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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

Help three farmers win $10,000 for nonprofits in their communities — vote now!

Ten farmers are in the running to win a trip to their dream sports field and $10,000 for their community from the Power to Do More contest, sponsored by Resicore® corn herbicide. More than 130 farmers entered the contest by uploading a photo that represents the power of their farm, and Dow AgroSciences is excited to introduce the top 10 finalists. The three finalists with the most votes on PowerToDoMore.com by May 21 will win.

The 10 finalists represent a range of farming operations across seven states: Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin. From growing corn and soybeans to raising cattle and pigs, each finalist has a shared passion for farming and giving back to his or her community.

Watch the video below to see the 10 finalists’ photos before you cast your vote.

Resicore is designed to help farmers protect their crops from more than 70 tough weeds that rob corn yield, profit and time. With versatility to be applied pre-, post- or split, Resicore is powerful enough to be applied alone. It also gives farmers the ability to add their desired rate of atrazine, glyphosate and other corn herbicide to fit the acre.

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

To support your favorite finalist in the Power to Do More contest, visit PowerToDoMore.com to vote daily and share the link to the website with your customers, friends and co-workers until May 21.

®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

Giving farmers and their neighbors peace of mind

Excellent weed control is not enough. Farmers need a herbicide solution that stays on target and limits the risk of damaging neighboring plants and crops. Research shows Enlist Duo® herbicide is superior to other technologies because it delivers less drift and near-zero volatility.

Farmers with fields near susceptible crops and plants can use Enlist Duo on Enlist crops with confidence. By applying Enlist Duo according to label directions, they can limit the danger of harmful off-target movement.

Enlist Duo herbicide, a combination of glyphosate and new 2,4-D choline, features Colex-D® technology. This formulation helps Enlist Duo stay on target. In real-world applications across the Corn Belt and the South over the last two years, there have been no reports of off-target movement of Enlist Duo® herbicide damaging neighboring crops.

Performance wins advocates
“In the past, tomato growers have had negative experiences with off-target herbicide movement,” says Steve Smith, director of agriculture at Red Gold, Inc., producers of premium-quality tomato products. “They’re concerned about any pesticide that may damage their crop.”

Dow AgroSciences worked with Indiana-based Red Gold to understand the impact of off-target movement. Red Gold provided tomato plants for field trials to assess the performance of Enlist Duo herbicide near susceptible plants. These trials have helped put concerns about drift and volatility to rest.

“I got a firsthand look at Enlist Duo in lab and field work,” Smith says. “It was really impressive. It’s not the old 2,4-D. Dow AgroSciences has a formulation that limits volatility.”

Benefits show up in the field
Farmers who’ve seen applications of Enlist Duo herbicide realize the advantages it offers. In addition to exceptional weed control, they’re getting a product that helps them mitigate concerns about damage to surrounding susceptible plants.

“Growers can control drift by choosing the right conditions, the proper nozzles, boom height and so on,” says Pat Duncanson, a Minnesota farmer. “But we can’t control the weather after application. The only way to control volatility is to choose a herbicide with extremely low volatility.”

The herbicide that impresses Duncanson is Enlist Duo.

“I’ve seen how stable the Enlist Duo platform is,” says Duncanson, who has attended demonstrations and has tried the Enlist system on his own farm. “Enlist Duo will stay where you put it.”

Widening industry confidence
Smith saw the precision of Enlist Duo® herbicide during trials that placed Red Gold tomatoes next to Enlist soybeans. Enlist Duo was sprayed right next to the tomatoes, and there was no impact on the tomato plants. This collaboration helped show how effective Enlist Duo is at staying on target.

“I was very appreciative of how Dow AgroSciences went about working with us and understanding our concerns,” Smith says. “They opened a dialogue. That’s not normal anymore. I am very appreciative of how Dow AgroSciences is doing business.”

Help customers understand the benefits of Enlist Duo by visiting Enlist.com.

Enlist soybeans growing next to Red Gold tomatoes

When Enlist Duo® herbicide was sprayed on Enlist soybeans growing right next to Red Gold tomatoes, there was no impact on the tomato plants. This field trial shows how effective Enlist Duo is at staying on target.

®™DOW Diamond, Colex-D, Enlist and Enlist Duo 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

 

Keep fields clean to produce more bushels

When choosing inputs, farmers need to feel confident they are making a decision that will result in maximum ROI at the end of the season. While unsteady commodity prices may tempt your customers to lower their weed control investment, allowing soybeans to compete with weeds throughout the season will steal dollars at harvest.

“We need to make sure we’re doing everything we can to produce bushels,” says Jeff Moon, market development specialist, Dow AgroSciences. “Starting with a sound herbicide program is one of those things that’s going to help us do that.”

Soybean farmers can start with Sonic® herbicide in spring to protect their yield potential in fall. Sonic can be applied preemergence up to three days postplant for long-lasting residual control to prevent broadleaf weeds from invading soybean fields.

Watch this video for tips on how your customers can maximize their return on investment this spring. Plus, visit OperationCleanFields.com for weekly articles and agronomic videos to help your customers battle their toughest weeds this season.

®Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. Sonic 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. Always read and follow label directions. ©2017 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Maximize nitrogen efficiency, uptake and profitability

Spring rain can dramatically increase nitrogen loss through leaching by pushing nitrogen lower into the soil profile.

Instinct® and N‑Serve® nitrogen stabilizers reduce leaching and extend nitrogen availability in the soil for up to eight weeks. By lengthening the time nitrogen is in the soil, Instinct and N‑Serve can help your customers achieve an average revenue increase of $21 per acre.*

In most cases, these two products extend nitrogen availability six to eight weeks during critical growth points in a corn plant’s development.

In addition to the yield and economic benefits of using Instinct or N‑Serve, there are also important environmental advantages of keeping nitrogen in the soil and out of waterways. Field trials show that the active ingredient in Instinct and N‑Serve effectively increase soil nitrogen retention by 28 percent while decreasing leaching into groundwater by more than 16 percent.**

N‑Serve has been used with confidence to maximize anhydrous ammonia applications for more than 40 years. Instinct, introduced in 2007, provides growers with a versatile alternative by effectively stabilizing other forms of nitrogen, including urea, UAN and liquid manure.

To calculate the profit your customers can achieve with an application of Instinct® and N‑Serve® nitrogen stabilizers, visit MaxInMaxOut.com or contact your 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.

**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.

Extend nitrogen availability with Instinct and N-Serve

Applying Instinct® or N‑Serve® nitrogen stabilizer with spring nitrogen applications can extend your customers’ nitrogen availability for up to eight weeks for maximum yield and profit.

®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