Or if it does, it isn’t able to penetrate the waxy surface of the leaf to make sure that weed is eliminated.
“Herbicides need to get on the weed, through the leaf of the weed and into the weed itself to be effective,” says Kevin Harper, master agronomy advisor with WinField United. “Herbicides that are water-based tend not to penetrate through that waxy leaf surface as well as oil-based herbicides. Adding an adjuvant to the tank that works especially well with oil-based herbicides helps seal the deal for weed control.”
Spring into clean fields
Any active ingredient that doesn’t hit its intended target is money lost. “These missed opportunities can also create herbicide resistance. And nothing good results in your herbicide landing in a neighbor’s field,” says Harper. “If farmers are using a herbicide that is more effective when used with a methylated seed oil (MSO) and they want drift-reduction properties, StrikeLock® adjuvant could be the answer. It provides both benefits in one jug and is easy to use and mix. And StrikeLock has undergone exhaustive testing at the WinField United® Innovation Center to help ensure its efficacy.”
Targeted for tough weeds
Over time, weeds build up resistance to various herbicides. As a result, getting enough of a herbicide’s active ingredient into the weed where it will be eliminated is critical.
StrikeLock adjuvant is a drift and deposition aid that contains a highly concentrated MSO designed for use with oil-loving herbicides. Features and benefits include:
- High oil content, which contributes to increased herbicide activity
- Exceptional drift reduction
- Increased deposition and improved coverage to support herbicide uptake
- Better-flowing oil compared to a traditional high-surfactant MSO
“StrikeLock is a high-quality product that mixes well. And with the added benefit of its drift and deposition properties, StrikeLock keeps a herbicide — and the money farmers invested in it — on track to the intended target,” shares Harper.
Effective for burndown applications
Harper recommends StrikeLock primarily for spring or fall burndown. There are a few things farmers should consider prior to doing a burndown. First, identify what weed species they are trying to eliminate. From there, determine the herbicide necessary to accomplish that. Then pair whatever adjuvant is best for that herbicide and those weeds. Many spring burndown situations call for using an adjuvant with an MSO like that found in StrikeLock, which will make the herbicide more effective.
“I’ve seen StrikeLock adjuvant work well with several herbicides, including Section® Three and Cleanse® 2 EC,” states Harper. “Both are grass herbicides that contain the active ingredient clethodim. StrikeLock also works well with Sterling Blue®, a dicamba herbicide for use on broadleaf weeds; the WinField United 2,4-D line of products; and Avalanche® Ultra, which is effective on many glyphosate-resistant broadleaf weeds including lambsquarters, kochia, waterhemp and Palmer amaranth.”
Farmers should talk with their local trusted advisor now about how StrikeLock can help with a successful burndown and planting crops into clean fields this spring.
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