Wet Spring Creates “Perfect Storm” Conditions for Summer Weed Breaks in Corn, Soybeans

Philadelphia, PA – July 1, 2010 — Field scouting reports indicate that a wet winter and spring could mean intense weed pressures in corn and soybean fields in the coming weeks. Combined with a sharp uptick in the number of reports about increasing weed resistance, corn and soybean growers will need to be aggressive with their postemergence weed control strategies in order to optimize yields and profitability.

Bob Hooten, technical sales manager with FMC Corporation and an expert on weed and insect control in corn and soybeans, shared how growers can control emerging weeds.

“We have had considerable wet conditions across some of the Midwest,” Hooten explains. “Most of the growers are going to be facing a lot of weeds that will start emerging, popping up along with the crop. Growers will need a little extra kick to go after the morningglories, waterhemp, lambsquarters, velvet leaf and nightshade. Cadet® will be a good addition to that glyphosate tank.”

Adding Cadet herbicide to a postemergence glyphosate spray will ensure optimum control of resistant weeds and provide a healthier growing environment for crops. FMC Product Manager, Yemel Ortega, shared why adding Cadet to a postemergence weed management strategy makes sense.

Cadet herbicide is a practical and affordable solution for growers to control troublesome broadleaf weeds that other herbicides tend to miss. By adding Cadet to the tank, especially when adding Cadet to glyphosate, growers will ensure effective control of key weeds.”

A key advantage of Cadet is its application flexibility. Because the product is labeled for use on both corn and soybeans, there is no need to change the rate of application or rinse out equipment when changing crops. “Cadet is a low use-rate herbicide that is labeled for use on both corn and soybeans,” added Ortega. “The fact that when growers spray corn and want to continue to spray their soybean field, they can just keep going. They do not have to return to change the rate or clean the tank. Because it adds another mode of action to your postemergence tank mix, Cadet is an essential resistance management tool.”

Because it helps stamp out weed competition for corn and soybean crops, using Cadet helps growers optimize profitability. “Another added benefit is the profitability to the grower,” said Ortega. “Cadet will make glyphosate really effective. Tolerant and resistant weeds to glyphosate can be managed effectively and, by doing so, growers can contribute to prevent significant, negative impact on yields. Cadet is by far the most profitable thing that a grower can add to his tank.”

To learn more about Cadet herbicide or any of the broad range of crop protection products offered by FMC, please visit www.fmccrop.com or contact your local agricultural retailer.