The 2017 season marks a big year for agriculture. Growers across the U.S. are now applying new dicamba products like Engenia® herbicide over dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybean crops for the first time.
Engenia herbicide is the most flexible and advanced dicamba for these dicamba-tolerant cropping systems. Using Engenia herbicide can help bring additional efficacy to weed control programs, but in order to get started, growers need a plan for application.
“Growers need a good understanding of how to properly use Engenia herbicide to serve as the foundation of their application,” says Chad Asmus, Technical Market Manager, BASF. “That starts with reading and understanding the product label.”
The label and its online extensions explain the application requirements for Engenia herbicide, including key information about sensitive areas, buffer zones and tank-mixes. Proper and effective applications are contingent on following these details.
Sensitive areas adjacent to dicamba-tolerant fields may require a 110-foot downwind buffer as specified by the label. Be knowledgeable about any additional state restrictions that may apply, and do not make any applications of Engenia herbicide if neighboring specialty crops exist downwind. Online sensitive crop registries like FieldWatch provide instant access to mapping tools and helpful information.
Mapping out the field is just one piece of the puzzle. Growers need to plan what products to include in their sprayer tank. Growers value flexibility in their herbicide programs which allows for a variety of choices in sites-of-action and herbicide brands. Engenia herbicide can be mixed with products approved by the EPA and identified on www.engeniatankmix.com. More than 200 tank-mix partners are currently approved, including 16 glyphosate brands. There are also many drift reduction agents (DRAs), adjuvants, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, plant growth regulators (PGRs) and nutritionals approved and more continue to be added regularly. With the inclusion of other herbicides, growers have the flexibility they need to manage weed resistance with multiple, effective sites of action in one pass.
BASF will continue to offer growers several approved herbicide tank-mixture options, including glyphosates. It is important that growers have the flexibility to choose the glyphosate brand they prefer to use for their operation.
Whether growers are undecided about their Engenia herbicide application this season or evaluating the technology for next, it is important to understand the planning process. Growers looking for additional education can attend an On Target Application Academy (OTAA), BASF’s training program for proper and effective application. A digital OTAA module, accessible anytime from any device, is available at www.growsmartuniversity.com under the “Herbicides” tab.
Always read and follow label directions.
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