Paul Redhage, FMC communications manager, says the flooding in his home state of Missouri has “had an impact on our product lines, particularly where Command or Broadhead herbicides are used on rice. But it is impacting us in other markets, too.”
FMC’s burndown herbicide for corn called Cadet just received a new label that, unlike 2,4-D, has no plant-back restrictions. “So growers can add Cadet into a glyphosate tankmix and improve speed of activity and broadleaf activity on those flooded areas when they get back into them,” reports Brent Newberger, FMC senior technical sales manager. “Maybe they are just going to go out and burn down what’s up.”
Newberger says the most important thing in soybeans is applying a soil-applied residual herbicide like FMC’s Authority, particularly in light of glyphosate resistance. With the wet weather, he says, many farmers will be focused on planting fast and may fail to apply product before the crop comes up. But he says the best way to control glyphosate-resistant weeds is to apply a preemerge herbicide.
“A large percentage of herbicides in the soybean market are meant for applications before the beans crack,” he says. “So if we don’t get that soil-applied herbicide on, we have very few options postemerge, other than contact products or those that don’t have residual [control].”
Newberger’s advice to farmers is to plan ahead and contact retailers a few days ahead of planting. “Get on the list, and make sure it is paramount,” he says.
“With glyphosate resistance increasing, growers need to get that pre product on,” he says. “People were planning on making those pre applications on soybeans because a lot of the products like FMC’s were sold out. So growers still need to do that.”