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The variables affecting farmers’ ability to maximize each acre are constantly evolving. Nitrogen availability is one factor directly linked to being profitable and environmentally sustainable. To achieve optimum field effectiveness, farmers need to know the products they select will deliver the greatest success.

How do nitrogen maximizers increase the effectiveness of fertilizer?
Instinct® and N-Serve® nitrogen stabilizers maximize nitrogen so crops can deliver the max in return. On average, they provide a revenue increase of $21 per acre.* By incorporating these products into a nitrogen management program, Instinct and N-Serve extend the uptake period so a crop can reach its maximum yield potential.

How do Instinct® and N-Serve® nitrogen stabilizers help sustain the environment?
Studies show the active ingredient in both Instinct and N-Serve nitrogen stabilizers increase soil nitrogen retention by 28 percent, decreases nitrogen leaching by almost 16 percent and reduces greenhouse gases by 51 percent.**

Instinct is a recipient of the EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, which recognizes the environmental and economic benefits of developing and using novel green chemistry. In 2014, the chemistry composing Instinct helped increase U.S. corn production by 50 million bushels — which equates to more than $205 million in additional production revenue for U.S. farmers — while reducing carbon dioxide emissions by about 664,000 metric tons.

Can crops retain nitrogen longer?
Instinct and N-Serve help protect one of farmers’ largest input investments: nitrogen. The two products are proven to maximize profit potential by extending nitrogen availability during critical growth stages. They work below the soil’s surface, keeping nitrogen available up to eight weeks longer for maximum crop growth and profit potential.

How can nitrate leaching be reduced?
To inhibit nitrate leaching, farmers should follow the 4Rs Nutrient Stewardship program — apply nitrogen from the right fertilizer source, at the right rate, at the right time, with the right placement.

When nitrogen converts to nitrate, it is more susceptible to leaching out of the plant root zone and is no longer able to provide nutrients to the crop. Instinct and N-Serve nitrogen stabilizers help keep nitrogen in the root zone for a longer period which reduces nitrogen loss through leaching and denitrification.

For more information, visit NitrogenMaximizers.com or contact your Dow AgroSciences sales representative.

*Based on 452 Dow AgroSciences field trials from 2010-16, resulting in an average increase of 6.1 bu./A at $3.50/bu.
**Wolt, J.D. 2004. A meta-evaluation of nitrapyrin agronomic and environmental effectiveness with emphasis on corn production in the midwestern USA. Nutr. Cycl. Agroecosyst. 69:23–41. doi:10.1023/B:FRES.0000025287.52565.99.

®™Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. 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. ©2017 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Illinois farmer uses Resicore® herbicide to control weeds in hilly fields

Ian MacDonald of Hamlet, Illinois, grows corn and soybeans, and raises hogs with his father and uncle south of the Quad Cities in Illinois. When it comes to planting corn and spraying herbicides, some of the farmland is flat and easy to spray, but some of the acres feature hilly, rough ground that makes it difficult to spray a second pass without damaging corn.

“On the hillier ground, with the second pass, you end up running over a lot of corn,” MacDonald says. “So this year, we tried a full rate of 2.5 quarts per acre of Resicore, hoping we wouldn’t have to come back with a second pass if the weed control held. That way, we wouldn’t be running over as much corn and would have a better stand at harvest. We’re seeing that. We’re picking those two cornfields where we applied the full rate and the weed control has been very good so far.”

Right after planting this spring, MacDonald sprayed Resicore® herbicide with glyphosate and atrazine, and kept a close eye on his fields to make sure they stayed clean until canopy.

“From a pride perspective, it’s real nice to look out over a field and not see weeds poking up out of the canopy,” MacDonald says. “Otherwise, it’s about yield potential. If you’ve got a lot of weeds out there shading out the crop and taking those nutrients away from the corn, you’re limiting your yield potential. That residual is very important until the corn reaches full canopy so your crop is shading out the weeds, not vice versa.”

Waterhemp, giant ragweed and winter annual weeds are some of the worst offenders in MacDonald’s cornfields. During the mild winter preceding the spring of 2017, winter annual weeds, such as henbit and chickweed, never went dormant and were growing tall at planting.

“I was impressed with the knockdown ability of Resicore,” MacDonald says. “We used a low rate of glyphosate and atrazine with it. Some of those winter annuals were knee-high and it took them right out.”

As harvest winds down, MacDonald and his family are already planning for next season, which includes using Resicore again to control weeds deep into the season.

For more information about Resicore, visit PowerOverWeeds.com or contact your Dow AgroSciences sales representative.

®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

Elevore™ herbicide receives federal EPA registration

Innovation to fall and spring burndown programs is now reality with the announcement by Dow AgroSciences that Elevore herbicide has received federal registration by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

When tank-mixed with glyphosate and/or 2,4-D, Elevore can be applied up to 14 days before planting in corn and soybeans for thorough control of high-anxiety weeds, including marestail up to 8 inches tall. Labeled for use prior to planting soybeans, corn and cotton, Elevore is now available for farmers to use in the 2018 spring burndown season.

“Unlike many other burndown herbicides, Elevore elevates a farmer’s program by preventing regrowth of emerged weeds,” says Jon Doran, portfolio marketing leader, Dow AgroSciences. “In field trials conducted by Dow AgroSciences over several years, Elevore provided excellent activity on marestail at various heights, including 8-inch-tall marestail. We have also seen consistent control across a wide range of geographies.”

Powered by Arylex active, a new Group 4 growth regulator, field trials show Elevore herbicide effectively controls labeled broadleaf weeds, including glyphosate- and ALS-resistant marestail, lambsquarters, cutleaf evening primrose and henbit.

The low use rate of 1 ounce per acre makes Elevore an excellent fit in reduced- and no-till production systems for burndown applications before planting. Elevore can be applied with a farmer’s current burndown program in spring or fall in various climate conditions, including cooler temperatures.

Matt Stagg, a farmer from Bunkie, Louisiana, is impressed with the weed control he experienced in a 5-acre field trial using Elevore conducted on his farm in 2016.

“We had a range of weeds and various sizes of marestail present in the field trial,” Stagg says. “Adding Elevore to our current protocols definitely gave the other products an edge on knocking it down. I also see incorporating a burndown protocol using Elevore and coming back with a preemerge herbicide application as a strong resistance management program. Every year, preemerge herbicides are becoming more of a need as resistance continues increasing.”

Elevore herbicide contains Arylex active and is a novel class of herbicides that acts through a synthetic auxin mechanism to control broadleaf weeds in burndown. Absorbed mainly through leaves, shoots and roots of plants, Arylex active is translocated through the plant for effective control. Although Arylex active is not considered a new mode of action, it does have unique binding affinity that is different from other auxin herbicides such as 2,4-D.

“Visual signs of control aren’t immediately apparent because Arylex active is absorbed by the plant’s cells where the herbicide binds with specific auxin receptors in the cell’s nucleus,” says Jeff Ellis, Ph.D., field scientist, Dow AgroSciences. “The delayed response is due to the gradual, albeit complete, absorption process. Once absorbed by the plant’s nucleus, Arylex active halts growth and the plant dies, providing complete control.”

For more information, visit ElevateYourBurndown.com or contact your Dow AgroSciences sales representative.

®™DOW Diamond, Arylex, and Elevore are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. 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. Always read and follow label directions. ©2017 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Iowa farmer combats tough grasses with SureStart® II herbicide

Brent Halling of Perry, Iowa, began farming 41 years ago during a drought-stricken season. It was a bit drier than the 2017 growing season, but he says it was similar. Today, Halling farms about 1,000 corn and soybean acres with his brother and continues to find new ways to protect the yield potential of his crops.

“In Iowa, you have to control the grasses,” Halling says. “That’s the biggest robber of yield in my opinion. In my case, it’s mostly yellow and giant foxtail. SureStart II does a great job with that, and it is broad-spectrum to also control the broadleaf weeds.”

A supporter of crop rotation, Halling rotates all of his acres every year, with very little continuous corn. With 41 years of farming experience, he also makes careful plans to use a flexible herbicide that will keep his corn clean until canopy.

“I get corn planted, then come back in and have that window of up to 11-inch tall corn [to apply SureStart II],” Halling says. “I have a bigger window to work with to deal with Mother Nature.”

Along with grasses, Halling combats velvetleaf, waterhemp and morningglory in his cornfields. In the last few years, Halling has seen a resurgence of morningglory, but he has not had many problems with Palmer amaranth yet. As herbicide-resistant weeds creep into many fields across the Midwest, Halling is staying focused on controlling difficult grasses with multiple modes of action.

“I’m not a big believer in overusing glyphosate products,” Halling says. “I’ve had good luck using SureStart II and not using any glyphosate on my corn.”

Proven to perform under heavy weed pressure, SureStart II contains three modes of action to protect against emerging weeds for up to six weeks after application. To learn more about how your customers can use SureStart II to control a broad-spectrum of weeds and grasses, visit GetMoreTime.com or contact your Dow AgroSciences sales representative.

®™Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. 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. ©2017 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Enlist™ Weed Control System Expands With Addition of Enlist One™ Herbicide

With the ability to tank-mix with several products, including glufosinate herbicides, farmers can make Enlist One a cornerstone of their weed control programs that feature multiple modes of action. Enlist One joins Enlist Duo® herbicide, a proprietary blend of 2,4-D choline and glyphosate, in the herbicide lineup for the Enlist system.

“Farmers growing Enlist cotton have found the flexibility of Enlist One to be especially helpful. They get the benefits of 2,4-D choline and the ability to tank-mix with glufosinate for effective weed control,” says John Chase, Enlist commercial leader. “With two Enlist herbicides, farmers can select the one that best fits their weed management needs. Both contain Colex-D® technology to help them land and stay on target.”

Enlist One has received federal registration for use in 34 key cotton, corn and soybean states.

Flexibility and convenience with Enlist technology
Farmers who have had Enlist cotton, corn and soybeans on their farms have seen the exceptional weed control and on-target application benefits of Enlist Duo herbicide. Enlist One delivers each of these same benefits plus additional tank-mix flexibility.

Many Southern farmers had the chance to use Enlist One on a trial basis as part of their weed control programs. They took advantage of the ability to tank-mix the new herbicide with a glufosinate herbicide to help control Palmer amaranth, marestail, giant ragweed and other troublesome weeds.

“The tank mix of 2,4-D choline and glufosinate really did exactly what we wanted it to. Two weeks after application, we had excellent control,” says Austin Warbington, Georgia farmer, who faces tough weeds such as pigweed. “We were able to eliminate most weeds. It really took care of business. If you walked out and looked at any weed, you’d see the majority of them were very crispy.”

As with Enlist Duo® herbicide, Enlist One features Colex-D® technology and is designed to land and stay on target. Farmers can capitalize on the same on-target application benefits of near-zero volatility and minimized potential for physical drift.

Addressing farmers’ needs with innovative solutions
Dow AgroSciences leads the way in providing herbicide solutions that help farmers reach their weed management goals. With the addition of Enlist One herbicide, farmers have a choice between two herbicides containing 2,4-D choline for their Enlist crops. They can select the convenient blend of Enlist Duo herbicide, or they can use Enlist One for greater flexibility to customize their weed control program. Tank-mix partners for both herbicides are listed on EnlistTankMix.com.

Learn more about the Enlist weed control system and what growers are saying at Enlist.com/ExperiencingEnlist. You also can follow the Enlist system on Twitter at @EnlistOnline or go to the YouTube channel.

Georgia farmer Austin Warbington included Enlist One herbicide in his weed management program this year and has been pleased with the results.

®™Dow Diamond, Colex-D, Enlist, Enlist Duo, Enlist logos, and Enlist One are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. 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 herbicides are the only 2,4-D products authorized for use in Enlist crops. 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