New soybean trait options mean more herbicide choices
As you decide which soybean trait platforms and varieties to plant next year, it’s important to understand how you can best protect your seed investment from troublesome weeds. With multiple options for herbicide-tolerant trait platforms on the market, knowing what crop protection options you can leverage on your platform of choice is critical for success.
Research by Stratus Ag shows that nearly 75% of growers nationwide are dealing with glyphosate-resistant weeds in their fields.1 To help with resistance, you need more herbicide choices to control resistant weeds on your farm. New trait platforms on the market today enable more herbicide options for weed control than ever before, giving you confidence in your crop protection plan.
“Growers should identify the weeds they struggle with on their farm and select a herbicide-tolerant trait platform that will be effective for their field,” said Kate Greif, BASF Product Manager. “Many of these platforms allow the use of multiple modes of action to provide greater flexibility in weed management plans and improved resistance management. Farmers can use these tools to combat resistant weeds today and can utilize multiple, effective sites of action to protect these technologies for future growing seasons.”
Knowing which herbicides you can apply on your soybeans and utilizing different chemistries in your crop protection plan can provide better weed control and help fight against resistance. For example, Liberty® herbicide has proven to provide superior control of tough weeds, including glyphosate-resistant broadleaves and grasses.2 Liberty has no known resistance in US broadacre crops and is flexible across many soybean trait platforms— it can be applied on LibertyLink® GT27™, LibertyLink and Enlist E3™ enabled soybean acres.
Selecting the right trait platform is the foundation to full season weed control. Once your seed and trait platform are selected, putting together a weed management plan with a balanced approach of cultural and mechanical practices, and a robust herbicide program with multiple effective modes of action, will help keep your fields clean all season long and delay development of herbicide resistance.
“Pairing an effective pre-emergent residual herbicide such as Zidua® PRO herbicide with an application of Liberty herbicide post-emergence will provide consistency and control all season long,” said Greif. “To provide extended protection from problem weeds and to carry your herbicide protection into canopy closer, a group 15 herbicide, such as Outlook® herbicide or Zidua SC herbicide, should be tankmixed with the Liberty herbicide application.”
Growers have trusted Liberty’s unique, patented formulation on millions of acres of corn, soybeans, cotton, and canola for almost a quarter century. With no known resistance to Liberty herbicide in US broadacre crops, you can have confidence and ease of mind when applying Liberty on the newest soybean trait platforms. For more information, talk with your local BASF representative or visit Agproducts.BASF.com.
1 Stratus Ag Research. Weed resistance tracking: glyphosate & PPO inhibitors. 2018.
2 Results based on five years of trials where Liberty herbicide is applied according to S.T.O.P. Weeds with Liberty herbicide guidelines and as part of a complete weed control program where an effective residual product is used followed by Liberty herbicide.
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