Low prices have many growers considering every opportunity to minimize production costs, but FMC’s message at the 2016 National Association of Farm Broadcasters (NAFB) Convention was clear: Investing in a slightly more costly diversified weed control program is critical for preserving new herbicide tolerant trait technologies, such as the new Liberty post-emergence technology for Liberty Link soybeans.
“Growers are under a lot of financial pressure right now, but saving ten dollars this year could create a nightmare for the following years if you let resistant weeds get out of hand in your fields,” said Tom Quade, FMC Technical Manager, in an interview during NAFB Trade Talk. “The best way to deal with weed resistance is to not let it start in your fields.”
Quade emphasized the importance of utilizing different modes of action and offered several different FMC products that fit exceptionally well into diversified weed control programs that utilize some of the new modes of action that are entering the market.
“Resolve for the next year to have a plan to use multiple modes of action, a good residual herbicide like Authority Brands for soybeans and Anthem Brands for corn, and use it in combination with new post-emerge technology like Liberty on Liberty Link soybeans,” he said. “This is fantastic new technology, but please let’s use it responsibly so we can preserve it.”
Listen to Chuck’s full interview with Tom here:
Interview with Tom Quade, FMC
View and download photos from the event here: 2016 NAFB Convention