Monday, May 16, 2011

Corn Producer Finds Success with Reactivating Herbicide

Effective weed control is essential for every farmer’s operation, but herbicide reactivation is even more important for Rich Kiefer, Gridley, Ill., corn and soybean producer.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Effective weed control is essential for every farmer’s operation, but herbicide reactivation is even more important for Rich Kiefer, Gridley, Ill., corn and soybean producer.

Reactivation properties in Kiefer’s pre-emergence herbicide continually held weeds back with each half-inch rainfall until he was able to apply a post product. “You can definitely see reactivation in Balance Flexx. Two or three weeks after application, you would see little weeds and all of a sudden they were gone. When you got into V1 or even as high as V7 leaf stages on some fields, you wondered why you are using post spray applications.”

Kiefer says Balance® Flexx reactivation has been advantageous to his farm, given the weather he’s seen over the last few years. “The recharge is nice to have because there would be those years where you applied the product and got no rain. You planted, had emergence, and still had no rain. You would see some weeds come up and then you would get an inch of rain. A week later, the weeds disappeared.”

If you’re interested in developing a story on herbicide reactivation and would like to interview Rich Kiefer or a Bayer CropScience representative, contact: Paris Ivory, Bayer CropScience/Rhea + Kaiser, 630-955-6651, pivory@rkconnect.com. Visit the Balance Flexx webpage for more information on the pre-emergence corn herbicide.

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