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New higher label use rate recommendation for Firebird herbicide

Published on 26/04/2017

“While not extending the range of weeds on the label, as you would expect, the higher rate has resulted in a lift in the level of weed control for a number of weed species,” says Neil Waddingham, customer marketing manager for Bayer NZ.
“We expect a higher dose rate of Firebird, in the 400-500 mL per ha range, to be used when challenging weeds such as Vulpia hair grass are present or when the weed burden in the paddock is high.”
A case in point was amply illustrated in a Bayer trial in the lower North Island last spring, sited in a paddock with a very high population of annual poa.

Treating with Firebird at 500 mL per ha re sulted in very effective weed control which translated into a profitable yield increase of 1 tonne wheat per ha, Waddingham says.
“Firebird is the first product many farmers reach for when autumn comes around and planting starts again,” he adds.
“This isn’t surprising as it is registered for use on wheat and barley and it has delivered consistent high level weed control over many seasons. But to get the best from Firebird it is important to take care and pay attention to getting the basics right.”
Getting the best from Firebird

1. Apply pre-emergence of the weeds. Ideally this should be immediately after planting but certainly within 10 days post planting.
2. Take care to prepare a firm cultivated seedbed with adequate soil moisture and with a fine to medium tilth. Ensure clods are no larger than 3 cm and minimise trash.
3. As discussed above take care to choose the right rate for the anticipated weed spectrum and population.
4. Apply using adequate water and using either 02 or 03 fan nozzles.
5. Finally, let Firebird do its job. Once applied do not incorporate and avoid subsequent soil disturbance.
For more detail, contact your Bayer territory sales manager.

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