Seed and herbicide companies continue to introduce new products to help farmers fight the ongoing battle with herbicide-resistant weeds. And with several new products recently approved for use this growing season, Kevin Bradley, Ph.D., associate professor of plant sciences at the University of Missouri, says “stewardship” is the theme for 2017.
Now more than ever before, reading the label and following its restrictions is critical.
Herbicides remain critical to controlling weeds and protecting yield, so it’s important to manage herbicides to ensure they remain as effective as possible.
Weather is an important factor to consider when making herbicide applications. Too little moisture means that herbicides won’t activate properly. Too much rain means you can’t get a sprayer out in the field.
With a variety of new seed-tolerance traits coming to the market and recent approvals for over-the-top application, it’s no surprise that dicamba is the talk of the (herbicide) town right now.
Herbicide resistant weeds are nothing new, but rather represent an evolving challenge for farmers and the soybean industry.
While no one can predict the future with complete certainty, farmers must look to the future to attempt to determine what the next growing season holds. There are many decisions to consider, from seed selection, equipment and land decisions, fertilizer application timing, and now fungicide application management.
Of the many variables involved in row crop production, few impact a farmer’s bottom line more than two that reign supreme in unpredictability: weather and markets. And while good signs are pointing to future market conditions, seasonal weather changes are upon us and winter has arrived.