With the dry conditions this season, fields have been very uneven. Weed escapes have also been a reality. BASF Technical Service Representative Ken Diebert says a harvest aid, like Sharpen, can address those issues. For this region, dry beans are most desiccated crop. “You want to make those applications when 80 percent of the pods are yellow-to-tan and at that point you should have no more than 30 percent of the leaves still green in that canopy.” The Sharpen application for spring wheat should be made at the hard dough stage. For canola, the crop is ready for desiccation when the seeds turn brown-to-black in color. The best time for sunflowers is when the bract turns brown and the seed is at 36 percent moisture. “The key to all of these crops is to target these applications at the correct time.”
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