Tips For A Successful Spring Burndown

A successful burndown is key in having a clean slate for planting in no-till fields. We asked Tom Begg, Dow AgroSciences crop protection representative in Ohio, to share his suggestions on an effective spring burndown.

“Marestail is a key weed that must be addressed in soybean burndowm programs,” Begg says.
“Sixty percent of marestail germinate in the fall. This fall flush is what tends to escape burndown programs.”

Marestail will continue to germinate late into the summer and postemergence control can be challenging. To combat marestail and other troublesome key weeds, Begg recommends an aggressive and proactive burdown program.

Begg says one quart of 2,4-D (4 lb/acre) is a key component in a burndown program— assuming the planting interval can be accommodated.  If the planting interval cannot be met, products with the active ingredient metribuzin can enhance mairstail seedling burndown, but lack in broad spectrum control. He recommends using a herbicide that aids in burndown as well as provides comprehensive residual control.

Glyphosate products are also needed for general burndown and winter grasses. Begg says that although soybean burndown programs have become more extensive, they are essential to successful weed control.

“Cutting corners on burndown programs means you risk spending more money on less-effective rescue programs and poor weed control,” he says.

Let us know if you have any questions about your spring burndown program. We are happy to sit down with you and your local ag chem representative to ensure your fields are off to the right start.  

Terry, Dan, Rod and Denny