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5 steps to prepare for fall anhydrous ammonia applications

Anhydrous ammonia is the preferred source of nitrogen for fall applications because it rapidly absorbs into soil moisture and, typically, has a slower conversion to nitrate. However, anhydrous is a challenging product to work with given safety concerns and special equipment needs.

With a rushed harvest like this one, it may be easy to overlook proper preparedness steps, but skipping them can be detrimental and dangerous. For safe, efficient and successful anhydrous applications this fall, follow these preparedness steps:

  1. Wear proper PPE
    Anhydrous ammonia aggressively seeks out water – and that includes water in your skin, eyes and lungs. Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) including splash goggles, cover all exposed skin (in accordance with the Safety Data Sheet), and keep fresh water readily available should you come in contact with anhydrous.
  1. Ensure proper storage and maintenance for tanks and trailers
    Anhydrous ammonia must be compressed into a liquid for agricultural application. This compression requires a considerable amount of pressure and equipment such as special tanks and trailers. Ensure equipment is in good condition by checking for dents, thinning or paint issues. Fully empty the tanks and drop the pressure to zero when storing or making repairs.
  1. Check hoses, valves and gaskets
    Sunlight, kinking, cutting and abrasions shorten the normal service life for hoses. Look for those damages as well as soft spots and fully replace the hose if needed. All anhydrous ammonia valves should be removed from the tank every five years for inspection and service or replacement. Gaskets can swell over time but can be easily and inexpensively replaced when needed.
  1. Manage transportation
    Accidents from unsafe towing have devastating consequences. When transporting anhydrous ammonia, always follow your state’s specific regulations. It’s a good rule of thumb to travel at or below 25mph and add a slow-moving vehicle (SMV) emblem to your towing assembly to alert other drivers to your speed. And, always use a hitch pin with the safety keeper/retainer clip and two independent safety chains when towing.
  1. Careful application
    Inspect your equipment prior to each use and be sure to stand upwind when connecting, disconnecting, bleeding lines, or transferring product. Handle valves by the body – not by the wheel or latch. Close, bleed, disconnect, and secure valves and transfer lines when leaving equipment unattended. Finally, park equipment downwind from dwellings, people, and livestock.

In addition to preparing for the safe handling of anhydrous ammonia, it’s important to prepare it for maximum effectiveness too. Applying anhydrous with a nitrogen stabilizer, such as N‑Serve®, helps protect this valuable input from escaping before spring planting. N‑Serve can boost potential yield by keeping applied anhydrous in the root zone when crops need it most.

To learn more about anhydrous ammonia preparedness, N‑Serve and applying both products together, visit www.NitrogenMaximizers.com for more info. There you can also use the Profit Calculator to see how N‑Serve with anhydrous ammonia can impact your bottom line.

Safely apply anhydrous ammonia with these preparedness tips.

™®Trademarks of Dow AgroSciences, DuPont or Pioneer, and their affiliated companies or their respective owners. 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. © 2019 Corteva.

Farmer by farmer, Enlist™ Technology successes add up

When it comes to choosing products, performance, experience and talk with the neighbors are all influencing factors for farm decision-makers. And right now, farmers from North Dakota down to Mississippi, Nebraska to Virginia – and nearly everywhere in between – are talking to one another about the Enlist™ weed control system.

Indiana
In Indiana, farmer Adam Schwering says he’s happy to answer his neighbors’ questions about the cutting-edge technology.

“They’ll drive by our field and ask why our fields are so clean,” Schwering says. “We tell them it’s because of Enlist Duo®. They’re getting more curious about trying it.”

Iowa
And in Iowa, seed dealer Kyle Schultz lets his Enlist E3™ soybeans do the talking for him. Neighboring growers are watching closely to see what emerges in his fields.

“They’re all aware of where we planted the Enlist E3 soybeans,” explains Schultz. “They’re excited to see what they do and see how they yield at the end of the season. We put them along a road where other growers can see them.”

Mississippi
Farmers, like Mississippi’s Jeremy Jack, say they’re especially excited to show how effective the Enlist system is when used correctly. Jack plants both Enlist™ cotton and Enlist E3 soybeans. He uses Enlist One® herbicide in his weed control program to protect them. Jack says he follows the label exactly, and the herbicide stays put. He invites fellow farmers to see the proof in his fields.

“I want other producers to be able to walk out there, put their hands on the product, walk through the field, see how clean they are, see that the product is safe, the cotton looks good, and there’s no damage,” Jack says.

Nebraska
For Nebraska farmer Lynnet Talcott, the bottom line is clear: She hopes other growers give the Enlist system a chance.

“I would not hesitate to tell any farmers that they should try the Enlist system,” Talcott says. “I think it would be a great addition to their farming practices. It should be a simple choice for them. They should choose Enlist.”

With farmers spreading the word about the Enlist™ system, be ready for demand for Enlist herbicides in the 2020 season. Talk to your Corteva AgriScience territory manager about your order for Enlist One® and Enlist Duo® herbicides today.

Learn more about the Enlist system by visiting Enlist.com or by using Enlist Ahead resources.

A field of Enlist E3™ soybeans flourishes in Indiana.

™®Trademarks of Dow AgroSciences, DuPont or Pioneer, and their affiliated companies or their respective owners. Enlist E3™ soybean technology is jointly developed by Dow AgroSciences LLC and MS Technologies LLC. Durango DMA, Enlist Duo and Enlist One herbicides are 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. Enlist Duo and Enlist One are the only 2,4-D products authorized for use with Enlist crops. Consult Enlist herbicide labels for weed species controlled. Always read and follow label directions. ©2019 Corteva.

Consider fall burndown for fields prevent planted or left fallow

With so many acres prevent planted or left fallow this season, it’s critical for impacted farmers to manage that potential seedbank now, or risk having to invest significant weed control resources in the future.

“This year was very unusual because of the scale of the areas affected by prevent plant,” says Mike Koenigs, market development specialist with Corteva Agriscience. “It’s common to have small pockets of prevent plant in areas, but it’s uncommon that so many key states are impacted like they were in 2019.”

Koenigs says fall weed management is essential on fallow fields. That’s because if prolific seed-producing winter annuals like marestail are left to go to seed and overwinter, their seedbanks will likely grow exponentially, doing damage for years to come.

“One year of no weed management can have a longer-term impact on a farm,” Koenigs says. “Let it go for one year, and it’s likely that you’ll be fighting this problem the next seven years.”

An innovative solution for farmers in this situation is a fall burndown application with Elevore® herbicide. Elevore employs a systemic approach that kills weeds from the inside out, delivering more thorough control — even of marestail up to 8 inches tall. Elevore is labeled for use in soybeans, corn and cotton and is tank-mix-compatible with commonly used burndown and residual herbicide partners, including glyphosate and 2,4-D.

Key benefits of fall burndown with Elevore® herbicide

  • Controls actively growing winter annuals like marestail and glyphosate-resistant weeds, such as henbit, lambsquarters and cutleaf evening primrose
  • Low use rate of 1 ounce per acre makes it an excellent fit for fall burndown with customers using reduced- or no-till production systems
  • Fights weed resistance with a new active ingredient, Arylex® active
  • Prevents regrowth of emerged broadleaf weeds for complete control
  • Easily tank-mixes with commonly used burndown and residual tank-mix partners, including glyphosate and 2, 4-D

“An effective fall burndown program is the best recommendation for prevent plant acres,” Koenig says. “It gets you ahead of the winter annuals to help prevent an explosion of the weed seedbank and really gets you a head start on the 2020 crop.”

Every state has been affected differently. Visit preventplant.corteva.us to read more timely, expert advice for weed control in fallow and prevent planted fields this fall.

™®Trademarks of Dow AgroSciences, DuPont or Pioneer, and their affiliated companies or their respective owners. Elevore 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. Arylex is a registered active ingredient. Always read and follow label directions. © 2019 Corteva.

Farmer Demand for Enlist E3™ Soybeans Will Generate Strong Sales of Enlist™ Herbicides

The initial reaction from soybean farmers who are growing Enlist E3 soybean varieties this summer has been extremely positive. Many say they expect to plant 100% Enlist E3 soybeans in 2020. That means retailers have the opportunity to sell a lot of Enlist herbicides next spring and summer.

Corteva Agriscience projects Enlist E3 soybeans will make up at least 10% of the U.S. soybean market share in 2020, and some geographies will have significantly higher adoption than the national average. Enlist E3 soybeans will be available from all Corteva Agriscience brands: Pioneer, Mycogen, AgVenture, Dairyland Seed, Hoegemeyer, NuTech, Seed Consultants and Terral.

In addition, Corteva Agriscience is working with more than 100 independent seed organizations to license the Enlist E3 soybean trait. This will give significantly more farmers access to Enlist E3 soybeans for 2020 and beyond. See Enlist.com for a list of seed companies who are licensing the Enlist E3 trait.

Seed dealers are gearing up for heavy sales. Reuben Koehler is an Illinois seed dealer who sees big things for Enlist E3 soybeans in his area.

“I think Enlist will be a huge player for us,” he says. “I hope to get near 40% market share from customers next year. Guys are in the right frame of mind to try it. A lot of them are on board already.”

Ben Hortenstine, an Illinois farmer who has used the Enlist weed control system for three years now, says he plans to be 100% Enlist E3 soybeans in 2020. “One of my neighbors also says he intends to go heavy on Enlist E3 soybeans, maybe even 100%, next year,” Hortenstine adds.

“If the yield is good, we’ll go all Enlist E3 soybeans next year,” says Lynnet Talcott, who farms with her husband, her son and her daughter-in-law in Nebraska. “As far as weed control, it’s a 10. The field is clean as it can be. It’s what we were looking for.”

All this means retailers should consider keeping plenty of Enlist One® and Enlist Duo® herbicides on hand, along with qualified glyphosate and glufosinate tank-mix partners, which farmers also can use on Enlist E3 soybeans. Consider Durango® DMA® herbicide, a glyphosate product, from Corteva Agriscience for tank-mixing needs with Enlist One herbicide.

“Retailers may want to invest in bulk storage for Enlist herbicides,” suggests Shawna Hubbard, Product Manager for Corteva Agriscience. “We’ll have ample supply of both Enlist One and Enlist Duo for 2020 to cover Enlist E3 soybean, Enlist cotton and Enlist corn acres. We expect high demand from farmers who will be applying during the 2020 season and continued growth in future years.”

Learn more about Enlist E3 soybeans as well as Enlist One and Enlist Duo® herbicides by talking to a Corteva Agriscience territory manager, by going to Enlist.com or by using Enlist Ahead resources. Also check out the YouTube channel or our Twitter page @EnlistOnline.

Demand for Enlist™ herbicides is likely to increase substantially as farmers quickly adopt Enlist E3™ soybeans. Retailers can book deliveries now to meet customer needs.

™®Trademarks of Dow AgroSciences, DuPont or Pioneer, and their affiliated companies or their respective owners. Enlist E3™ soybean technology is jointly developed by Dow AgroSciences LLC and MS Technologies LLC. Durango DMA, Enlist Duo and Enlist One herbicides are 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. Enlist Duo and Enlist One are the only 2,4-D products authorized for use with Enlist crops. Consult Enlist herbicide labels for weed species controlled. Always read and follow label directions. © 2019 Corteva.

Farmers Report Weeds Withered By Enlist™ Herbicides

Farmers who have experienced Enlist herbicides are seeing that – in addition to their other attributes – Enlist One® and Enlist Duo® herbicides control their toughest weeds.

“Enlist worked well again,” says Ben Hortenstine, an Illinois farmer who has used the Enlist weed control system for three years now. “I like Enlist Duo because I don’t have to worry about tank mixing. It’s convenient. The 2,4-D choline takes care of the broadleaf weeds, and the glyphosate takes care of grasses. It’s been working for us.”

Jack Kent of Arkansas has experience with both Enlist cotton and Enlist E3 soybeans. Weeds, particularly Palmer amaranth, present challenges in trying to achieve consistently high yield.

“Enlist herbicides are going to allow us to control our worst weed,” Kent says. “So far, the Enlist system has absolutely been bulletproof. It has done everything it’s supposed to do. I can’t say enough good things about that product. It’s the best herbicide that I have ever seen in my life.”

Indiana farmer Luke Liechty also has been impressed with Enlist Duo® herbicide.

“The control Enlist Duo provided was phenomenal,” Liechty says. Within a day of application, weeds were starting to curl. Within two weeks, they had wilted beyond recovery. “The biggest value for the Enlist program on our farm is confidence. It’s confidence knowing that I can go out there and control weeds that are difficult to control right now.”

Liechty says flexibility is another important benefit.

“I think a lot of American farmers love to have options, and when you utilize the Enlist program, you have options to control your weeds,” he says. “You’re not just relying on one mode of action. If you start with a good preemergence herbicide and follow with a postemergence application of Enlist Duo herbicide, you can really have phenomenal control of hard-to-control weeds.”

Learn more about postemergence applications of Enlist One and Enlist Duo® herbicides by talking to a Corteva Agriscience territory manager, by going to Enlist.com or by using Enlist Ahead resources. Also check out the YouTube channel or Twitter at @EnlistOnline.

dead weeds

Many farmers have grown Enlist E3™ soybeans for seed production in recent years to prepare for commercial availability in 2019. They have witnessed the exceptional weed control that Enlist™ herbicides deliver. Even their toughest weeds succumb to postemergence applications of Enlist One® and Enlist Duo® herbicides.

™®Trademarks of Dow AgroSciences, DuPont or Pioneer, and their affiliated companies or their respective owners. Enlist E3™ soybean technology is jointly developed by Dow AgroSciences LLC and MS Technologies LLC. Enlist Duo and Enlist One herbicides are 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. Enlist Duo and Enlist One are the only 2,4-D products authorized for use with Enlist crops. Consult Enlist herbicide labels for weed species controlled. Always read and follow label directions. ©2019 Corteva

Weed control: Working smarter, not harder

It’s been half a century since Mike Book’s family started farming in Dixon, Illinois. Today, Book continues the tradition as a third-generation corn and soybean farmer, alongside his brother Aaron and father Jim.

Over 50 years, the Book Family has endured countless successes and challenges in the field. One challenge that’s cropped up time and time again is weed control.

Like many other Midwest farmers, Book encounters waterhemp in his cornfields. Coming up with a reliable program to tackle waterhemp is easier said than done.

Waterhemp is a competitive weed in the pigweed family with known resistance to multiple herbicides. One female waterhemp plant produces 250,000 seeds, and left untreated, the weed can decimate corn and soybean yield potential.

To protect yield potential, farmers need a program that works to control waterhemp. Luckily, Book tried SureStart® II herbicide about five years ago and hasn’t looked back.

“It’s nice to use SureStart II on a wide variety of acres and know that it’s going to work,” he explained. Book sprays SureStart II, which has three modes of action, right after planting corn, followed by a second pass of dicamba.

The Illinois farmer says the straightforward application process makes his job a little easier.

“I like SureStart II because when I put it in the tank, I know it’s going to work,” Book said. “It decreases the chance of anyone messing it up.”

When it comes to cost, Book said, he appreciates that the herbicide is affordable when covering all of his acres and gets the job done right, saying, “We certainly like it and we like the price point.”

Book may not know what challenges the next 50 years of farming will hold, but, for now, he is working smarter, not harder on weed control with the help of SureStart II.

Visit SureStartII.com for more information about SureStart II and how it can help your customers control troublesome weeds like waterhemp.

corn field

Fight tough weeds like waterhemp with SureStart II.

™®Trademarks of Dow AgroSciences, DuPont or Pioneer, and their affiliated companies or their respective owners. 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. ©2019 Corteva

Get the facts to maximize your nitrogen knowledge

As the old saying goes, “you learn something new every day.” One good place for retailers to do that is MaxFacts.com. It’s a new online resource with which you can learn more about nitrogen application, nutrient management and the portfolio of nitrogen stabilizers, including N-Serve® and Instinct®, from Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. The goal of Max Facts is to help you better serve your customers.

Expand your knowledge
Within Max Facts, you’ll find helpful information from agronomic blogs, how-tos and Q&As with experts from the field. You can use learning modules to earn continuing education units. Max Facts is a one-stop-shop where you will learn more and put that education to the test.

Make your job easier
You’ll then be able to give your customers even better advice than before. Farmers rely on retailers like you for the latest and best guidance to ensure successful growing seasons year after year.

“When should my customers apply nitrogen? Which nitrogen stabilizers will best protect that investment?” These are just a couple of the questions Max Facts can help you answer. Max Facts can help you more confidently guide your farmers through their toughest nitrogen-related issues and questions. The result is a better bottom line for the farmer, which is a win for you, too.

Exclusive for retailers
Max Facts is an exclusive website just for retailers, and it’s easy to sign up. All you need to do is provide a few pieces of information: your name, state, ZIP code and retailer name. Visit MaxFacts.com to get started.

MaxFacts.com

™®Trademarks of Dow AgroSciences, DuPont or Pioneer, and their affiliated companies or their respective owners. 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. ©2019 Dow AgroSciences LLC