Rain at planting, spraying delays and replanting: The first half of 2017 has been a lesson in perseverance. In the last three Inputs & Insights issues, readers have shared their opinions on a broad range of crop protection topics, including selling herbicides, helping customers at planting and nitrogen stabilizer benefits. Here is a look at the results from recent poll questions.
In April, readers shared the key benefits they discuss most with their customers when recommending a nitrogen stabilizer. ”Reduced nitrogen loss” and “Extended nitrogen availability during crop’s growth stages” topped the list followed by “Increased yield”. When it comes to reducing nitrogen loss, Instinct® and N-Serve® nitrogen stabilizers work below the soil’s surface to extend nitrogen availability up to eight weeks in soil temperatures above 50 F.
Retailers provide many valuable services to farmers at planting, including planning for the year and answering questions about products. In February, 88 percent of readers said they primarily help customers by developing weed management plans, ensuring field fertility and delivering product. According to one reader, the most valuable service retailers provide to customers is “being there for them when they need you.”
Before helping customers at planting, retailers can face challenges when selling herbicides. In January, the majority of readers said their biggest challenge to selling herbicides is finding the right product to combat herbicide resistance. Readers also reported price and new technology that may not be familiar to customers as notable challenges.
When it comes to battling herbicide-resistant weeds, such as waterhemp, marestail and giant ragweed, Dow AgroSciences recommends using a program approach that starts with preemergence, residual herbicides followed by timely postemergence applications. This includes using Resicore® and SureStart® II herbicides in corn, Sonic® and Surveil® herbicides in soybeans, and Enlist Duo® herbicide as part of the Enlist™ weed control system in both corn and soybeans.
We enjoy hearing from you in each issue and invite you to take this month’s poll. For more information about Dow AgroSciences crop protection products, please contact your Dow AgroSciences sales representative or visit dowagro.com.