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Clean up your act by ridding yourself of cleavers

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By Brett Teetaert February 10, 2022

If cleavers are the usual suspects in your field, cut them down with these tips

Cleavers aren’t an issue through all of western Canada, but they are becoming more common and tougher to control. Cleavers typically germinate in spring, but they can also overwinter as a winter annual. Liberty® in-crop isn’t the strongest on cleavers so you’ll want to avoid relying on it alone. Luckily, for both pre-seed and in-crop, we have recently received more chemical options for controI. I personally like to start clean and stay clean. If in-crop is needed it is much easier to control smaller seedlings.

Cleaver seeds are very tough to separate from canola as they are both round and relatively similar in size. If you are one of the unlucky ones who get to manage this weed, we now have three products for pre-seed application and one in-crop product

Command® 360 ME is a strong option to help get your crop off to a clean start. It is a pre-emergent product within the unique chemical group 13. Command® 360 ME can be tank-mixed with glyphosate. Keep in mind there are a few restrictions and always check the label before using. Command requires a 5 to 10 mm rain after application to become activated.

Prospect, new in 2021, is a pre-seed add-in from Corteva. It is a group 4 and 14 that you can add with glyphosate to spray in front of canola. It is able to control spring germinated and overwintered cleavers up to bud stage or 25cm in height

Certitude, new in 2021, is a pre-seed add-in from BASF. It is a group 6 and 27 that you can add with glyphosate to spray in front of canola. This product will be able to control cleavers up to the 4 whorl stage.

Facet L is a newer chemical that we can add to Liberty® in-crop for Liberty tolerant canola. It is a group 4 chemistry with the active ingredient, Quinclorac, which has both contact and systemics qualities. This will control cleavers from the 1-6 whorl stage which is quite impressive

Your crop is at its highest potential the moment that seed is planted. Depending on your weed spectrum, these are excellent options to be able to give your InVigor® canola the best chance for success.

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Cleaver photo credit: Brett Teetaert

Always read and follow herbicide label directions. Liberty® and InVigor® are trademarks of BASF Corporation used under license. Command® 360 ME is a registered trademark of FMC of Canada.

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Brett Teetaert

Brett is looking forward to using his knowledge on soil fertility and weed management to help find farmers practical solutions. Brett grew up on a mixed family farm near Medora Manitoba, where at an early age he developed a passion for agriculture. Before attending university Brett worked on multiple farms including a 35,000 acre farm in Australia. After graduating from University of Manitoba with a Diploma in Agriculture in 2013, Brett gained a wide range of experience through working as a Sales Agronomist in the southeast and southwest corners of Manitoba, working as a Research Technician out of Melita, as well as running his own family farm. Brett joined Cargill in 2017 as a Market Development Agronomist. He is looking forward to using his knowledge on soil fertility and weed management to help find farmers practical solutions that will work best on their farm and working hands-on in the field. Brett wants to help you make the best decision for you and your crops!