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preemergence

[pree-i-mur-juh ns] /ˌpri ɪˈmɜr dʒəns/
adjective
1.
occurring or applied before the emergence of a plant from the soil:
preemergence herbicide.
Also, pre-emergence.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; pre- + emergence
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  • Herbicides evaluated included selected granular or liquid applied preemergence herbicides at the label rate and twice that rate.
  • For normal varieties, both preemergence and postemergence herbicides will be used in accordance with the weed spectrum.
  • In soybeans, one preemergence application is allowed per season.
  • preemergence application immediately after planting.
  • Herbicides that are applied before weeds emerge are preemergence herbicides.
  • Apply preemergence or early post emergence to boot stage.
  • Some weed control products contain both a fertilizer and a preemergence herbicide.
  • Weed control for pot-in-pot production using preemergence herbicides.

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