1/22/2020

A weed-free field leads to higher yield potential at harvest

Winter is a time for reflection as one growing season ends and you start planning for another to begin. If you found yourself chasing weeds last year, now is the time to consider adjustments to next season’s weed control program.

If weeds are left to grow with, or ahead of, corn at the beginning of the season, yield potential is already decreasing. Research from Iowa State University has shown that the most competitive weeds in corn are about 3 to 4 inches tall at the V3 to V4 corn growth stage, and these weeds can reduce yield by about 3 bu./A for every day they are left uncontrolled. From planting until canopy closure, it’s critical to keep fields weed-free so corn can grow without being robbed of sunlight, water and nutrients.

Across the Corn Belt, grass and broadleaf weed control continues to be a high priority. Many weeds, including waterhemp, giant ragweed, foxtail, Palmer amaranth and velvetleaf, continue to spread and develop resistance to multiple herbicides. To combat resistant weeds in cornfields, Corteva Agriscience offers multiple residual herbicide solutions with versatility and multiple modes of action to control weeds several ways.

SureStart® II and Resicore® herbicides can be used together in a program approach or separately to meet your agronomic needs. SureStart II is a proven performer applied preemergence or at planting, and SureStart II can be followed by Resicore early postemergence. This program approach provides four modes of action to control weeds in corn, including herbicide-resistant species. Plus, you can add atrazine and glyphosate to the program for six unique modes of action.

As winter melts into spring, remember: A residual herbicide with multiple modes of action can give corn a clean start against your worst weeds next season. Contact your retailer to plan a weed control program for the new year.

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