When there’s a lack of rainfall, there’s limited moisture available for development of a strong wheat stand. Winter wheat fighting for available moisture is competing against yield-robbing weeds, making it extremely important to rid crops of early-season brome grasses.
Arysta LifeScience North America recommends PRE-PARE Burndown Herbicide as a simple, first step towards effective brome management.
“Parts of the United States where winter wheat is grown are experiencing a lack of rain, so early brome competition for moisture is something growers need to consider,” said Kyle Renninger, Marketing Manager, U.S. Herbicides. “By using PRE-PARE to manage early bromes and other weeds, early season winter wheat competition can be controlled, leading to healthier plants and maximized yields.”
Early-season brome species may significantly reduce winter wheat yields if not controlled early in the growing season. Independent studies show if downy brome emerges within 14 days of a winter wheat crop, it can reduce yields by 10 to 20%.
In turn, PRE-PARE allows growers to seed earlier and establish a winter wheat crop that survives competition from annual weeds. PRE-PARE with glyphosate controls existing and early emerging bromes for up to three weeks, significantly reducing the overall brome population, which helps winter wheat establish a strong stand, leading to significant yields.
Additionally, PRE-PARE can assist growers who are fighting rescue grass infestations.
“With the increasing infestations of rescue grass, it is crucial to adopt a two-pass approach to gain season-long control in winter wheat,” Renninger added. “PRE-PARE as a first-pass, pre emergent treatment will help growers gain early control on rescue grass and other hard-to-kill grasses.”
If necessary, growers can make a second-pass, post-emergent application with a herbicide of their choosing for season-long control.
For more information on PRE-PARE Burndown Herbicide and how it can help eliminate bromes in winter wheat, please contact your local Arysta LifeScience sales representative or visit www.arystalifescience.us.