Real estate professionals say the keys to success are location, location, location. This can apply to herbicide trait technologies as well. Knowing what crops and plants are nearby can make a world of difference to farmers. Retailers can help their customers place herbicide-trait technologies where they’ll have the most opportunity to deliver maximum returns.
“Farmers need to consider field placement,” says Dan Puck, Enlist™ field specialist. “They should pick locations that allow them to get the maximum benefits from the herbicide traits in the varieties they plant. In most cases, this involves planting these traits in fields where they can use herbicides that provide the best control of problem weeds.”
Puck suggests placing Enlist E3™ soybeans in fields that have resistant or tough-to-control weeds. The ability to apply Enlist One® and Enlist Duo® herbicides on top of these varieties will help handle these difficult weeds.
“Using the Enlist trait in areas near compatible crops helps ensure a farmer is able to use the best herbicide for the job,” Puck says. “Crops such as non-Enlist soybeans, corn, wheat, alfalfa and peanuts are compatible with Enlist herbicides.”
Compatible crops are those that are not listed as susceptible crops on Enlist herbicide labels. Puck emphasizes there are no wind direction restrictions when spraying near these compatible crops.
“No field separation is required,” he says. “You can apply right up next to any of these crops.”
Retailers can help farmers set up their weed control programs.
“Retailers and their customers should discuss each field to come up with weed control solutions,” Puck says. “The first step is to identify the weeds that are causing problems. Then pick a trait package that allows the use of herbicides effective against those weeds. Finally, take a holistic approach to put together a program that controls those weeds from preplanting through harvest.”
Using multiple herbicide modes of action is the best tactic for immediate control of weeds as well as limiting the development of higher populations of resistant and hard-to-control weeds. Take a prescriptive approach to weed control based on weed spectrum and pressure.
Discuss your customers’ needs and help them find the solutions that offer the best opportunity for weed control success.