03 August 2022, Canada: Have you thought about using a desiccant for your pulse crops and canola? Using a desiccant on crops promotes rapid, more uniform crop dry down, helping maximize harvestability.
Benefits of using FBN® Diquat 240 as a dessicant product
1. Crop quality
Desiccation ensures a quicker, more complete dry down maintaining crop quality, with a more uniform sample and less issues affecting grade.
2. Timely uniform harvest
All areas of the field are dry and ready to harvest at the same time, enabling more acres to be harvested each day, helping to maximizing harvest efficiency.
3. Straight cutting
Especially with pod-shatter resistant canola, it better facilitates straight cutting, making the entire field more uniformly harvestable.
Optimizing the application of a dessicant
1. Use a surfactant
FBN has some excellent surfactant options to use with Diquat 240. Both are registered for use with FBN Diquat 240 at 0.1% V./V. or 1 liter per 1000 liters.
Falcon® is a product with similar properties to LI700® but is registered at a lower use rate of 0.1% V./V.
Icon® is a product with similar properties to Agral 90®, and is registered as a wetter and spreading agent with FBN Diquat 240, as well as a tank cleaner.
2. Application Timing
Diquat is typically activated by sunlight, so for best coverage apply in cloudy weather or during the evening.
Desiccation is not a method of weed control, but rather a harvest aid. If weed control is an issue, FBN has several options as well, and these can be used alone or in conjunction with FBN Diquat 240®.
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