When vegetable farmer friends buy pesticides, dealers will recommend silicone additives. So what exactly is this silicone used for?

Organosilicon, broadly speaking, refers to compounds that contain SI-C bonds and at least one organic group is directly connected to a silicon atom, which is called an organosilicon compound. The application of organic silicon in agriculture did not begin commercial use until the 1980s. The widespread application of organic silicon has made a huge contribution to agricultural development. Why do you say that?

Farmers all know that in the process of crop management, we must use pesticides. In order to improve the effectiveness of pesticide use, pesticide synergists are added to pesticides. Pesticide synergist is an important auxiliary in pesticides. It is inactive by itself, but when mixed with corresponding pesticides, it can significantly improve the utilization rate of pesticides. Organic silicon is the most widely used synergistic additive in current agricultural production. So what are the characteristics of mixing organic silicon with pesticides?

  1. The excellent wetting properties of silicone enable the liquid to spread quickly on the leaf surface, enhance the adhesion of the liquid, improve the utilization rate of pesticides, reduce the loss of liquid, and prevent pesticides from seeping into the ground and causing water pollution.
  2. Silicone additives can significantly enhance the adhesion and spreading force of the liquid on the surface of plants or pests, improve the utilization rate of pesticides, accelerate the absorption rate of pesticides by pests, improve the insecticidal effect to a certain extent, and thus reduce the number of sprays. Reduce pesticide use.
  3. Silicone promotes the penetration of systemic agents through pores, improves resistance to rain erosion, and does not require re-spraying after rain.
  4. It can reduce pesticide usage and water consumption per unit area, reduce pesticide pollution, and reduce pesticide residues. Can be used in conjunction with insecticides, fungicides and plant growth regulators.

So here comes the question. Since silicone is so effective when mixed with pesticides, can our farmer friends add silicone additives at will when spraying any pesticide? Obviously not!

It cannot be ruled out that some agricultural material dealers deliberately promote silicone in order to make money, because there will be no adverse reactions with or without the addition of this silicone additive, which is why agricultural material dealers dare to strongly recommend it. So how should farmer friends choose?

A.Not all pesticides require the addition of additives

Some pesticides have actually added certain surfactants during the production process, and if these pesticides are used and add additives such as silicone again, they may cause phytotoxicity.

B.In actual use, it is better to have less than more.

The dosage of silicone must be used strictly in accordance with the instructions. Do not increase the concentration at will, as this can easily cause phytotoxicity. It is best to apply pesticides at the same time before 10 am and after 4 pm to avoid high temperature application.

Although silicon is a trace element required for plant growth and participates in the growth of plant cells, silicon is not an essential element for plant growth. With silicon, crops will grow better, and without it, it will not have much impact. Organic silicon is very important in agriculture. It is only used as an additive, not to supplement silicon. Farmers need to be clear about this. Source: Agricultural Materials and Markets