02 September 2022, CA: As harvest season quickly approaches, it’s important to keep your operation moving smoothly and efficiently. For many farms, harvest aids are an essential part of this goal.
What Are the Benefits of Harvest Aids?
Harvest aids are used to desiccate weeds that can interfere with harvest. Left green, these weeds can go through your harvest equipment and impact its efficiency, causing possible harvest losses, decreased grain quality, and loss of profit potential.
While harvest aids don’t speed up maturity, expedite drydown, or increase yields, they can help reduce the production of seed from weeds, depending on the weeds present and their growth stage, as well as the herbicide used.
Corn Harvest Aids
Used primarily to keep weed escapes out of your combine, common corn harvest aids include AIM® EC, Willowood Paraquat* and Ag Saver Glyphosate. At application, corn should be at least to full dent with the milk line two-thirds down to avoid any yield losses.
Soybean Harvest Aids
Similar to corn applications, soybean harvest aids are primarily used to manage weeds, but they also desiccate and remove all the green soybean material that could otherwise gum up your harvest equipment.
To avoid yield loss, soybeans need to be at least at the R7 growth stage. While there are some costs associated with harvest aid application, benefits including an earlier harvest date, less dockage at delivery and a possible bonus for early delivery can outweigh these factors.
The most commonly used soybean harvest aids include AIM® EC and Willowood Paraquat*. As always, read and follow all label directions when using harvest aids. Coverage, rates, timing and adjuvant use may vary.
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