In the summer, Dupont received registration approval for their new herbicide, Leadoff. Jeff Carpenter, US Portfolio Manager for corn herbicide products for Dupont Crop and says that the product is approved in the Carolinas and should receive approval in Virginia before the end of the year.
"Leadoff is a herbicide that delivers long-lasting weed control with crop rotation flexibility, which is a great feature. So the product basically is applied in the winter or early spring months, as an early plant burndown product that controls the winter annuals. And there's some really emotional ones. The burndown characteristics of Leadoff controls chickweed and henbit. The residual will control annual bluegrass as well as marestail. There's a lot of talk about those particular weeds in today's cropping systems."
Carpenter says that using Leadoff gives planting felxibility:
"The nice thing is, a farmer can actually decide what he wants to plant at planting time. So, we give him a cropping flexibility to plant corn, cotton or soybeans behind this Leadoff application. So, it's a great set up treatment for those three crops for farmers looking to control winter annual weeds that can become very problematic in the spring; give him cropping flexibility; and a clean seed bed to plant those three different crops directly into the fields."
As for resistant palmer pig weed, DuPont offers other herbicides:
"We will set up the field with Leadoff to get a clean seedbed. Then it depends on which crop you plant, which herbicide we would talk about using. So, if it is soybeans that go into that lead off field, we would talk about using Envive herbicide that is designed to pick up Palmer pig weed, as well as other broad leaf weeds. So we have Envive for soybeans. If you're planting corn into that lead off field, you have a variety of options there - atrazine based programs is generally where we start. But we introduced a new product called Realm Q in 2011, that does a very nice job post-emerge in corn on Palmer pig weed. And if you plant cotton, we'd talk about utilizing Staple herbicide."
To learn more about Dupont’s Leadoff Herbicide, consult your local dealer.
Jeff Carpenter, Dupont Crop Protection