Alexie Garner and Cole Tebbe, retail product agronomists for Brevant® seeds, can agree: The 2023 growing season was a challenge, especially when it comes to corn and soybean weed control.
“This growing season was one with little forgiveness,” says Alexie Garner, who works with farmers in western Indiana. “Drought conditions in early summer severely impacted our key spraying window. And when growers were able to spray, the dry weather reduced important chemical activation — so several growers saw breakthrough weeds, even after postemergence passes.”
Garner notes that broadleaf weeds were especially difficult to manage in her region this year. “Sporadic rains caused uneven weed growth patterns and several phases of rapid growth, making it hard for the chemistry to keep up and provide effective weed control. Between the burcucumber and waterhemp, finding a clean field was difficult,” she says.
Tebbe, who works with growers in the neighboring state of Ohio, says giant and common ragweed, marestail, Palmer amaranth and late-season grasses all posed a challenge in his area.
While many growers struggled with weed control this year, these challenges present an opportunity to better prepare for the 2024 growing season. Here are some of Garner and Tebbe’s key weed control insights from this past year:
Reach out to your local Corteva Agriscience representative or visit Corteva.us to learn more about products and solutions available to help your customers have a successful 2024 growing season.
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