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TIRONI, S.P. et al. Efficiency of a reduced herbicide rate for Brachiaria brizantha control in sugarcane. Planta daninha [online]. 2012, vol.30, n.4, pp. 791-798. ISSN 0100-8358. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-83582012000400013.
At different growth stages, weeds present different sensitivities to herbicides. Thus, the registered herbicide rate may be reduced under specific conditions, while maintaining satisfactory weed control. This study evaluated the efficiency of reduced rates of the formulated herbicide mixture Velpar K WG® (hexazinone + diuron) + Volcane® (MSMA) for Brachiaria brizantha control at different growth stages. Optimum weed control efficiency was obtained when applying 50% of the recommended rate in younger plants (plants with one to four leaves). In late applications, it is necessary to increase the herbicide rates and, under these conditions, 90% of the recommended rate for (diuron + hexazinone) + MSMA was estimated to be the most economical one.
Keywords : Saccharum spp.; hexazinone; diuron; MSMA.