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Get the Most from your Adjuvant

Apr 20, 2022

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Get the most from your adjuvant.

A tractor is a necessity on the farm, but without fuel it's useless. The same principal applies to herbicide and adjuvants. Until a herbicide's active ingredient meets its intended target, it doesn't really have much benefit. That's why adjuvants are an essential tank-mix partner for effective weed control. Here are three actions you can take to ensure your weed control program gets the job done.

1. Know your water. 
Water conditioners are one class of adjuvants that can make a big impact on herbicide efficacy. Minerals in water can tie up a product’s active ingredient in the spray tank, making it less effective on weeds. In addition, water conditioners help keep herbicides active on the leaf surface, where free cations from the soil and the plant bind up herbicide active ingredients. Depending on the composition of your water, there are wide use rates for water conditioners that can impact the effectiveness of weed control and the price per acre of the application.

 

2. Think like a weed.
Weeds come in all shapes and sizes and have different biological characteristics and life cycles. That’s why you need to identify the most problematic weeds in your field and then think about what it will take to knock those weeds out. For example, some weeds have leaf hairs or a waxy cuticle that make it more difficult for a herbicide to penetrate. In that case, crop oil added to the tank can help get the active ingredient into the plant for better weed control. Crop oils are another class of adjuvant that are formulated to increase herbicide penetration and reduce surface tension.
 
3. Get to the target.
I’ve seen a lot of people get the first two steps right, only to mess up when it comes to the actual application. As mentioned, the ultimate goal is to get as much herbicide active ingredient as possible to the target location, whether that’s a weed or the soil. If you don’t hit that target, then you won’t get effective weed control, no matter what you’ve got in the tank. Data from WinField United’s patented Spray Analysis System has shown that up to 54% of spray volume can be lost before it even reaches its intended target.* But drift reduction adjuvants, including InterLock® adjuvant, actually optimize droplet size for more precise deposition and coverage to help ensure that more active ingredient reaches its target.

 
Adjuvants are essential for achieving optimum weed control. But not all adjuvants work the same, so it’s important to work with your trusted agronomic advisor to choose the right products for your specific needs. For more information about how adjuvants can help you battle weeds more effectively, please contact your local Premier agronomist.
 


Ryan Wolf

Winfield United
 

 



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