Fast, effective burndown gets growers planting

MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 26, 2011 /CNW/ - An unusually wet spring has left Ontario soybean growers with a shortened planting window and significant weed control concerns. The high moisture content in the soil has created a breeding ground for tough-to-control weeds, some as far along as the six-leaf stage.

A typical burndown using glyphosate alone can take over a week to take effect. With only days remaining in this year's planting season, a burndown with ERAGON delivers faster results and allows growers to get seed in the ground for increased yield potential.

Rob Miller is a field biologist with BASF Canada Inc. He's heard from growers in Middlesex County who are waiting for the weather and soil conditions to improve.

"With this wet weather, the weeds are getting larger," he says. "If the field is weedy, a grower may have a difficult time getting in with the planter."

Miller says an effective strategy for tough-to-control weeds involves using a tank mixture of glyphosate with ERAGON. This provides a faster, more complete burndown than glyphosate alone while giving the added benefit of resistance management for glyphosate tolerant weeds.

"Glyphosate alone won't be enough to tackle some of these weeds, but using ERAGON as a tank mix partner allows the beans to be planted into bare soil. As a result, the beans get off to a better start since they are not competing with green tissue."

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