The key to success is often a good start, and growing rice is no exception. Early-stage weed management is critical to maximizing yield, so give yourself the best odds at a robust harvest with a tough, proactive approach to weed control.
In fact, if you can keep your rice fields weed-free during the pre-emergent period, you are taking a critical first step that can help you lock in a strong yield, says John Schultz, BASF Tech Service Rep for Arkansas and the Bootheel of Missouri.
A powerful herbicide is critical for stopping broadleaf weeds before the natural control that comes with flooding. Weeds such as Palmer amaranth and morningglory can creep into your rice fields and compete with your emerging crop. Not only do weeds rob you of valuable yield, but they can also lower the quality of your harvested rice.
Once those weeds grab a foothold in your fields they are even harder to root out.
A strong pre-emergent herbicide, such as Sharpen® herbicide, has enough power to check any weeds that start to grow. With a burndown three to five times faster than 2, 4-D or glyphosate, Sharpen delivers the clean fields you want.
Many rice growers already use pre-emergent herbicides, but some avoid them to save on input costs. But with low pre-emergent application rates from Sharpen herbicide, you don’t need to break the bank for effective management that will improve your spring operational efficiency.
The best time to apply is preplant up to three days after planting, but the preplant and pre-emergent uses give you more leeway. If you want to take advantage of an earlier planting window, Sharpen still has enough residual control to help keep your fields clean before flooding.
You can't control all aspects of your growing season, so make the best decisions on those you can.
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