Monday, May 9, 2011

Seed Corn Producer Says Weed Control Efficacy, Crop Safety Most Important

Crop safety and weed control are top qualities Eric Arthur looks for when choosing a herbicide program for his and his father’s commercial seed corn operation.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Crop safety and weed control are top qualities Eric Arthur looks for when choosing a herbicide program for his and his father’s commercial seed corn operation.

Increased rates of acetochlors didn’t enhance weed control. So, this Mason City, Iowa producer looked to a pre-emergence herbicide program that would control weeds, yet keep corn safe. “We were using full rates plus sometimes to get control of early-season weeds, and it was just not happening,” Arthur says. “Even with full rates of some acetochlors with 1 lb of atrazine, we were still not getting the control that we would like. We think with Balance® Flexx we can get a little better control.”

Even on fields with lighter soils, Arthur says Balance Flexx pre-emergence corn herbicide proved to be safe and effective: “I used a full rate of 6 ounces on that farm and got excellent control. I came back in postemerge and sprayed the border of the field and that was it. Plus, there was no crop injury whatsoever.”

If you’re interested in developing a story on herbicide crop safety and would like to interview Eric Arthur 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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