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Early Season Weed Pressure Extreme This Year  

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Early Season Weed Pressure Extreme This Year  

Lindsey Hecht
Lindsey Hecht

Heavy rains this week will keep farmers out of their fields and will give weeds a chance to get a good head start. The key to controlling weeds this season will be getting an early start, but that is proving to be difficult as rain continues to delay fieldwork and planting. Lindsey Hecht, U.S. Product Manager, Soybean Herbicides with Dow AgroSciences, says a pre-plant and pre-emerge herbicide is your best option, “One of the advantages that gives us is that it opens up the window for post applications.”

 

She is recommending Sonic herbicide,  which gives growers a chance to keep weeds small while the crop is being planted, “The best time to control weeds is when they are small. Especially when we are facing a lot of weed pressure because of all the rain, the earlier we can treat them the better.” She added this year it will be important to keep weeds under control to maximize the yield potential of a soybean crop.

 

Hecht reminds growers, in laying out their weed control plan for 2015, to make sure they are using several different modes of action, “One of the things that is a benefit of a product like Sonic is that it has two different modes of action that are non-glyphosate modes of action.” She said the more modes of action a grower can have in his weed control plan the better off he will be.



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