Preemergence Herbicides from FMC Boost Early Season Plant Health in Corn and Soybeans and Help Optimize Yields for 2010

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As planting season approaches, applying a preemergence herbicide gives corn and soybean growers the opportunity to produce higher yields and stronger crops in 2010. Without early season weed competition for light, nutrients and space, plants have less pressure and improved yield potential.

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“The primary reason for using a preemergence herbicide is to save moisture and nutrients in your crops. Overall, evaporation and weeds cause significant moisture loss, which is the most critical piece in terms of yield loss and overall profits."

As planting season approaches, applying a preemergence herbicide gives corn and soybean growers the opportunity to produce higher yields and stronger crops in 2010. Without early season weed competition for light, nutrients and space, plants have less pressure and improved yield potential.

According to Bob Hooten, FMC technical service manager, moisture and nutrient loss in the soil can have a profound impact on plant health, decreasing overall yields and potential profits. The key for growers is to eliminate competition for soil moisture and natural nutrients by ridding fields of problem weeds before it is too late.

“The primary reason for using a preemergence herbicide is to save moisture and nutrients in your crops,” Hooten says. “Overall, evaporation and weeds cause significant moisture loss, which is the most critical piece in terms of yield loss and overall profits.”

One major area of portfolio expansion for FMC has been in preemergence herbicides. These products help growers knock down weeds before planting or plant emergence, eliminating major competition for nutrients and sunlight for the young crop. For effective weed control in soybeans, FMC offers the Authority® portfolio of products and Rage® D-Tech herbicide to allow growers to choose the best product to fit their specific needs and cultural practices.

  • Authority® Assist herbicide – In addition to controlling key broadleaf weeds, it offers the convenience of added grass control. With multiple modes of action, Authority Assist helps combat growing weed resistance issues, a great concern in the industry.
  • Authority® First DF herbicide – This fast-acting herbicide provides growers with a clean start and a resistance management tool to combat glyphosate-resistant broadleaf weeds.
  • Authority® MTZ herbicide – Applied in the spring, it will control early-season weed flushes to reduce competition and allow for timely glyphosate applications to control emerged weeds.
  • Rage® D-Tech herbicide – Labeled for use on both corn and soybean fields, this herbicide helps growers get faster, broad-spectrum control of weeds at an economical price.

According to research conducted by Dr. Bryan Young, professor at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, if a grower waits too long to apply herbicide in the spring, it can have a significant, negative impact on yield.

Young’s university research indicates that weeds can grow 1-inch per day. Vigorous weed growth means more competition for soybean seedlings, which compromises yield. At this rate, yield losses can reach 6 bushels per acre when waiting until the weeds are 4-8 inches tall. That means in a 1,000 acre soybean operation, 6,000 bushels could be lost to weeds, costing the grower $54,000 when soybean prices are $9 per bushel.

FMC Corporation has the solutions growers need to help meet changing market demands and production pressures. The Authority portfolio of products, including Authority First DF, Authority MTZ DF and Authority Assist, as well as Rage D-Tech herbicide, provide complete protection against tough weeds and grasses and allows growers to adjust planting decisions to get the most from their acreage each year.

For more information about the entire portfolio of crop protection products from FMC, please visit FMCcrop.com.

About FMC
FMC Corporation is a diversified chemical company serving agricultural, industrial and consumer markets globally for more than a century with innovative solutions, applications and quality products. The company employs approximately 5,000 people throughout the world. The company operates its businesses in three segments: Agricultural Products, Specialty Chemicals and Industrial Chemicals.

Always read and follow label directions. Rage D-Tech is not registered for use in California. FMC, Authority and Rage are trademarks of FMC Corporation. © 2010 FMC Corporation. All rights reserved. FMC-2712 02/10

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