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.”