As harvest season approaches, a farmer’s work is far from over. There’s plenty to do before they can breathe a brief sigh of relief and begin their planning for next year’s growing season. Crop desiccation is just one of the many tasks on a grower’s list, Ken Diebert, BASF Technical Service Representative, shares what benefits growers can receive when applying a herbicide to a crop shortly before harvest.
Mitigating uneven growth
This year, farmers across the country have faced unusually wet weather, creating less favorable growing conditions, especially in northern states. As a result, effective weed management has proven to be a challenge, causing some crops to grow unevenly.
“With the damp conditions and excess rain we’ve had this growing season crop desiccation can help put things back on track by promoting more uniform growth across the crop,” said Diebert.
Proactive weed management
When herbicides are applied shortly before growers kick off the harvest season, they’re not just protecting their current crop, but future crops as well.
“With advances in weed management technology, herbicide resistance is a concern for many growers,” said Diebert. “That’s why it’s important to think ahead and be proactive, even as you’re wrapping up this season”
A herbicide like Sharpen® herbicide, when used as a crop desiccant, is an excellent tool for preventing weed resistance into the next growing season.
Staying ahead of the game
Crop desiccation can also be used as a strategy for accelerating the harvest process. Desiccation dries the crop, making it ready to harvest sooner. This is especially significant following this year’s growing conditions since many crops may still be too wet to harvest.
“Not to mention, the sooner you harvest, the sooner you can get to planning for the coming year,” added Diebert. “Desiccating a crop can really help make up for lost time, and even put you one step ahead.”
Additionally, desiccating a crop eliminates excess green plant material, keeping harvest equipment from having to do extra work and reducing wear and tear on machinery.
Whether through improving equipment efficiency or mitigating uneven crop growth, crop desiccation has helpful benefits that can aid growers as harvest approaches.
Growers can learn more about using Sharpen® herbicide as a crop desiccant by visiting www.agriculture.basf.com.
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