LATE SEASON HARVEST AID DESICCATION OF STRIPPER COTTON OR SPINDLE-HARVESTED COTTON IN TEXAS
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS AND INFORMATION
Do not apply this product through any type of irrigation system.
When FIRESTORM is applied at less than 10 gallons per acre finished spray volume, a drift control or spray deposition additive SHOULD be used. Always refer to the additive label for rates of applications, directions for use, limitations, and restrictions.
FIRESTORM is a contact herbicide for control or suppression of a broad spectrum of emerged weeds including most small annual broadleaf and grass weeds. It can also be used to suppress perennial weeds by destroying green foliage and as a desiccant/defoliant at harvest.
Complete coverage of target weeds is necessary to get good control because FIRESTORM is a contact-type herbicide. It is also necessary to obtain complete coverage for good crop desiccation and defoliations. Undesirable weed control and undesirable crop desiccation/defoliation will result if improper application technique and/or application to large, stressed, or mown weeds are made. Refer to the following details for specific application instructions.
FIRESTORM is a liquid formulation containing 3 lbs. of active ingredient per gallon. It contains a nontoxic odor to help prevent accidental ingestions. It also contains an emetic (an agent which will induce vomiting if the product is swallowed).
Thorough coverage of all green foliage is required for efficacious weed control and crop defoliation and desiccation because FIRESTORM requires actively growing green plant tissue to function.
Drought-stressed weeds, weeds with little green foliage (i.e., mowed or cut weeds), or mature woody bark of trees and vines are unaffected by application with FIRESTORM.
There is no residual soil activity to affect later-planted crops or later germinating weeds because clay and organic matter rapidly tie up FIRESTORM.
Rain occurring 30 minutes or more after application will have no effect on the activity of FIRESTORM because it is rapidly absorbed by the weed foliage.
RATES OF FIRESTORM
With each use, follow rates listed in the following tables. When weeds are larger or are dense, use the higher label rates. For use as a harvest aid, use higher rate when crop vegetation is dense.
Do not exceed 0.50 lbs. a.i./A in a minimum of 30 gallons of spray for broadcast applications with backpack sprayers.
With each use, follow minimum spray volumes listed in the following tables. Spray volumes should be increased as necessary to obtain complete coverage of the target weed or plant without runoff from the foliage, because the volumes listed are minimum volumes only.
TARGET WEEDS SHOULD NOT EXCEED SIX INCHES IN HEIGHT WHEN SPRAYING LESS THAN 20 GALLONS OF SPRAY CARRIER PER ACRE.
Applications should be made to small emerged weeds. Larger weeds more than 6 inches in height may be more difficult to control than weeds 1-6 inches in height. If possible, when green foliage is removed either from grazing or mowing, allow the weeds to grow 2-4 inches in height. Also, during harvesting forage or grain crops before spraying, weeds present in the field are also cut. Therefore, raise cutter bars as high as possible from the ground to cut stubble and weeds at a greater height, allowing sufficient green foliage to remain for applications.
BURNDOWN OF GRASS COVER CROPS OR VOLUNTEER CEREALS
The best results occur for control of grass cover crops or volunteer cereals when FIRESTORM is applied prior to tillering or after boot stage, especially with a wheat cover crop or volunteer wheat. Complete control may not be achieved with treatments made between tillering and boot stage. Complete control of perennial cover crops should not be expected.
This product is active over a wide range of environmental conditions such as cool (below 55°F), cloudy or overcast weather. However these conditions will slow the activity of FIRESTORM.
Refer to the following table if only small areas are to be sprayed with labeled applications.
USE PRECAUTIONS AND RESTRICTIONS
FIRESTORM is corrosive to aluminum. Thoroughly flush all aluminum spray equipment and aluminum aircraft structures that are exposed to spray solution or spray drift with water immediately after use.
The activity of FIRESTORM may be reduced in dry areas where dust stirred up by high winds or equipment tires can coat weed or plant leaves. Therefore, avoid applications in extremely dusty conditions.
LIMITATIONS AND PRECAUTIONS
- Unless otherwise indicated, FIRESTORM will severely injure or kill crop plants emerged at time of application if they come in contact with sprays.
- Do not pasture livestock in treated fields or feed treated foliage in cotton when this product is used as a cotton harvest aid.
- Do not use around home gardens, schols, recreational parks , or playgrounds.
- Do not apply to soils lacking clay minerals such as peat, muck, pure sand, artificial planting media for preplant and preemergence (to the crop) uses.
- To enable maximum weed and grass emergence prior to treatment, seedbeds and plantbeds should be formed as far ahead of planting and treatment as possible.
- Avoid disturbing soil when seeding or transplanting.
- Transplanted plants may become damaged when they come in contact with plastic mulch used for preplant weed control and that has been treated with this product. To prevent damage to the crop, sufficient wash-off such as rainfall or sprinkler irrigation prior to planting may be needed.
- FIRESTORM will be ineffective in controlling or suppressing weeds and grasses that have emerged after application.
Harvest Aid Applications on Cotton in Texas (except in the counties of Starr, Hidalgo, Willacy, and Cameron)
Up to three multiple broadcast harvest aid applications of FIRESTORM may be used. If multiple applications are made, allow 7 days between applications.
LATE SEASON HARVEST AID DESICCATION OF STRIPPER COTTON OR SPINDLE-HARVESTED COTTON
- Use to desiccate regrowth occurring after defoliation or desiccation.
- Development of immature bolls will be inhibited. Slice bolls and inspect the seed for maturity.
- To avoid leaf sticking, apply FIRESTORM as a desiccant approximately 3 to 7 days after defoliation or a conditioning application and 7 to 14 days before harvest.
- Lower rates in the range may be necessary south of I-10 in Texas where temperatures are typically higher during defoliation.