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  • FALL HERBICIDE APPLICATION MATTERS
    Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Fall Burndown

    A diversified weed control program, with multiple modes of action, can help you limit weeds all season long. Fall is an excellent time to evaluate your herbicide’s performance and implement a fall burndown program to keep winter annuals from emerging in the spring.

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    FALL HERBICIDE APPLICATION MATTERS
    Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Fall Burndown

    A diversified weed control program, with multiple modes of action, can help you limit weeds all season long. Fall is an excellent time to evaluate your herbicide’s performance and implement a fall burndown program to keep winter annuals from emerging in the spring.

    “When harvest winds down, it’s natural for growers to start thinking about the next growing season. One of the first and best things to do is get a jump on weeds with fall applications,” explains Gail Stratman, FMC Midwest technical support. “Early in the season, many of our most troublesome weeds are winter annuals that germinate in the fall and establish prior to ground freeze-up and winter.”

    Here are four tips to help you enhance your fall burndown strategy:

    1. Scout Early

      Weed escapes in corn and soybean fields provide valuable insights for adjusting next season’s management strategies. Start scouting for problematic weeds during preharvest or in the combine.

    2. Know Your Fall Weeds

      Fall is the best time to control many tough weeds including dandelions, marestail, prickly lettuce, biennial thistles and field pennycress since they carry nutrients to the root zone before dormancy.

    3. Control Growth & Reduce Pressure

      Apply a fall burndown like Aim® EC herbicide to reduce broadleaf growth and control seed production from late-developing weeds. This helps lessen weed pressure for the next season.

    4. Get a Head Start on Spring With a Residual

      Applying a residual like Authority® MTZ DF herbicide during fall burndown can help you stay ahead of the curve when managing spring broadleaf weeds such as marestail, giant ragweed, Palmer amaranth and waterhemp. Authority MTZ DF herbicide combines multiple modes of action for broad-spectrum control in soybeans and gives you the choice to plant corn or soybeans in the spring.The ideal application time is after harvest when soil temps are 55 degrees F or less. The lower temperatures help extend the life of the product and can help control reach further into spring.

      “Each year, we are burdened with attempting to control large marestail plants close to planting time with limited options and sometimes less than optimal environmental conditions for herbicide performance. Fall burndown plus a residual will result in more manageable weed height and density when spring applications occur,” says Nick Hustedde, FMC technical service representative.

    It’s important to note, a fall herbicide application is just one part of good weed management. Your overall plan should include herbicides that attack weeds in multiple ways throughout the year to truly maximize yields.

    For expert advice developing an effective 12-month plan that utilizes the right mix of products for your farm, talk with your FMC Star Retailer.

  • THE VALUE OF A TWO-PASS HERBICIDE PLAN
    Starting Clean and Staying Clean Yields Results

    When it comes to combating weeds, it can be difficult to stay on top of the latest seed trait technologies and recommendations. However, there are times when traditional advice still rings true. Using a two-pass approach and overlapping residuals helps fields start clean and stay clean all season long.

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    THE VALUE OF A TWO-PASS HERBICIDE PLAN
    Starting Clean and Staying Clean Yields Results

    When it comes to combating weeds, it can be difficult to stay on top of the latest seed trait technologies and recommendations. However, there are times when traditional advice still rings true. Using a two-pass approach and overlapping residuals helps fields start clean and stay clean all season long.

    “The research has been very clear that the longer weeds and crops coexist, the greater, ultimately, the yield penalty will be at the end of the growing season,” said Dr. Aaron Hager, University of Illinois weed scientist. “Allowing a crop to become established without any competing or interfering weed species is certainly the preferred way to get the crop off to a very good start.”

    Start Clean

    The toughest weed to control is the one that comes out of the ground. Starting clean in the spring begins with a fall-applied residual herbicide so fields stay weed free during the winter months, reducing the chance for weed competition. For maximum yields, follow planting with a pre-emergence residual herbicide to extend weed control.

    Authority® MTZ DF herbicide is a great choice for fall application because it works well for burndown of ALS- and glyphosate-resistant weed biotypes and provides residual control of small seeded broadleaves, marestail, giant ragweed, sunflowers and cocklebur throughout the winter months. Authority MTZ DF herbicide provides flexibility for farmers to plant either corn or soybeans in the next growing season and works well for those who utilize no till or a reduced tillage program.

    Follow with Authority® Elite residual herbicide for your pre-emergence pass in spring. Authority Elite herbicide extends suppression of waterhemp and grasses because it combines sulfentrazone and s-metolachlor for two effective modes of action. Use it alone or tank mix with another herbicide for a clean start to the growing season.

    Stay Clean

    Stay on top of glyphosate-resistant weeds and grasses by applying a post-emergence herbicide when weeds are shorter than four inches. Once waterhemp – 1.2 inches of growth per day – and Palmer amaranth – 1.7 inches of growth per day – reach 4 inches or taller, effective control options are limited.

    Anthem® MAXX herbicide is an excellent post-emergence product to use with Authority brand herbicides because it offers different modes of action with overlapping residuals for ultimate control. This pairing gives you the upper hand in combatting waterhemp and Palmer amaranth all season long.

    Scout for Answers

    Regular scouting is critical for evaluating herbicide performance. Are weed escapes the result of incorrect herbicide application timing, environmental conditions, weed resistance or weed emergence after application? Getting in your fields consistently throughout the season is the best way to find answers and adjust your strategy for the next season.

    For expert advice on selecting the right mix of herbicides for your “start clean, stay clean” strategy, talk with your FMC Star Retailer.

  • EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR WEED MANAGEMENT
    Steps to Preserve Herbicide Technology

    With herbicide-resistant weeds appearing on an estimated 70 million acres of U.S. farmland, new management strategies need to be implemented to protect crops. Today, simply applying a post-emergence herbicide with residual control isn’t enough. Using herbicides with multiple modes of action from different chemistry groups and overlapping residuals maximizes yields, while preserving herbicide technology.

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    EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR WEED MANAGEMENT
    Steps to Preserve Herbicide Technology

    With herbicide-resistant weeds appearing on an estimated 70 million acres of U.S. farmland, new management strategies need to be implemented to protect crops. Today, simply applying a post-emergence herbicide with residual control isn’t enough. Using herbicides with multiple modes of action from different chemistry groups and overlapping residuals maximizes yields, while preserving herbicide technology.

    Let’s look at a plan for tackling weeds and why it works, along with the importance of herbicide stewardship.

    The Plan

    When it comes to tackling broadleaf weeds like Palmer amaranth, waterhemp, kochia and morningglories, we recommend starting with a strong pre-emergence herbicide like Authority® Elite herbicide or Authority® First DF herbicide then 14-21 days later, follow-up with an overlapping residual post herbicide like Anthem® MAXX herbicide.

    Why it Works

    Authority brand herbicides and Anthem MAXX herbicide are part of Groups 14 and 15. Group 14 or PPO herbicides work by reacting with light and oxygen to form highly reactive molecules that break down weed cell membranes. Group 15 herbicides inhibit the production of long chain fatty acids and prevent seedlings from developing in weeds. The different modes of action attack troublesome weeds in different areas for greater effectiveness.

    As residual herbicides, they also offer important benefits because they:

    • Can be tank mixed with burndown and post-emergence herbicides to provide extended windows for weed control
    • Limit weed competition during the critical weed-free period
    • Allow timely, in-season, post-emergence herbicide applications by reducing overall weed population density and size
    • Ensure against weather events such as wind and rain that keep tractors out of the field for extended periods of time
    • Reduce the selection pressure

    Herbicide Stewardship

    Glyphosate resistance is a big deal, but it is not the only resistance issue. ALS, HPPD, triazine, PPO and auxin classes of herbicides are also experiencing increased levels of resistance due to repetitive use and lack of diversity in weed management.

    “Current soybean herbicide traits allow use of herbicides that do not provide residual weed control, which puts intense selection pressure on these valuable tools when they are used alone, due to the need to repeat applications,” said Chris Leon, FMC technical service representative. “Anthem and Authority brand herbicides are vital components for preserving current herbicide technologies.”

    According to the Weed Science Society of America, if farmers were forced to eliminate herbicides and other control techniques from their weed management toolbox, about half of both corn and soybeans would be lost to weeds and would cost growers about $43 billion annually.

    Protect your profitability and herbicide technology by refining your weed management strategy using best practices. Contact your FMC Star Retailer for more information.

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