Firebird – the first line of defence for weed control in winter wheat and winter barley


Size matters, or so it seems for farmers! The popularity of Firebird has seen farmers requesting larger packs and this will see the introduction of a new 10L pack for 2015. Sitting alongside the existing 5L pack, both packs offer the advantages of fewer, larger packs resulting in easier transport, quicker tank filling and less waste to dispose of.

Firebird has quickly become the foundation of most farmers’ autumn herbicide programmes. They have recognised the benefits Firebird offers including consistent and effective control of a wide spectrum of broad leaved weeds along with annual poa and vulpia hair grass.  Combined this with the ease of a pre-emergence application applied at one simple rate. The result is a very convenient herbicide. But like all herbicides it is important to follow a few simple best use guidelines. We have put these together along with a number of stewardship guidelines aimed at maintaining the effectiveness of Firebird.


Firebird Benefits

The first line of defence against weeds for winter wheat and winter barley
  1. Firebird is simple to use which reduces time, mistakes and costs and at the same time increases profits
  2. Firebird provides a very cost-effective start to herbicide programmes by removing weeds before they can compete with your crops
  3. Firebird has a label claim for use on wheat and barley planted before the 31st July and so you can use the product with confidence
  4. Firebird controls a wide range of yield robbing weeds, which means using Firebird is straightforward
  5. Firebird provides residual control, allowing you to manage your workload, especially in winter wheat when time is short
  6. Firebird is based on non-ALS chemistry and so is a key resistance management tool
  7. Firebird is safe to the crop having been used on ‘000s hectares of cereals in New Zealand without any crop safety issues

Getting the best from Firebird

The first line of defence against weeds for winter wheat and winter barley

Follow these guidelines to ensure you get the best from Firebird.
  1. Prepare a moist, firm cultivated seedbed with a fine to medium tilth. Ensure clods are no larger than 3 cm and minimise trash.
  2. Always apply pre-emergence of the weeds, within 10 days of planting and to crops planted no later than the 31st July. Also apply prior to GS21 of the crop.
  3. Apply to the soil surface, do not incorporate and avoid subsequent disturbance.
  4. Apply using 200-300 L/ha water using flat fan 02 or 03 nozzles.
  5. Try and apply Firebird during mild, moist conditions as Firebird will work more quickly

Firebird Stewardship

The first line of defence against weeds for winter wheat and winter barley

Looking after Firebird is important. While there are no signs of resistance or reduced effectiveness of Firebird we need to maintain the effectiveness of all herbicides for as long as possible.

  1. Only apply Firebird to wheat and barley.
  2. Do not apply to crops planted after the 31st July or once the crop has reached GS21.
  3. Do not apply post-emergence of the weeds.
  4. Use a dose rate of 300 ml/ha Firebird.
  5. Only apply Firebird in mixture with other products that have a label claim for use on wheat or barley.
  6. Do not apply Firebird to soils with greater than 10% organic matter.
  7. Only apply Firebird once per paddock per season.
  8. Adhere to the withholding period of 42 days.
  9. In case of crop failure cultivate thoroughly and replant in the spring with wheat or barley.