How to Fix Herbicide Injury

Written on 06/15/18

All crops are impacted when herbicide is sprayed - even those crops that are glyphosate ready. This isn't always evident on the outside, but internally the plant is struggling to metabolize the herbicide. 

Every year as farmers finish up seeding they begin to think about the next task at hand: killing all of those weeds that are competing with a potential bumper crop. Farmers are ready to spray, glyphosate, pyrosulfate, bromoxynil, glufosinate and the list goes on and on. Farmers do this to kill weeds and to give the crop the best opportunity to realize its potential. What many farmers don't realize, is that when they are killing weeds, they are causing the plant stress as well.

We at ATP Nutrition like to call this "Herbicide Hangover". If we could draw a parallel in our own lives, it's like having one glass of wine too many; At the time we think it's the right thing to do, but in the morning it hurts a bit and we have to take Tylenol and drink Gatorade to get us back in shape. This is not to say that we shouldn't use herbicide or drink wine, the use of herbicide is of course a must for most farmers, and maybe even the wine too - however that's up to you. The message we want to convey is that we need to have that extra boost in with the herbicide in case the plant doesn't feel all that great the next morning, post herbicide application.

Watch the video below to learn about the key stresses your crop faces and how to proactively get your crop ready for a herbicide or fungicide application.

If you have any questions about how to deal with herbicide injury, or any of our ATP Nutrition Products please contact your local representative.