FREEDOM TO GROW

Unlike programs that require you to choose a particular seed brand or bundle certain products, the FMC Freedom Pass program rewards you for making smart agronomic decisions throughout the growing season.

 

30+ FMC products qualify for our exclusive agronomic and economic incentives. And the more FMC products you purchase, the more it pays at rebate time.

Calculate Your Potential Financial Incentive

Freedom pays more than ever before. With FMC Freedom Pass, the more you purchase, the more you receive in financial incentives. Use this calculator to estimate how much money you could receive for participating in this valuable new program.

Soybeans

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Corn

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Sunflowers

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Cereals

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Cotton

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Agronomic Story

  • A CLEAN SLATE MEANS A HIGHER YIELD RATE

    Once a seed hits the ground, it should be focusing all of its energy on growth, not competition. Burndown herbicide applications clear the field of weeds, providing newly placed seeds a clean slate as they germinate.

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    A CLEAN SLATE MEANS A HIGHER YIELD RATE

    Once a seed hits the ground, it should be focusing all of its energy on growth, not competition. Burndown herbicide applications clear the field of weeds, providing newly placed seeds a clean slate as they germinate.

    Burndown herbicides are used to eliminate existing weeds that have already emerged and started growing. This differs from preemergence herbicides, applied for residual control to prevent new weeds from establishing themselves. Burndown strategies are often implemented in the spring before the next cash crop is planted to clear winter annuals from the fields, but there are also major benefits to applying them after harvest in the fall.

    Fall Burndown

    It’s hard to predict what conditions you’ll face in the spring when making harvest-time decisions, but a fall burndown helps to prepare your fields for whatever challenges may come. Here’s how:

    • Fall burndown applications prevent potential seed production of late-season weeds and manage early winter annuals while providing residual control into the spring.
    • Coming into spring, fields will be much cleaner. During wet springs, this means fields can dry faster and warm, dry seedbeds mean uniform emergence and better seedling vigor. During dry springs, lower weed populations allow more soil moisture to be used by the young crop instead of competing weeds.
    • When the spring is warm, weeds come in earlier and larger than usual, making control much more difficult to achieve without residual protection from a fall application.
    • By eliminating their overwinter habitat, harmful insect populations are minimized.

    Spring Burndown

    If weeds are allowed to compete with crops during the first few weeks after planting, significant yield is at risk. That’s why it’s important to get them under control before any seeds enter the furrow. When planning a spring burndown, consider the following:

    • Weed and emergence profiles: Knowing which weeds are common in your fields, what they’re resistant to and how they emerge will help you to select the most effective burndown chemistry.
    • Temperature: Burndown herbicides lose effectiveness with cold temperatures, so application should occur once temperatures reach at least 55 degrees and stay above freezing at night. Ideally, application would hold off until there are several warm days in a row. However, adjuvants can also be added to increase activity of the herbicides in adverse conditions like colder temperatures.
    • Plant back interval: Choose an herbicide that will fit into your planting schedule, so you can get back in the field on time.

    As mentioned previously, burndown herbicides are applied to eliminate existing, visible weeds. Therefore, burndown applications should be made when weeds are small but actively growing. Fall burndown strategies will give you a head start against weeds in the spring, but a preemergence application should still be applied prior to planting. Coming out of winter with clearer fields means you’ll spend less time cleaning them up and can get right to planting.

  • IN-FURROW STRATEGIES TO START THE SEASON STRONG

    Protecting plants with foliar applications is important, but they face a lot of challenges before they ever leave the ground that could greatly affect their performance come harvest. In-furrow crop protection and nutrient applications protect young, susceptible plants and help them fight damaging setbacks in the soil.

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    IN-FURROW STRATEGIES TO START THE SEASON STRONG

    Protecting plants with foliar applications is important, but they face a lot of challenges before they ever leave the ground that could greatly affect their performance come harvest. In-furrow crop protection and nutrient applications protect young, susceptible plants and help them fight damaging setbacks in the soil. Providing an extra line of defense at this formative stage also helps them achieve their genetic potential, resulting in substantial yield gains. When determining how in-furrow strategies could work on your operation, consider the benefits, evaluate the tendencies and characteristics of your fields and then set a plan to get the most value out of every seed.

    Consider the Benefits

    Starting a crop off strong is imperative for a successful season because any yield potential lost at planting can’t be made up later. You may be wondering why adding in-furrow fungicide applications would be necessary if you already use a seed treatment, but the beauty of applying crop protection in-furrow is that it complements treated seed, picking up in areas they may lack. They also protect a larger area of influence for longer. Chemical seed treatments only last through germination, but in-furrow applications protect the seedling as well, allowing more plants to emerge, emerge faster and uniformly.

    With growers planting earlier and earlier, fragile seedlings are facing more unpredictable conditions and need as much support as possible. In-furrow application of crop protection inputs mitigates early planting risks by defending against challenges like cold, wet soil.

    Insecticides applied in-furrow can proactively protect your crop from early-season pests your fields face annually.

    In-furrow fertilizer application can also add benefit by providing nutrients right when and where the seedlings need them, allowing immediate access and supporting faster germination and emergence.

    Know Your Fields

    While there are many advantages to in-furrow technologies, the degree to which they benefit depends on soil test recommendations and other factors. If nutrient levels in your fields are already high, the advantages may not be as great as they would be if you experience poorly drained or cold soils.

    In terms of in-furrow fertilizers, overapplication of products containing too much salt could result in yield losses so consult with your fertilizer dealer or Extension resource to ensure the proper salt index for your field.

    Set Your Strategy

    With current technology, there are many ways to approach in-furrow strategies based on pest and weed pressures, nutrient deficiencies and soil profiles. However, there is often synergistic benefit to incorporating fungicides, insecticides and fertilizers for full-spectrum protection from both plant health and plant nutrition perspectives. This full-coverage approach improves early seedling vigor, enhances root growth, supports uniform emergence, and in turn, boosts yield potential.

    FMC offers in-furrow fungicides, insecticides and plant health products to assist you in whichever strategy you set. The 3RIVE 3D® application system also makes application at planting convenient by mounting to your planter and applying as you go.

  • COMBAT WEED RESISTANCE WITH COVER CROPS

    Traditionally, cover crops have been used by growers to prevent soil erosion of fields that would otherwise be left bare and susceptible to wind and water degradation. However, they also provide many other benefits for maintaining a healthy soil environment come cash crop season.

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    COMBAT WEED RESISTANCE WITH COVER CROPS

    Cover Crop Capabilities

    Traditionally, cover crops have been used by growers to prevent soil erosion of fields that would otherwise be left bare and susceptible to wind and water degradation. However, they also provide many other benefits for maintaining a healthy soil environment come cash crop season.

    Cover crops improve water and soil quality by adding organic matter to the soil. This is especially beneficial after harvesting crops like corn silage when most of the plant material is removed from the field. Additional organic matter can improve soil tilth, open the soil structure and allow water to infiltrate and percolate more easily, reducing runoff. Deep-rooting cover crops, like grass varieties, also loosen and aerate compacted soil, which improves conditions for crop emergence and root growth.

    Unused soil nutrients tend to leach out at the end of a growing season and may end up in groundwater. However, cover crops act as a trap, storing nutrients from manure, mineralized organic nitrogen or underutilized fertilizer. They protect groundwater quality by capturing nitrogen and other nutrients and keeping them from entering the water table. The captured nutrients are instead stored for use by the next crop, enhancing overall soil fertility.

    Combat Weed Resistance

    In addition to their soil improvement and environmental protection benefits, cover crops also help to smother weeds by competing with them for resources. They act as a mulch or physical barrier, suppressing seed germination of winter annual weed growth and cool-season perennials. They shade the soil, blocking light with their growing leaf canopy and consequently altering the soil surface temperature. Cover crops are an effective step in resistant weed control because they challenge weeds and suppress growth through physical means regardless of any chemical resistances.

    While cover crops are helpful in the management of weeds, they can’t do the job alone. They should be incorporated with complementary herbicide programs for the most effective protection.

    Selection and Management Tips

    There are many different options for cover crops, but they don’t all work the same way or achieve the same results. When deciding which is best for your operation, consider the following characteristics:

    • Life cycle of the crop and how it would fit into your rotation.
    • Seeding date and rate.
    • Winter hardiness and the ability to thrive in your climate.
    • Nitrogen fixation or scavenging ability based on the nutrient levels and needs of your fields.
    • Feed or forage value, if applicable.
    • Cost to implement.

    It’s also important to consider characteristics of the fields you’ll be planting them in. For example, factors like soil texture, seasonal rainfall, pest history, organic matter, pH levels and tillage practices will all affect cover crop performance. Soil testing is crucial for determining the soil pH and any nutrient limitations to help you choose a crop well-suited for your conditions. Considerable thought should also be given to any herbicides applied to your fields in the prior season. Some have residues that can carry over and damage sensitive rotational crops, so it’s important to read the labels and determine any restrictions.

    While these considerations can all help you make the best decision, some experimentation may be necessary to find the perfect fit. FMC offers several solutions for growers wanting to incorporate cover crops, such as great preemergent burndown products that will get new crops off to a good start and in-furrow protection products to help fight against damaging insects. Talk to your local retailer to learn more.

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