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Herbicide Costs Head Higher


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Just how high are herbicide costs going to go next season? Well, $100/acre for just the products will be a “common investment,” according to university weed scientists quoted in a recent story carried at Farm Journal’s

On the low side – depending on your specific weed spectrum and infestation level – a robust weed-control program in the Midwest could still cost you at least $50 an acre in 2023, says Bill Johnson, Purdue University weed scientist, as quoted by ag journalist Rhonda Brooks. “Dealers are just now starting to release pricing sheets yet for 2023, so that’s an estimate only,” adds Johnson. 

For the mid-South and South, where farmers often overlap herbicides and make three or four applications during the season, Tommy Butts, University of Arkansas, says $85 will be a typical investment.  Both he and Johnson say that figure of $100 per acre – just for products alone – will be a common investment for a broad-spectrum weed control program in corn and soybean crops.

With that much cash on the line, choosing the right adjuvant is crucial, says Joe Gednalske, senior product development strategist for Meristem Crop Performance and holder of 41 patents for crop inputs and application technology.

“Picking the wrong adjuvant or leaving the adjuvant out will likely reduce the efficacy of your weed control anywhere from 50 to 90 percent,” he says. “And if you do a lousy job controlling those weeds, it will cost you year after year of increased weed pressure and lower yields.”

Gednalske says AQUADRAFT™ EXTREME, his most recent development, will help farmers make the most of every weed control dollar spent, with the added benefit of convenience.

“This is designed for glyphosate, glufosinate, ENLIST, and other herbicides requiring a high load of AMS,” he says. It’s a blend of water conditioning agent (ammonium sulfate), surfactants, drift reduction agents, and humectants. Features and benefits are many:

Ultimate convenience at the spray trailer. What took three jugs now comes in one.

Pre-dissolved liquid ammonium sulfate means less sediment and improved performance.

Improved deposition and coverage: More right-sized droplets for better coverage and reduced drift.

“It will help you make the most of every drop of herbicide you spray,” says Gednalske.

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