For bermudagrass growers, sandbur is enemy number one. “Sandbur is the biggest threat to bermudagrass because it’s tough and continues to germinate over a long period of time, from February to August,” says Larry Perkins, manager of crop protection products with Abilene Ag, Abilene, Texas.
“DuPont™ Pastora® herbicide has done an incredible job controlling sandbur, he says. “We saw sandbur totally annihilated in fields that we had little hope for before Pastora® application. And if we are lucky enough to get summer rains, we can do multiple applications to control late-germinating sandbur seedheads.”
Broad-Spectrum Control Gets Sandbur and More
“Pastora® is the only product on the market that will control sandbur postemergence,” says Perkins, adding that Pastora® also offers broad-spectrum control of grasses and broadleaf weeds, including johnsongrass, pigweed, summer annual weeds and some of the tougher perennials. “It gives growers a double-whammy for controlling weeds.”
“In a good year, with plenty of moisture, our growers can produce six to eight tons of bermudagrass per acre. But if it is competing with another weed or grass for space, moisture or nutrients, bermudagrass will lose. That’s why an effective herbicide is so valuable. I give Pastora® a 10 out of 10 — it’s that good.”