Monthly Archives: January 2017

Helping growers choose effective herbicides that stay on target

Haley Nabors,Enlist field specialistDow AgroSciences

Haley Nabors
Enlist field specialist
Dow AgroSciences

Growers are anticipating new postemergence herbicide options for troublesome weeds. It may seem difficult to understand which technologies provide which benefits. The Enlist weed control system is designed to offer excellent weed control along with other advantages.

The Enlist system allows growers to use Enlist Duo® herbicide featuring Colex-D® technology in corn and soybeans. This technology is the real difference-maker for this landmark formulation. Colex-D technology enables growers to control weeds with less concern about drift and volatility than other potential solutions.

Enlist Duo is a combination of new 2,4-D choline and glyphosate, providing two valuable modes of action and four key benefits:

  • Minimized potential for physical drift: Compared with a tank mix of traditional 2,4-D and glyphosate, Enlist Duo herbicide with Colex-D technology reduces physical drift by up to 90 percent when applied with a low-drift nozzle.
  • Near-zero volatility: With new 2,4-D choline, volatility is reduced by 96 percent compared with 2,4-D ester.
  • Low odor: Users report there’s very little odor, a definite improvement on traditional 2,4-D formulations.
  • Improved handling characteristics: No salting out in the tank and better cold temperature stability for winter storage. And tank cleanout is simple: Growers can rinse with water — 10 percent of the sprayer volume — when moving to glyphosate-tolerant corn. For all other crops, all that’s required is a triple rinse with water.

Enlist Duo works in the real world. For instance, the label features manageable buffer requirements. There is no field separation needed when applying Enlist Duo next to fields with corn or soybeans that do not contain the Enlist trait. The registered label for Enlist Duo® herbicide includes a 30-foot downwind buffer for sensitive areas.

We continue to have a grower-friendly federal label, registered by the Environmental Protection Agency for use on Enlist corn and soybeans, which makes Enlist Duo an easier-to-use herbicide for growers. We’ve seen that when growers experience the weed control, ease of use and lack of off-target movement, they prefer the Enlist system.

Enlist Duo offers valuable flexibility. Growers can choose from 23 approved nozzles for application. In addition, there are nearly 140 tank-mix products available for use with Enlist Duo.

Retailers can provide additional benefits to customers by understanding these advantages and helping growers make decisions that will control tough weeds and preserve peace of mind in these days when herbicide movement is creating increasing concern.

Visit Enlist.com to learn more about the technology in the Enlist weed control system, including Enlist traits and Enlist Duo herbicide with Colex-D technology. You also can visit our YouTube channel or follow us on Twitter at @Enlist Online.

Enlist Duo® herbicide with Colex-D® technology delivers a 90 percent reduction in drift potential when applied with approved low-drift nozzles.

Enlist Duo® herbicide with Colex-D® technology delivers a 90 percent reduction in drift potential when applied with approved low-drift nozzles.

®™DOW Diamond, Colex-D, Enlist, Enlist Duo and the Enlist Logos are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. Enlist Duo is not registered for sale or use in all states. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. Always read and follow label directions. ©2016 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Midwest corn growers find success with Resicore® herbicide

Corn growers across the country have experienced long-lasting residual weed control from Resicore® herbicide. With three powerful modes of action, Resicore delivers the residual activity growers need for long-lasting weed control.

“The weed control that Resicore has provided for my fields this year has lasted much longer than any herbicide I have used in the past,” says Missouri grower Denny Mertz.

Watch the video below to see results from the 2016 season.

For more powerful examples of Resicore, visit PowerOverWeeds.com or contact your Dow AgroSciences sales representative.

®Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. Resicore is not registered for sale or use in all states. Resicore is not available for sale, distribution or use in Nassau and Suffolk counties in the state of New York. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. Always read and follow label directions. ©2016 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Retailer who applied Enlist Duo® herbicide happy with results

While growers who’ve used the Enlist weed control system report excellent success, retailers who are visiting and working with these growers are equally impressed. They’re seeing the same performance and benefits as growers in fields treated with Enlist Duo.

In Jamesport, Missouri, Jarett Webb, location manager for GFG Ag Services, LLC, got a first-hand look at the Enlist system this year. He applied Enlist Duo for customer Josh Turner, who grew Enlist E3 soybeans.

“I was very pleased, very satisfied with this technology,” Webb says. “It worked great.”

Enlist Duo is a combination of new 2,4-D choline and glyphosate. It controls tough weeds by offering two modes of action. It fits well into a program approach, allowing growers to use multiple modes of action by applying a burndown treatment, a preemergence residual and a postemergence application.

Webb says waterhemp and ragweed are the primary challenges facing most growers in his area, which is in north-central Missouri.

“Some of these weeds seem to be resistant to darn near everything,” Webb says. “It can cause tremendous yield loss.”

With approximately 60 percent of acres in no-till production, area growers are relying more heavily on herbicides to control weeds. Webb says this puts more pressure on herbicides to perform.

Surprising lack of drift
Webb sprayed two fields for Turner, both of which sit on higher ground.

“We had a little breeze the day I applied the Enlist Duo,” Webb says. “I saw no drift from the back of the sprayer. In fact, in the first field, I got down out of the cab to make sure the herbicide was coming out of the nozzles. I couldn’t believe there was no drift.”

The other thing that impressed Webb was the lack of traditional 2,4-D odor. “It was amazing,” he says. “It didn’t have any odor. Zero.”

Quick effects on weeds
Another surprising aspect Webb discovered was how quickly Enlist Duo® began to work on weeds. He says weeds were beginning to wilt within an hour to an hour and a half.

After seeing the Enlist weed control system in action on Turner’s farm, Webb expects to see more Enlist Duo herbicide in his area.

“I think this technology will take off really quickly,” he says. “Several farmers in the area are talking about it. It provides excellent weed control and drift control. Plus, it’s fast-acting.”

Retailers can learn more about the Enlist system from an Enlist field specialist or a Dow AgroSciences sales representative. A prepared retailer can help customers find solutions to the weed issues they face in their fields.

Visit Enlist.com to learn more about the technology in the Enlist weed control system, including Enlist traits and Enlist Duo herbicide with Colex-D® technology. You also can visit our YouTube channel or follow us on Twitter at @EnlistOnline.

Jarett Webb applies Enlist Duo® herbicide with Colex-D® technology to Josh Turner’s Enlist E3™ soybean field.

Jarett Webb applies Enlist Duo® herbicide with Colex-D® technology to Josh Turner’s
Enlist E3 soybean field.

®™DOW Diamond, Colex-D, Enlist, Enlist Duo, Enlist E3 and the Enlist Logos are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. Enlist E3 soybeans were jointly developed by Dow AgroSciences and MS Technologies. Enlist Duo is not registered for sale or use in all states. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. Always read and follow label directions. ©2016 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Act early to ensure a weed-free start

Controlling high-anxiety weeds with a preemergence soybean herbicide can ensure a weed-free seedbed at planting.

Research in 43 trials across 15 states documented greater than 90 percent control for several high-anxiety, glyphosate-resistant weeds. Labeled rates of Sonic® herbicide consistently control common weeds, such as morningglory, velvetleaf, waterhemp and prickly sida.

Surveil® herbicide has two nonglyphosate modes of action to outsmart a wide range of difficult weeds.

Surveil® herbicide has two nonglyphosate modes of action to outsmart a wide range of difficult weeds.

The residual control offered by Sonic manages weeds well into the season. Four weeks after application, efficacy rates remained strong for some of soybean growers’ most troublesome weeds. According to the multisite research trials, Sonic provided 93 percent Palmer amaranth control, 98 percent waterhemp control, 98 percent morningglory control and 93 percent lambsquarters control.

Surveil® herbicide is another new option for soybean growers battling hard-to-control broadleaf weeds. According to Dow AgroSciences’ research trials from 2013 to 2015, four weeks after an application of 2.8 ounces per acre of Surveil, common waterhemp remained 97 percent controlled, Palmer amaranth was 92 percent controlled and lambsquarters was 85 percent controlled. Text Surveil to 31313 to see the advanced formulation of Surveil in action.

For more information about reducing early season weed competition, visit BattleWeeds.com.

®Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. Sonic and Surveil are not registered for sale or use in all states. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. Always read and follow label directions.

What you see is what you target

It pays to know your enemy. The advice applies to problem weeds that growers see in their fields at harvest. The species that posed problems in 2016 are most likely the ones they’ll need to control in 2017.

Retailers can help growers develop sound weed management programs to handle the tough weeds they’ll need to address in each field.

“Lots of growers do a good job taking note of what they see before and during harvest,” says David Hillger, Ph.D., Enlist field specialist. “In addition to identifying the weeds they usually battle, they need to keep an eye out for new species.”

Some growers in Hillger’s area are starting to see Palmer amaranth. This tough-to-control weed can produce hundreds of thousands of seeds per plant, especially if growers let it survive until harvest.

Building a better weed trap
Hillger suggests identifying the problem weeds and coming up with a program that will lessen their impact next year. Adjusting a preemergence and residual program can help growers keep pressure on some of these recently arriving species.

“Examine the residual program,” he says. “It may be valuable to consider fall-applied options. Some growers have had success controlling marestail this way. Fall application also can reduce dependence on spring applications, which may be at the mercy of the weather.”

In some cases, it may pay to switch the crop itself. For instance, planting corn may allow growers to tap additional herbicide options to provide stout residual control. The ability to use Enlist Duo® herbicide postemergence on Enlist corn and soybeans — along with other modes of action preemergence — can broaden control for many difficult weed species.

Scout, plan, act
Scouting can pay big dividends, but only if growers follow up with changes in their weed management to target weeds that are escaping under their current program. Hillger suggests growers take advantage of different modes of action to manage the weeds that are causing the greatest threat to yield.

To learn how the Enlist weed control system can help, contact an Enlist field specialist or a Dow AgroSciences sales representative. Visit Enlist.com to learn more about Enlisttechnology, including Enlist traits and Enlist Duo® herbicide with Colex-D® technology. You also can visit our YouTube channel or follow us on Twitter at @EnlistOnline.

Knowing the weed species that challenge a given field allows growers to develop a sound weed management program that results in clean fields at harvest.

Knowing the weed species that challenge a given field allows growers to develop a sound weed management program that results in clean fields at harvest.

®™DOW Diamond, Colex-D, Enlist, Enlist Duo and the Enlist Logos are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. Enlist Duo is not registered for sale or use in all states. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. Always read and follow label directions. ©2016 Dow AgroSciences LLC

The enormous cost of uncontrolled weeds

Early season weed competition can result in irreversible yield loss at harvest. Although most growers recognize the value of maintaining herbicide programs proven to work on their farm, unsteady commodity prices may sway some growers to gamble on switching programs in 2017. One scenario growers cannot afford is skipping a residual herbicide.

“It will be increasingly common for growers to spend more time shopping for the best deals on active herbicides they’re familiar with,” says Scott Pringnitz, market development specialist, Dow AgroSciences. “Many growers understand that the best way to lower their cost per bushel or, in some cases, minimize their loss, is to choose inputs that provide the best yield results.”

Early season weed pressure can create the opposite effect — yield loss and more input costs later in the season. Although any weed can cause problems at high populations, waterhemp, Palmer amaranth, marestail, giant ragweed, morningglory and burcucumber are the most challenging to manage with single-application herbicide programs. Research from South Dakota State University found that early season weed competition can result in a 40-bushel-per-acre yield loss.

“Growers simply cannot be profitable if they fail to keep these weeds under control,” Pringnitz says. “A residual herbicide is the best money spent in controlling many of these challenging weeds. If weeds are allowed to get very large, growers may not have any options to control them or protect yield regardless of how much he or she is willing to spend.”

Corn growers can gain powerful residual control of early season weeds, including waterhemp, marestail and Palmer amaranth, with Resicore® herbicide. Resicore has a novel formulation of three leading active ingredients and three nonglyphosate and nonatrazine modes of action for residual control deep into the growing season.

To help growers manage their input costs, Dow AgroSciences has partnered with Rabo AgriFinance to offer zero percent financing on Resicore and other crop protection products. Learn how your customers can apply at DowGrowerFinancing.com.

To learn more about Resicore and early season weed control, visit PowerOverWeeds.com or contact your Dow AgroSciences sales representative.

®Resicore is a trademark of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. Resicore is not registered for sale or use in all states. Resicore is not available for sale, distribution or use in Nassau and Suffolk counties in the state of New York. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. Always read and follow label directions. ©2016 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Dow AgroSciences introduces 0% financing on crop protection products

Dow AgroSciences is partnering with Rabo AgriFinance to offer convenient 0% financing to growers who purchase participating crop protection products by March 31, 2017.

Some of the participating products include:

  • Corn herbicides: Resicore®, SureStart® II, FulTime® NXT, Hornet® WDG, Keystone® LA NXT, Keystone NXT and Surpass® NXT
  • Soybean herbicides: Sonic® and Surveil®
  • Nitrogen stabilizers: Instinct® II, Instinct® HL and N-Serve®
  • Insecticides: Blackhawk®, Cobalt® Advanced, Delegate® and Transform®
  • Plus, many cereals herbicides, specialty herbicides and fungicides. See the full list here.

To help growers manage their input costs, Dow AgroSciences is also offering bonus incentives to growers who purchase qualifying seed brands. In the Northern states identified here, there is a 2 percent financing bonus on qualified crop protection purchases for growers who purchase 40 units of corn seed or 160 units of soybean seed from the following brands: Mycogen®, Brodbeck Seeds, Dairyland Seed®, Pfister Seeds or Prairie Brand Seed®.

For more information about qualifying products, retailer eligibility and grower requirements, visit DowGrowerFinancing.com.

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®™DOW Diamond, Blackhawk, Brodbeck Seeds, Cobalt, Dairyland Seed, Delegate, FulTime, Hornet, Instinct, Keystone, Mycogen, N-Serve, Pfister Seeds, Prairie Brand Seed, Resicore, Sonic, SureStart, Surpass, Surveil and Transform are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. Cobalt Advanced, FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT and Keystone NXT are federally Restricted Use Pesticides. Blackhawk, Cobalt Advanced, FulTime NXT, Instinct HL, Instinct II, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, Resicore, Sonic, SureStart II, Surpass NXT, Surveil and Transform are not registered for sale or use in all states. FulTime NXT, Keystone LA NXT, Keystone NXT, Resicore, SureStart II and Surpass NXT are not available for sale, distribution or use in Nassau and Suffolk counties in the state of New York. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. State restrictions on the sale and use of Hornet WDG apply. Consult the label before purchase or use for full details. Do not fall-apply anhydrous ammonia south of Highway 16 in the state of Illinois. Always read and follow label directions. ©2016 Dow AgroSciences LLC