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Capreno corn herbicide now available

Agriculture.com Staff 02/04/2011 @ 8:50am

Corn growers across the Corn Belt now have access to new Capreno® postemergence corn herbicide from Bayer CropScience.

The corn herbicide, which was available in select geographies in 2010, controls more than 65 grass and broadleaf weeds, including those resistant to glyphosate, PPO, ALS, triazine and dicamba chemistries. Just one pass of 3 fl oz/A of Capreno applied between the V1 and V5 growth stages will burn down — and keep down — the toughest weeds all season long.

Joe Dieter, corn and soybean farmer, Danvers, Minn., says he used the herbicide for end-of-the-season clean control of glyphosate-resistant waterhemp and lambsquarters.

“We put Capreno on the tough fields where the glyphosate is just not as effective,” Dieter says. “We can up the rate on the glyphosate, and it still doesn’t give you full control. We’re happy with Capreno on those fields because we get the burndown and residual.”

The herbicide also helps boost yields, as it quickly goes to work to eliminate weed competition within hours after application.

Mark Benjamin, corn and soybean producer, Williamston, Mich., says he saw a significant yield increase with Capreno: “We did several side-by-side strips across an even field and it beat Lexar® by 7 bu/A.”

Capreno combines multiple modes of action with a highly effective safener for complete weed control in field corn, seed corn and corn grown for silage. It also offers reactivation properties that allow weed control through crop canopy.

“Capreno offers the longest-lasting residual in a postemergence herbicide,” says Jeff Springsteen, Bayer CropScience marketing manager for corn and soybean selective herbicides. “Last year, the herbicide had limited availability. We’re excited to launch Capreno nationally because it offers long-lasting benefits growers haven’t seen with other total post programs.”

For clean fields at the end of the season, Springsteen recommends growers apply Capreno early with atrazine and/or glyphosate, Crop Oil Concentrate (COC) and a nitrogen source, such as UAN or AMS, when weeds are less than 4 inches tall. There is no need for additional COC if the glyphosate already includes a surfactant.

By Jeff Springsteen, Bayer CropScience

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