Cereal grains such as wheat, barley and rye not only make bread, pasta and beer possible, they give farmers a versatile cropping option that can increase profits and keep land healthy.
Cereals can grow in a wide range of climates and conditions, which makes them a great fit for many different farming goals. Some farmers focus exclusively on raising cereals, while others use cereals as a second crop. For example, winter wheat can be planted following legumes such as peas, letting farmers bring in an additional harvest. When used as cover crops, cereals also help protect and renew the soil.
Versatile crops such as cereals, need versatile crop protection. Arylex™ active, discovered and developed by Corteva Agriscience, is a herbicide active ingredient that provides a flexible option for protecting cereal crops from weeds. Arylex is effective in many different conditions and farming approaches. It’s a good option whether farmers are putting in springtime barley, planting winter wheat or need a short pre-plant interval following cover crops.
Arylex works by affecting plant growth. When applied to a susceptible weed, it stops growth and kills plant tissue. Most growth regulator herbicides perform best when the weather is warmer and weeds are actively growing. Other herbicides in this category often have reduced effectiveness in cooler temperatures when weed growth slows down. Arylex is unique because it is absorbed rapidly by plants and works on a specific receptor inside plant cells that is different from other herbicides. This unique site of action means Arylex is focused at weed growth points and maintains effectiveness under diverse weather conditions.
Of course, spring and fall also present application challenges. The weather doesn’t always cooperate when it’s time to treat fields. Arylex offers a wide application window—between early leaf development through boot growth stages—for more flexibility in application timing during the season.
Arylex also gives farmers more flexibility in their crop rotation plans. It has very low use rates, so, depending on the formulated herbicide product and crop, as little as 2.5–10 grams of active ingredient per hectare applied postemergence can provide effective weed control.* And, Arylex degrades rapidly in plant tissue and the soil. Low use rates and quick degradation allow farmers to confidently rotate crops.
Just as farmers rotate their crops to keep soils healthy and productive, Arylex is always used in mixes and in rotation with other herbicide mode of action groups. For example, if Arylex is used as part of a burndown application, farmers follow it with a different herbicide mode of action for preemergent application. Incorporating Arylex in a weed management program that rotates modes of action will keep this active ingredient effective against tough species that are showing resistance to other herbicides.
Across fields and seasons, farmers can control weeds effectively using advanced herbicide active ingredients. Arylex expands the choices farmers have to control weeds, rotate crops, preserve soil and produce an abundant crop, so farmers can keep producing cereals the world relies on.
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