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More farmers learning benefits of Enlist™ soybeans this summer

Jonathan Siebert

Jonathan Siebert
Enlist field sales leader
Dow AgroSciences

A mild winter and a wet spring may be providing weeds an ideal opportunity to get established early this growing season. These conditions also may be giving some farmers an ideal opportunity to learn about Enlist Duo® herbicide in their own fields.

This summer, seed production growers are raising Enlist soybeans under the Dow AgroSciences Field Forward program. They’re getting a first-hand look at this novel weed control technology before it is commercially available.

Like other farmers who’ve planted Enlist soybeans, they’re anticipating excellent control of even the toughest weeds. You can follow some of these soybean producers throughout the growing season on Experiencing Enlist as they apply Enlist Duo herbicide in their fields and share their experiences with this new technology.

Enlist Duo is a proprietary blend of glyphosate and 2,4-D choline. It provides excellent postemergence weed control in Enlist crops: soybeans, corn and cotton. Dow AgroSciences is prepared to launch Enlist soybeans once necessary import approvals are obtained.

Visit Experiencing Enlist to see what farmers are saying about the new technology. These timely reports will help you and your customers learn more about the Enlist weed control system. Also check out our YouTube channel or follow us on Twitter at @EnlistOnline.

Enlist soybeans

Farmers from around the Midwest are growing Enlist soybeans for seed production under the Field Forward program. See their stories on Experiencing Enlist throughout the growing season.

®™DOW Diamond, Colex-D, Enlist, Enlist Duo and the Enlist Logo are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. 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 

Dow AgroSciences awards $10,000 to three communities in Power to Do More contest

Thousands of votes have been cast and three farmers have been awarded the power to do more with a $10,000 donation to their community. Of the 10 finalists in the Power to Do More contest sponsored by Resicore® herbicide, Chad Hibma of Harris, Iowa, Curt Robbins of Fairfield, Illinois and Lee Stammen of Fort Recovery, Ohio, were the top three to receive the most votes and each earn a trip for two to their dream sports field.

“Each of the winning farmers has a unique and powerful story, and we’re excited to share it,” says Lyndsie Kaehler, U.S. corn herbicides product manager, Dow AgroSciences. “In addition to donating a total of $37,000 to 10 community organizations, we are creating short videos to showcase the power of our three winning farmers later this year. We recognize the long hours farmers spend in their fields, and we look forward to giving three farmers the power to do more off of the farm, too.”

Dow AgroSciences is donating a total of $37,000, with $10,000 to the three winning communities and an additional $1,000 to the communities of the remaining seven finalists. 

Between April 24 and May 21, friends, family and neighbors of the 10 contest finalists cast thousands of votes for their favorite finalist and community. Each finalist had previously entered the contest by submitting a unique photo and story about the power of their operations, many of which included family, farm equipment and picturesque landscapes. Resicore® herbicide, the sponsor of this contest, was designed to give farmers power over weeds and versatility to control more than 70 tough weeds that rob corn yield, profit and time.

As a winner of the Power to Do More contest, Hibma will receive two tickets to a football game at Sports Authority Field in Denver this fall, plus $10,000 for the Harris Lake Park FFA chapter of the National FFA Organization.

A diehard Chicago Bears fan, Robbins will receive a trip for two to Soldier Field in Chicago plus $10,000 for the Fairfield Community High School football field.

Stammen, who earned the Fort Recovery High School’s first FFA State Star Farmer award in 2006, will receive a $10,000 donation for the Fort Recovery FFA chapter and two tickets to a football game at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

In appreciation of the finalists’ effort and participation in the Power to Do More contest, Dow AgroSciences is donating $1,000 to each community organization nominated by the remaining seven finalists:

  • Matt Widboom — Worthington Area YMCA in Worthington, Minnesota
  • Paxton Folkerts — Thayer County 4-H in Thayer County, Nebraska
  • Kelly Cheesewright — Cayuga Park Board in Cayuga, Indiana
  • Michael Wegener — Humphrey Veterans Memorial Fund in Humphrey, Nebraska
  • Corey Hillebo — North Polk FFA near Madrid, Iowa
  • Betty Janke — Lincoln High School FFA near Hixton, Wisconsin
  • Phil Weihmeir — Olympia High School baseball field in Stanford, Illinois

To be the first to see the three winners’ videos, sign up for an email notification at PowerToDoMore.com. For more information about Resicore® herbicide, visit PowerOverWeeds.com.

Power to Do More Contest winners

Chad Hibma of Harris, Iowa, Curt Robbins of Fairfield, Illinois and Lee Stammen of Fort Recovery, Ohio, are named winners of the Power to Do More contest sponsored by Resicore® herbicide.

®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

Ready to Order! Farmers Applaud Availability of Enlist™ Trait in Corn for 2018

U.S. farmers are enthusiastic over the opportunity to plant corn hybrids featuring Enlist technology next spring. After the recent Chinese approval of grain produced from corn plants containing the trait, Enlist corn will be commercially available in the United States for the 2018 growing season.

The Enlist weed control system helps farmers control tough and herbicide-resistant weeds. The ability to use in-crop applications of Enlist Duo® herbicide gives farmers effective and economical weed control.

“I’m so glad to hear about Enlist corn approval,” says Todd Hanten, a South Dakota dairy farmer who has planted Enlist corn under a stewarded program. “I’m going to continue using Enlist. I’m looking forward to using a lot of it.”

Weed control challenges have grown steadily worse since the first glyphosate-resistant weeds were discovered in 2001. To meet farmers’ needs for additional weed control solutions, Dow AgroSciences developed the Enlist weed control system.

“I look forward to being able to use Enlist Duo on my fields,” says Steve Kliewer, a Kansas farmer who has two years of experience with the technology.

The Enlist corn trait is available as both SmartStax® Enlist and PowerCore® Enlist hybrids, offering industry-leading packages of weed control and insect protection. Growers can begin ordering Enlist corn from Dow AgroSciences seed companies, including Mycogen Seeds, Brodbeck Seeds, Dairyland Seed, Pfister Seeds, and Prairie Brand Seed, later this summer. Dow AgroSciences also will license the PowerCore Enlist trait technology.

“I think Enlist has an exciting future helping us deal with these weed pressures,” Kliewer says. “I’m just excited to go forward with it.”

Visit Experiencing Enlist to see what other farmers are saying about the new technology. These timely reports will help you and your customers learn more about the Enlist weed control system. Also check out our YouTube channel  or follow us on Twitter at @EnlistOnline.

Dow AgroSciences will launch Enlist corn for 2018 planting. This follows China’s import approval of grain from Enlist corn hybrids.

®DOW Diamond, Colex-D, Enlist, Enlist Duo and the Enlist Logo are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. PowerCore® and SmartStax® multi-event technologies developed by Dow AgroSciences and Monsanto. ®PowerCore and SmartStax are registered trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC. Always follow IRM, grain marketing and all other stewardship practices and pesticide label directions. 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

Applying a nitrogen stabilizer on urea just got easier

Time is money during the short, busy spring and fall fertilizer application windows. An applicator stopped in the field to scrape fertilizer buildup off spinner units lowers acres applied per day, cutting into a retail operation’s bottom line.

New Instinct® HL nitrogen stabilizer is an improved formulation of a trusted product that helps retailers maintain application efficiency and meet customer expectations.

Requiring a one-third-less use rate per acre than Instinct® II nitrogen stabilizer, the water-based product is simple to impregnate on urea and most dry ammoniacal fertilizer blends (such as MAP or DAP) and it mixes easily with UAN and liquid manure fertilizer solutions.

Instinct HL offers farmers who rely on dry fertilizers in their fall and spring nitrogen programs the same nitrogen-maximizing, profit-boosting benefits they’ve come to expect from Instinct and N-Serve® nitrogen stabilizers. Retailers experience easier blending, more application uptime and less product to store and handle.

Stabilizing fall and spring nitrogen applications with Instinct HL protects against the nitrogen losses that occur when spring rains and warm soil temperatures cause leaching. Instinct HL reduces leaching and extends nitrogen availability in the soil for up to eight weeks. By lengthening the time nitrogen is in the soil, the active ingredient in Instinct HL can help your customers achieve an average revenue increase of $21 per acre.*

For more information about the benefits of Instinct® HL nitrogen stabilizer, visit NitrogenMaximizers.com or contact your local 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.

®Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. Instinct, Instinct II and Instinct HL 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. 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

Poll results: See how retailers are answering 2017 poll questions

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.

®Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. Enlist Duo 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. Instinct II, 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. 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

Residual control through canopy

After excessive rain at planting, it’s common for farmers to question whether the herbicide they applied preemergence will deliver enough residual control into the growing season. Especially in seasons with delayed planting and spraying, farmers should apply an additional residual herbicide early postemergence to control weeds through canopy.

In seasons with a lot of rainfall, weeds have a longer germination period than normal and the residual length of early-applied herbicides may be shortened. When the length of residual control is threatened, weeds are given the chance to grow with young corn plants and rob yield because there isn’t shade from corn canopy yet. Farmers must carefully scout cornfields and apply an additional residual herbicide early postemergence to prevent late flushes of waterhemp and giant ragweed from competing with corn later in the season.

The program approach of SureStart® II herbicide applied preemergence followed by Resicore® herbicide early postemergence provides four modes of action to control the toughest weeds in corn, including herbicide-resistant species. Plus, farmers can add atrazine and glyphosate to the program for six different modes of action. Resicore is designed to control emerged weeds with extended residual control to control late weed escapes.

For more information about controlling weeds early postemergence, visit PowerOverWeeds.com or contact your local Dow AgroSciences sales representative.

Allow corn to grow stronger by keeping fields clean before canopy.

®Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. Resicore and SureStart II 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

Residual herbicides strengthen new weed control technologies

As new weed control technologies enter the market, farmers need to avoid repetitive use of the same active ingredient. Using residual herbicides in a program approach helps control tough weeds in multiple ways.

Sonic®, Surveil® and FirstRate® herbicides are approved tank-mix partners with several herbicides labeled for use in new weed control systems, including XtendiMax herbicide and Engenia herbicide, with additional tank-mix options expected in the near future. FirstRate also can be tank-mixed with FeXapan herbicide.

Adding Sonic, Surveil or FirstRate to your customers’ tank mix provides two additional nonglyphosate modes of action and long-lasting residual control of many tough weeds, including waterhemp, marestail, Palmer amaranth and giant ragweed. Help your customers build a strong program approach to improve yield potential and ROI. Here are five tips for cleaner fields:

  1. Incorporate tillage and/or a preplant herbicide burndown program to remove existing weeds.
  2. Use the full rate of a broad-spectrum, preemergence residual herbicide that targets your customers’ worst weeds.
  3. Apply multiple modes of action that have powerful activity on the Amaranthus species — pigweeds, waterhemps, Palmer amaranth and Powell amaranth.
  4. Choose the appropriate postemergence herbicide and be ready to apply sequential applications as needed. Strive for complete weed control to reduce the weed seed bank in the soil.
  5. Rotate crops and/or herbicide modes of action to sustain effective weed control and prevent future resistance.

For more information about how your customers can fight back against tough weeds this season, visit BattleWeeds.com.

Farmers planted more than 83,000,000 acres of soybeans in 2016, and more than 89,000,000 acres of soybeans in 2017. Improve soybean yield with residual herbicides as part of your weed control programs.

®DOW Diamond, FirstRate, Sonic and Surveil are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. XtendiMax is a trademark of Monsanto Technology LLC. Engenia is a trademark of BASF. FeXapan is a trademark of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. 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. ©2017 Dow AgroSciences LLC