Monthly Archives: February 2017

Get power to do more in your community

Lyndsie Kaehler
Corn Herbicides
Product Manager
Dow AgroSciences

When farmers achieve power over weeds with Resicore® herbicide, they spend less time worrying about yield-robbing waterhemp, marestail or ragweed and have the power to do more. That’s why Resicore is sponsoring a contest to give farmers the chance to visit their dream sports field and $10,000 to donate to a local sports field or community space. Three farmers will win!

Entering is easy — all your customers need to do is submit a photo that demonstrates the power on their farm and answer a few simple questions at PowerToDoMore.com by March 12, 2017. The photo might include their fields, family, friends, pets, equipment, livestock or whatever else represents power to the farmer.

If one of your customers is a winner, you, as the retailer, will win a $500 gift card. All you need to do is encourage your customers to enter.

Powerful performance in 2016 field trials

In 2016 Dow AgroSciences field trials across the Midwest, Resicore herbicide provided excellent control of the toughest weeds found in corn, such as lambsquarters, common ragweed, giant foxtail, glyphosate-resistant waterhemp and glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth. Seven to nine weeks after application, Resicore controlled 100 percent of lambsquarters, common ragweed and giant foxtail, plus 96 percent control of waterhemp. When tank-mixed with atrazine, Resicore controlled 93 percent of Palmer amaranth and increased waterhemp control to 99 percent.

With three unique modes of action, Resicore® herbicide controls more than 70 broadleaf weeds and grasses, including herbicide-resistant species. Resicore is powerful enough to be sprayed alone and it can also be tank-mixed with atrazine, glyphosate and other corn herbicides.

To learn more about how your customers can use Resicore to control tough weeds this season, visit PowerOverWeeds.com.

®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. ©2017 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Maximize nitrogen efficiency, uptake and profitability

Spring rain can dramatically increase nitrogen loss through leaching by pushing nitrogen lower into the soil profile.

Instinct® and N‑Serve® nitrogen stabilizers reduce leaching and extend nitrogen availability in the soil for up to eight weeks. By lengthening the time nitrogen is in the soil, Instinct and N‑Serve can help your customers achieve an average revenue increase of $21 per acre.*

In most cases, these two products extend nitrogen availability six to eight weeks during critical growth points in a corn plant’s development.

In addition to the yield and economic benefits of using Instinct or N‑Serve, there are also important environmental advantages of keeping nitrogen in the soil and out of waterways. Field trials show that the active ingredient in Instinct and N‑Serve effectively increase soil nitrogen retention by 28 percent while decreasing leaching into groundwater by more than 16 percent.**

N‑Serve has been used with confidence to maximize anhydrous ammonia applications for more than 40 years. Instinct, introduced in 2007, provides growers with a versatile alternative by effectively stabilizing other forms of nitrogen, including urea, UAN and liquid manure.

To calculate the profit your customers can achieve with an application of Instinct® and N‑Serve® nitrogen stabilizers, visit MaxInMaxOut.com or contact your Dow AgroSciences sales representative.

*Assuming $3/bu. corn and based on 20 Dow AgroSciences internal field trials from 2015, resulting in an average of 7 bu./A yield increase.

**Wolt, J.D. 2004. A meta-evaluation of nitrapyrin agronomic and environmental effectiveness with emphasis on corn production in the midwestern USA. Nutr. Cycl. Agroecosyst. 69:23–41. doi:10.1023/B:FRES.0000025287.52565.99.

Extend nitrogen availability with Instinct and N-Serve

Applying Instinct® or N‑Serve® nitrogen stabilizer with spring nitrogen applications can extend your customers’ nitrogen availability for up to eight weeks for maximum yield and profit.

®Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. Instinct 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. Do not fall-apply anhydrous ammonia south of Highway 16 in the state of Illinois. Always read and follow label directions. ©2017 Dow AgroSciences LLC  

Illinois grower keeps cornfields clean with SureStart® II herbicide

“We always have clean corn, and this year was no exception,” says Stan Metzger, Charleston, Illinois. Metzger uses SureStart® II herbicide to control troublesome weeds, such as marestail, cocklebur and waterhemp, on his farm.

Rain at planting can be challenging for growers trying to apply a preemergence herbicide, but Metzger overcomes weather delays by remaining patient and applying SureStart II before corn reaches 11 inches tall.

“The wide application window of preemergence to 11 inches gives you a lot of flexibility,” Metzger says.

Watch the video below to hear more from Metzger.

For more information about SureStart II, visit GetMoreTime.com.

®Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. SureStart II is not registered for sale or use in all states. SureStart II 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. ©2017 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Make a battle plan against your customers’ worst weeds

Without competition from troublesome weeds, such as waterhemp, marestail, giant ragweed and lambsquarters, soybean plants have the opportunity to grow to their full potential. Early season weed competition can significantly decrease yield at harvest because weeds deprive developing soybean plants of sun, water and nutrients they need for a strong start.

The most successful battle plans begin with a preemergence, residual herbicide, which prevents weeds from competing with soybeans during early stages of development.

Sonic® herbicide delivers long-lasting, broad-spectrum control to prevent weeds from invading your customers’ soybean fields. Sonic has two nonglyphosate modes of action and can be applied preemergence or up to three days after planting.

To help you learn more about soybean topics that matter to you and your customers, Dow AgroSciences has launched a retailer-exclusive online resource called OperationCleanFields.com. Visit Operation: Clean Fields often to read weekly articles, watch agronomic videos and take polls to hear from other retailers and help your customers battle their toughest weeds this season.

Operation Clean Fields icon

®Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. Sonic 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. ©2017 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Fight back against glyphosate-resistant weeds

Soybean farmers are no strangers to resistant weeds as 15 states in the United States have reported glyphosate-resistant weeds in the past 20 years.1 One of the best ways to help your customers get a handle on glyphosate-resistant weeds is to start with a clean field in the spring. In many cases, this means using tillage to have a clean seedbed and/or using a burndown herbicide before coming back with a soil-applied, residual herbicide.

“The only way to really claim back this territory from resistant weeds is to have a weed-free field going into harvest,” says Dave Ruen, field scientist, Dow AgroSciences.

Ruen adds that it is important to use proper herbicide rates. In many cases, this will be near or at the full use rate on the label. After applying a preemergence herbicide, scout fields for surviving weeds so you can select a proper postemergence herbicide with multiple modes of action that will be effective against glyphosate-resistant weeds.

As farmers contend with 16 glyphosate-resistant weed species,2 it’s important to recommend preemergence, residual herbicides with multiple modes of action to manage future resistance. Sonic® herbicide provides two nonglyphosate modes of action to control your customers’ worst broadleaf weeds.

To learn more about how your customers can battle herbicide-resistant weeds this spring, visit OperationCleanFields.com.

Palmer amaranth

Palmer amaranth continues to spread from the South to the upper Midwest, making it critical for soybean farmers to use preemergence, residual herbicides to control this glyphosate-resistant weed early.

1Heap, I. 2017. The International Survey of Herbicide Resistant Weeds. www.weedscience.org
2Take action on weeds. 2017. How weeds become resistant. http://takeactiononweeds.com/knowing-your-weeds/resistance/

®Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. Sonic 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. ©2017 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Saving pennies can cost dollars

Growers may be asking you to provide cheaper inputs this year, but you could be doing them a favor by suggesting they instead use the best products and practices for their operations.

Return on investment is key, especially with low commodity prices. A retailer who helps customers avoid knee-jerk decisions to pinch pennies on valuable inputs can give those customers the opportunity for higher yield and healthier profits.

“Remind growers to use products that pay for themselves in the form of more bushels per acre,” says Chris Byus, Enlist herbicides product manager for Dow AgroSciences. “Discuss crop protection needs as early as possible, emphasizing that return on investment for these technologies is high.”

Weeds can take a huge bite out of yield — and income — for your customers. The best way to protect their profit potential is with a sound weed management plan. That includes an effective early season residual product followed by postemergence herbicides offering different modes of action. Growers can use strong residuals such as Resicore® herbicide and SureStart® II herbicide for corn and Sonic® herbicide or Surveil® herbicide for soybeans.

Residuals followed by postemergence herbicides offering different modes of action not only provide a better opportunity for profit in 2017 but also slow the development of herbicide-resistant weeds.

“You really can’t afford to skimp even one year on crop protection,” Byus notes. “You may end up paying for years to come. The weed seedbank will grow, and those weeds can continue to emerge year after year.”

For instance, Palmer amaranth can become entrenched in just one summer. A single plant can produce half a million seeds — seeds your growers may struggle with for a decade or more.

“Multiple modes of action offer the best weed control strategy,” Byus notes. “The Enlist weed control system is designed to allow growers to adopt a program approach featuring multiple modes of action. It also allows growers to apply three modes of action postemergence.”

Growers can apply Enlist Duo® herbicide, a combination of new 2,4-D choline and glyphosate, to Enlist crops. Enlist corn also is tolerant to FOP herbicides, while Enlist soybeans and cotton are also tolerant to glufosinate.

“You want growers to know you’re taking care of them,” Byus says. “By helping them find cost-effective weed control tools, you’re building up their confidence in your knowledge. It pays to learn about new technologies such as the Enlist system to help growers find the solutions that help them make more money.”

®™Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. The Enlist weed control system is owned and developed by Dow AgroSciences LLC. Enlist Duo herbicide is not registered for sale or use in all states or counties. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your area. Resicore, Sonic, SureStart II and Surveil are not registered for sale or use in all states. Resicore and SureStart II 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. Always read and follow label directions. ©2017 Dow AgroSciences LLC

U.S. EPA registers Enlist Duo® herbicide for use in additional states

Dow AgroSciences continues to bring solutions to help growers get more yield from every acre. Recently, the company received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration for expanded use of Enlist Duo® herbicide. Pending state registrations, growers will be able to use Enlist Duo on Enlist cotton. Additionally, EPA expanded the existing registration of Enlist Duo for use in corn and soybeans to 19 additional states.

Dow AgroSciences developed Enlist Duo — a combination of glyphosate and new 2,4-D choline — to meet the needs of growers struggling with hard-to-control and resistant weeds. The Enlist weed control system allows growers to use multiple modes of action to target problem weeds in their fields.

For 2017, the Enlist cotton trait will be available exclusively in a number of high-yielding PhytoGen® brand varieties. This technology is stacked with Genuity® Roundup Ready® Flex and WideStrike® 3 Insect Protection to give growers season-long control of above-ground insects with industry-leading three-gene protection.

In addition, the EPA expanded the use of Enlist Duo on Enlist corn and Enlist soybeans to 19 additional states for a total of 34 states. Those states are:

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Once state registrations and import approvals are received, growers will be able to use this groundbreaking technology on corn, soybeans and cotton that contain the Enlist trait. See the state registration list for the current status of state registrations.

Visit Enlist.com to learn more about Enlist technology, including Enlist traits and Enlist Duo® herbicide with Colex-D® technology. To learn about grower experiences with the Enlist weed control system, check out Experiencing Enlist.

Enlist Duo application

State registrations for Enlist Duo® herbicide continue to roll in, giving cotton growers the ability to take full advantage of the Enlist weed control system.

®™DOW Diamond, Colex-D, Enlist, Enlist Duo, the Enlist Logo and WideStrike are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. ®PhytoGen is a trademark of PhytoGen Seed Company, LLC. PhytoGen Seed Company is a joint venture between Mycogen Corporation, an affiliate of Dow AgroSciences LLC, and the J.G. Boswell Company. ®Genuity and Roundup Ready are registered trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC. Always follow IRM, grain marketing and all other stewardship practices and pesticide label directions. Roundup Ready® crops contain genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate herbicides. Glyphosate herbicides will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. B.t. products may not yet be registered in all states. Check with your seed representative for the registration status in your state. The Enlist weed control system is owned and developed by Dow AgroSciences LLC. Enlist Duo herbicide is not registered for sale or use in all states or counties. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your area. Always read and follow label directions. ©2017 Dow AgroSciences LLC