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What's at the top of corn producers' minds? Weed resistance and 2 pass programs

What's at the top of corn producers' minds? Weed resistance and 2 pass programs
Waterhemp leads the list of weeds that draw the most concern .

Resistant weed control is far and away the issue of greatest importance to ag retailers serving corn farmers. And two-pass herbicide programs are almost universally the recommended approach to ensuring resistant weeds are controlled. These are key findings of voice-of-customer research of ag retailers conducted by AMVAC in January 2021. (AMVAC is the producer of several herbicides on the market.)

Among resistant weeds, retailers expressed the greatest concern about waterhemp – not only to glyphosate but also due to that weed’s early-developing signs of resistance to HPPD inhibitors.

Other resistant problem weeds identified by retailers are, in order: giant ragweed, marestail, Palmer amaranth, and kochia.

Resistance concerns and Two-pass herbicide programs

Resistant weed control easily outweighed all other areas of concern among ag retailers. Two related issues – broadleaf control and extended control – were ranked about on par with retailer profit, strongly suggesting the important role that control of resistant weeds plays in retailers’ business models.

While many farmers are inclined to favor “one and done” programs, especially given their many tasks and time restraints, one-pass programs continue a decade-long decline which has accelerated in the last 3-5 years as weeds become more resistant to glyphosate and, increasingly, other herbicide groups.

Today about 77% of corn acreage is treated with two-pass herbicide programs. In recommending such programs, retailers cite as foremost the need to ensure effective control of resistant weeds, most prominently waterhemp, and most often using multiple modes of action and layered residual herbicides. With two-pass programs there also is less risk of weather causing a weed control disaster.

Retailers said they have recommended both one-pass and two-pass programs with a higher-priced and lower-priced option for each. Add-on chemistries most often consist of atrazine, glyphosate, dicamba, and safened dicamba.

“As key advisers to farmers, ag retailers’ concern about resistant weeds points to an acute need for effective weed control options heading into the 2021 growing season,” noted Nathaniel Quinn, AMVAC Marketing Manager for Corn, Soybeans, and Sugar Beets. “For most corn farmers, multiple applications and a selection of several herbicides is likely to be their best course of action.”

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