Command labeled for pre-transplant weed control in banana peppers in Michigan

All peppers grown in Michigan are now included on Command 3ME herbicide label.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) has approved a request from FMC Corporation for a Special Local Needs Section 24c label for use of Command 3ME herbicide in banana peppers. Now all peppers grown in Michigan are included on Command labels. Command is an effective preemergence herbicide with activity against most annual grasses and several broadleaf weeds. It is very effective against the broadleaves common lambsquarters, common purslane, common ragweed and velvetleaf. It has fair to good activity against white campion (white cockle), common groundsel, galinsoga, wild mustards and smartweeds. It provides moderate control of pigweeds, and does not control horseweed and nightshades.

Using Command in combination with Devrinol, Treflan, Prowl H2O or Dual Magnum provides almost season-long control of most annual grasses and several broadleaves. If nightshade or pigweed is present in a field, Dual Magnum should be the tank-mix partner. Many other broadleaves can be controlled post-emergence with Sandea. Emerged grasses can be controlled post-emergence with Poast or SelectMax.

In field research, banana peppers treated with Command consistently produced high yields of mature peppers. The added grass and broadleaf weed control with Command allows the pepper plants to use all available water and nutrients for fruit production.

This new label is an important factor in production of banana peppers, which has increased in importance and acreage in Michigan in recent years, according to Michigan State University Extension. We greatly appreciate the cooperation of FMC Corporation and MDARD in obtaining this label.

Dr. Zandstra’s work is funded in part by MSU’s AgBioResearch.

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