New soybean herbicide, seed protection

Soybean growers are showing more interest in residual herbicides in order to get a jump on weed control going into spring. “It’s a trend we’ve seen for several years,” says Gary Schaefer, senior manager, row crops for Valent USA. “Weather is a key factor.

New soybean herbicide, seed protection

Soybean growers are showing more interest in residual herbicides in order to get a jump on weed control going into spring. “It’s a trend we’ve seen for several years,” says Gary Schaefer, senior manager, row crops for Valent USA. “Weather is a key factor.

“We are seeing a lot of residual herbicide applications in areas like Missouri and southeast Nebraska due to pressure from marestail,” he continues.

At the 2014 Farm Progress Show, Schaefer announced that Valent has introduced Fierce XLT soybean preemergence herbicide, which offers up to eight weeks of residual control, giving growers more time to apply a postherbicide application. It’s being positioned as a product you would put down in late winter or early spring before planting.

Key Points

• A new soybean herbicide offers residual control for up to eight weeks.

• It’s the longest-lasting preemerge herbicide on the market.

• Fierce XLT is the newest seed protection fungicide in 30 years.

Fierce XLT offers broad-spectrum control of weeds and annual grasses, including large- and small-seeded broadleaves, as well as common and giant ragweed, says Schaefer. It can be applied as a fall burndown, early preplant as a burndown, or up to three days after planting. “One of the real benefits is marestail control,” says Schaefer.

“It’s the longest-lasting preemerge herbicide on the market, and features three unique modes of action that offer control for six to eight weeks. Regardless of seed traits or tillage types, this herbicide works and is an important tool for growers facing tough weeds like Palmer amaranth and waterhemp.”

According to Schaefer, Fierce XLT is a granular product that goes into suspension easily. Suggested rate will be 4 ounces per acre.

“Fierce XLT is the latest addition to a broad portfolio of herbicide solutions from Valent that delivers on soybean growers’ specific needs across geographies in the U.S.,” he says.

Fierce XLT is federally registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, with anticipated availability for the 2015 growing season.

Breakthrough seed treatment

Nearly 100% of corn seed and 70% of soybean seed is treated these days with a fungicide or insecticide. “Growers recognize the benefits and continue to adopt the technology,” says Trey Soud, Valent seed protection business manager. “They recognize there is a lot going on belowground as well as above.”

At the Farm Progress Show, Soud talked about Valent’s new Intego Suite System that offers protection against pythium and phytophthora. “The chemistry growers have been using for pythium and phytophthora the past 35 years is outdated,” says Soud. “Intego Suite is the first new, novel seed protection chemistry registered in 30 years by the EPA for protection against those yield-robbing diseases.”

Soud says many different species of pythium are in the U.S. The Intego Suite System contains dual modes of action that create a complete zone of protection around the seedling, above and below-
ground, to protect against a wider spectrum of pythium and phytophthora species.

According to Soud, independent university and contract research field trials show the Intego Suite System is proven to deliver a yield increase of 1.5 bushels per acre in soybeans above the standard. It also delivers broad-spectrum insect protection.

This article published in the December, 2014 edition of WESTERN FARMER-STOCKMAN.

All rights reserved. Copyright Farm Progress Cos. 2014.

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