AURORA, Colo. — Wilbur-Ellis Agribusiness and Plant Health Care announced March 2 that Employ, a biochemical plant health promoter, has been certified by several crop protection companies for tank-mixing with a select group of row crop herbicides. Used successfully for many years in fruit and vegetable production to improve yield and crop quality, Employ is expected to be adopted by soybean, cotton and corn growers seeking to maximize yields by applying Employ in conjunction with early season herbicide applications.
For information about the herbicides included in this announcement, visit the following websites:
- Engenia (Dicamba) by BASF: Tank Mix
- Tavium (Dicamba + S-metolachlor) by Syngenta: Tavium Tank-Mix Partners | Syngenta US
- Xtendimax (Dicamba) by Bayer: Tank Mix Product Search - XtendiMax Herbicide with VaporGrip Technology
- Enlist One (2,4-D) and Enlist Duo (2,4-D + glyphosate) by Corteva: Enlist One Tank Mix Products
When applied on the plant foliage in early growth stages, Employ initiates a Systemic Acquired Resistance (SAR) response that turns on the plants' own growth and stress-defense capabilities. Wilbur-Ellis says this means roots grow more vigorously, and plants are more resilient under stress created by disease, insects, pathogens and nematodes as well as when facing environmental challenges such as flooding, drought, heat and cold temperatures. In addition, the company says Employ increases average soybean yield when applied V3-R1, decreases abiotic and biotic stress — increasing yield and grower ROI — and has no AI restriction, making it a cost-effective tank-mix partner.
“In recent years, farmers have faced more environmental stresses from weather extremes and the pests and pathogens that come with those extremes. An application of Employ, over-the-top in the initial herbicide application stimulates the plants’ natural defenses reducing the impact of crop stress throughout the growing season and helping them deliver higher yields at harvest. We’re excited to offer this technology to corn, soybean and cotton growers for the 2023 season,” says Chris Wooley, Wilbur-Ellis Specialty Actives Portfolio Manager.
Always read and follow the manufacturer's instructions for use of these products. Employ is not registered for use in all states.
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