Asked by: Mamun Maridueña
asked in category: General Last Updated: 1st March, 2020

What do they use to defoliate cotton?

Aim herbicide may be used as a harvest aid to defoliate and desiccate cotton. It should be used in a tank mixture with other cotton harvest aids. Aim may be tank mixed with Dropp, Def, Finish, Prep, Folex, Harvade, Ginstar, CottonQuik, or other registered cotton defoliation products.

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Keeping this in view, what is defoliation in cotton?

Defoliation is the application of chemicals to encourage or force cotton leaves to drop from the plant, allowing harvest of the crop in a timely manner. Killing the leaf too rapidly results in a leaf that is frozen or “stuck” to the plant, creating unnecessary trash.

One may also ask, which chemical is used as defoliant to improve boll opening in cotton? Sodium Chlorate (Numerous Brands Available): Higher rates of sodium chlorate may act as a desiccant, tending to stick leaves on the cotton plant. At normal use rates for defoliation, sodium chlorate is generally not as effective as the other defoliants.

People also ask, what do they spray on cotton fields?


  • Defoliants are used as an aid in the harvesting of certain crops such as cotton.
  • 2,4-D, one of the first chemical herbicides used as a defoliant.
  • U.S. Army Huey helicopter spraying Agent Orange over agricultural land during the Vietnam War.

Is cotton defoliant harmful to humans?

Causes irreversible eye damage. Causes skin irritation. Harmful if inhaled or absorbed through skin. Avoid contact with eyes, skin, clothing, and avoid breathing spray mist.

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