Whether you’re a first-time lentil grower or an experienced farmer, using a complete-solution herbicide is key to maximizing yield.
India has dropped in-bound tariffs on lentils which means lentil acres could be more profitable this year. Lentils, however, are not the easiest crop to grow. One of the key problems for growers is a lack of in-crop herbicide options. That’s why setting up the crop well with a comprehensive pre-seed application is crucial. It’s even more important to use a complete-solution herbicide.
A burnoff active ingredient with contact control removes emerged weeds before seeding. Seeding into a clean field is a critical step to maximizing yield.
A product with extended control can keep your crop clean after seeding. That means your crop stays clean through the critical weed-free period when a crop like lentils locks in a lot of its yield potential.
Focus® herbicide is a complete-solution herbicide that brings both contact control and extended weed control to the field. The burnoff component in Focus herbicide is a Group 14. When tank-mixed with glyphosate, Focus herbicide provides faster burnoff of emerged weeds.
The extended control is from the Group 15 component which brings comprehensive activity on key grass and broadleaf weeds. Focus herbicide can be applied pre-plant or pre-emergent to spring wheat, lentils and field peas but it is especially important to lentil growers.
Lentil growers need a good pre-emerge option
Lentil growers have limited weed control options. By using Focus herbicide with glyphosate, a lentil grower can get enhanced burnoff and then extended control of key weeds like wild oats, kochia¹, wild buckwheat¹, wild mustard, downy brome and Japanese brome – weeds that lentil growers are plenty familiar with.
The Group-15 component of Focus herbicide provides a soil-based barrier that emerging weeds can’t grow past. The soil-based barrier is moisture activated. Rain pushes the product from the soil surface down into the soil pore space, the spaces between soil particles. It’s in between those particles that soil moisture sits, waiting to be drawn in by weeds as they germinate. Farmers don’t need to worry about the product sitting and waiting to do its job. Since Focus herbicide is very stable, it doesn’t breakdown quickly with sunlight or turn into a gas and dissipate. It doesn’t bind to crop residue on the soil surface either, so farmers can maintain that important ground cover and leave the soil undisturbed.
Focus herbicide is also registered for fall application so growers can get a head start on their weed control the following spring. The soil barrier will overwinter and activate with a moisture event.
Resistance management is another benefit that a multiple mode of action herbicide product brings to the field. Controlling weeds with products from multiple groups helps delay the spread of weed resistance.
For new and experienced lentil growers, Focus herbicide offers an excellent way to protect the crop.