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BASF: Stewardship key to avoiding dicamba drift


Growers who followed the label guidelines on BASF’s Engenia herbicide for dicamba tolerant crops during this year’s growing season had nothing but satisfaction to say about the product. In a recent survey, 400 soybean and cotton growers across the country said Engenia provided them with cleaner fields in the 2017 growing season.

Growers rated weed control from Engenia herbicide an 8.6 out of 10 nationally (on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being best). In addition to high satisfaction with weed control, 85 percent of growers surveyed planned to use Engenia in 2018 and 83 percent planned to recommend the product.

BASF field reps investigated 787 soybean symptomology claims during the 2017 season, most of which had no impact on yield. However, in a few isolated cases, yield may have been affected where the terminal growth was inhibited. Main causes include: incorrect nozzle and/or boom height, wind speed or direction, insufficient buffer, spray system contamination, use of unregistered product, and application during temperature inversion.

“While most growers achieved great results stewarding DT crops this season, some non-DT farms experienced symptomology that may have come from the improper use of the new technology,” said Chad Asmus, BASF Technical Market Manager. “BASF worked with growers to better understand what was occurring.”

We had the opportunity to visit with Asmus at the recent National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention about the updated Engenia label for the 2018 growing season and why proper application is critical to prevent dicamba drift.


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