marestail/

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