No matter how carefully farmers plan their herbicide applications, it seems Mother Nature manages to create obstacles. Although it can be tough to overcome the weather, retailers can help farmers by reminding them to try to take advantage of herbicide application opportunities before weeds get too big.
Every herbicide label offers directions on when to make applications for best results. Paying attention to weed size will enhance weed control.
For customers planting Enlist E3™ soybeans or Enlist™ corn, applications will deliver optimum weed control when farmers spray weeds before they get larger than 6 inches and when weeds are actively growing.
Walking fields, finding weeds
Scouting fields regularly can help growers pinpoint the best time to spray. Retailers can help their customers hit the target by reminding them to scout or actively walking fields with them.
Making the application when weeds are more vulnerable leads to greater success and cleaner fields. Farmers who are using Enlist™ herbicides are seeing this on their acres.
“Four inches is the tallest I ever want to see any weed,” says Grant Strom, an Illinois farmer who grows Enlist E3 soybeans. He applies Enlist One® herbicide before activity can wear off from his residual application and allow weeds to start growing again. By hitting weeds where and when it hurts, he’s keeping his soybean fields much cleaner.
Ohio farmer Kevin Miller echoes the principles of keeping weeds under control early. He started his weed control program in 2018 with a burndown using 2,4-D plus a residual product featuring three modes of action. Before the residual activity waned, Miller followed with a tank mix featuring Enlist One herbicide. He says he then can monitor the crop and, if necessary, come back with a second postemergence application featuring glufosinate.
Stay on top of weeds
“Don’t wait until weeds are taking over the field to make your first postemergence application,” suggests Shawna Hubbard, Trait Herbicides Product Manager for Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. “For really tough weed pressure early in the postemergence window, consider tank-mixing a residual with a postemergence herbicide such as Enlist One and Enlist Duo for longer-lasting control to get you to canopy.”
Learn more about postemergence applications of Enlist One and Enlist Duo® herbicides by talking to a Corteva Agriscience territory manager, by going to Enlist.com or by using Enlist Ahead resources. Also check out the YouTube channel or Twitter at @EnlistOnline.