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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

Hit the application “sweet spot” for exceptional weed control

Hit the sweet spot with postemergence application of Enlist herbicides to get control of stubborn and persistent weeds.

No matter how carefully farmers plan their herbicide applications, it seems Mother Nature manages to create obstacles. Although it can be tough to overcome the weather, retailers can help farmers by reminding them to try to take advantage of herbicide application opportunities before weeds get too big.

Every herbicide label offers directions on when to make applications for best results. Paying attention to weed size will enhance weed control.

For customers planting Enlist E3 soybeans or Enlist corn, applications will deliver optimum weed control when farmers spray weeds before they get larger than 6 inches and when weeds are actively growing.

Walking fields, finding weeds
Scouting fields regularly can help growers pinpoint the best time to spray. Retailers can help their customers hit the target by reminding them to scout or actively walking fields with them.

Making the application when weeds are more vulnerable leads to greater success and cleaner fields. Farmers who are using Enlist herbicides are seeing this on their acres.

“Four inches is the tallest I ever want to see any weed,” says Grant Strom, an Illinois farmer who grows Enlist E3 soybeans. He applies Enlist One® herbicide before activity can wear off from his residual application and allow weeds to start growing again. By hitting weeds where and when it hurts, he’s keeping his soybean fields much cleaner.

Ohio farmer Kevin Miller echoes the principles of keeping weeds under control early. He started his weed control program in 2018 with a burndown using 2,4-D plus a residual product featuring three modes of action. Before the residual activity waned, Miller followed with a tank mix featuring Enlist One herbicide. He says he then can monitor the crop and, if necessary, come back with a second postemergence application featuring glufosinate.

Stay on top of weeds
“Don’t wait until weeds are taking over the field to make your first postemergence application,” suggests Shawna Hubbard, Trait Herbicides Product Manager for Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. “For really tough weed pressure early in the postemergence window, consider tank-mixing a residual with a postemergence herbicide such as Enlist One and Enlist Duo for longer-lasting control to get you to canopy.”

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.

™®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 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Have your customers entered the Power to Do More contest yet?

Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, encourages corn farmers to show the world photos of their powerful inspirations as part of the 2019 Power to Do More contest. The contest, sponsored by the corn herbicides portfolio of Corteva Agriscience, honors farmers and their commitment to their communities.

Power To Do More ProgramYour corn-growing customers can enter the contest by visiting PowerToDoMore.com by Sunday, April 28, 2019, for a chance to win the grand prize of $10,000 for a local nonprofit of choice or two second place prizes of $5,000 for their selected nonprofits.

This is the third year of the Power to Do More contest. The 2018 contest winners – the Schroeders from Iowa, the Krauses from Minnesota and the Gutterys from Kansas — supported local FFA chapters and a county community foundation. Their stories are featured in three short videos that show their dedication to farming.

“Farmers are often the bedrock of small communities throughout the U.S. Many invest their time and effort working with local organizations,” said Lyndsie Kaehler, U.S. Corn Herbicides Product Manager, Corteva Agriscience. “The Power to Do More contest recognizes farmers not only for what they produce in their fields, but also for their exceptional commitment to the communities in which they farm. It’s been inspiring to hear the stories of past contest entrants and we are excited to meet more powerful farmers through this year’s contest.”

Photo entries may include fields, family, friends, pets, equipment — whatever means the most to the entrant. Up to 10 finalists will be selected for community voting. The finalists with the most votes by July 8 will win. Follow along on social media at #PowerOverWeeds.

Corteva Agriscience is proud to support farmers with a lineup of corn herbicides dedicated to delivering the power to do more every season: With Resicore®, SureStart® II, DuPont Realm® Q, DuPont Cinch® ATZ and Keystone® NXT herbicides, farmers can effectively control and spend less time worrying about unwanted, yield-robbing weeds.

™®Trademarks of Dow AgroSciences, DuPont or Pioneer, and their affiliated companies or their respective owners. Cinch ATZ and Keystone NXT are Restricted Use Pesticides. Keystone NXT is not available for sale, distribution or use in all states. Resicore and SureStart II are not registered for sale or use in all states. Keystone NXT, Resicore and SureStart II are not registered 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 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Successful Weed Control Makes Future Use of Enlist™ Corn a Sure Thing

For Todd Lay, the decision whether to continue using Mycogen® hybrids with the Enlist trait has already been made. The performance of Enlist Duo® herbicide with Enlist corn this summer has convinced him to try the technology again.

“The weed control was excellent,” Lay says. “We controlled our Palmer amaranth and waterhemp.”

Lay raises corn, soybeans and alfalfa, with nearly all his acres under irrigation. He uses a combination of ridge tillage and vertical tillage, planting on the ridges. Weed control has been a challenge for the Glenvil, Nebraska, farmer.

This year, he started out with Resicore® corn herbicide, which offers residual activity. He followed postemergence with Enlist Duo® herbicide and says he didn’t have to use anything else this year.

“We’ve had some isolated areas with weed issues,” he reports. “This year it’s clean. There are no weeds there.”

High yields, happy ending
It’s been a good year for corn and soybean yield for Lay. His corn was about 10-15 bushels above average. He says the Enlist hybrids are yielding as good as or better than his other hybrids.

Just as important, he says Enlist Duo stayed on target during application and didn’t volatilize afterward.

“Some of my soybeans were burned by drift this year,” Lay says. “I don’t want herbicides I use to drift into other fields. I think Enlist Duo is a better option for me than other new herbicides.”

Burndown sets the stage

“We did a burndown with Resicore and glyphosate to start off clean,” Lay says. “I applied Enlist Duo postemergence. The application was excellent. It was easy to apply. I saw no drift or volatility.

“It wasn’t that hard to find time to spray according to the label direction,” Lay says. “We sprayed some near a neighbor’s conventional soybeans and some near our own soybeans. We saw no issues with ours and had no complaints from the neighbor.”

Some of his irrigation pivots are half corn, half soybeans. Even conventional soybeans right next to Enlist hybrids were unaffected.

“Enlist Duo doesn’t seem to have the volatility we have with other products,” Lay says. “Tank cleanout is easy, too. We just triple rinse, which is what we always do.”

Success breeds belief
Lay’s experience has convinced him the Enlist weed control system has a place on his farm.

“I’ve already ordered more Enlist corn for 2019,” he says. “Some people around here planted it so they could use DuPont Assure II herbicide to control volunteer corn.”

He talks with other area farmers and will tell them about the use of Enlist Duo herbicide in his fields. His message: “It works. It doesn’t drift. It’s as simple as that.”

Visit ExperiencingEnlist.com to learn more about the experiences of Lay and other farmers who’ve used the Enlist weed control system. For more information, go to the YouTube channel and follow on Twitter at @EnlistOnline.

Todd Lay

Todd Lay of Glenvil, Nebraska, got excellent control of his most troublesome weeds with a program that included Enlist Duo® herbicide.

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

Enlist™ Cotton Successes Set the Stage for Future Use of Enlist E3™ Soybeans

By David Hillger, Ph.D., Field Specialist

The Enlist weed control system has continued to prove its worth in 2018. Cotton farmers lead the way, adopting the technology successfully on a wide scale throughout the Cotton Belt.

As we prepare for the third full commercial year of the Enlist system in cotton, that launch can provide a preview of what to expect when Enlist E3 soybeans are fully commercialized. In 2018, cotton farmers planted 1.5 million acres of PhytoGen W3FE cottonseed, which includes the Enlist trait. Rapid growth means more than 70 percent of the PhytoGen upland portfolio was Enlist cotton this year, and Enlist cotton acres tripled vs. 2017.

The Enlist team working in the Corn Belt learns from our counterparts in the South, who have been advising retailers, applicators and growers throughout these couple of years. We can use their experiences and help retailers prepare their customers to succeed with Enlist E3 soybeans, once we fully commercialize them.

Like Enlist E3 soybeans, Enlist cotton features three herbicide tolerances – 2,4-D choline, glyphosate and glufosinate. Cotton growers are using Enlist One and Enlist Duo herbicides as cornerstones of a program approach. Growers who implement weed control programs delivering multiple modes of action not only obtain better weed control during the growing season but also help curb the development of resistant weeds in future years.

As we look forward to full commercialization of Enlist E3 soybeans, consider these key learnings from cotton country:

  1. Help customers make a plan when incorporating a new trait technology. Urge them to use the Enlist weed control system on areas with glyphosate-resistant weeds. Consider the surrounding landscape and nearby susceptible crops.
  2. Develop and follow a weed resistance management plan. This involves using multiple herbicide modes of action to curb the development of resistant weeds.
  3. Follow the label when applying Enlist herbicides. These products offer inherent low volatility and a better formulation for drift reduction. However, applicators must always follow all label requirements. It’s critical that they pay attention to wind speed and direction, equipment cleanout and environmental conditions. Those who have used the system tell us when they follow the label, they have success in the field.
  4. Fully use all trait tolerances. If your farmers like glufosinate-tolerant soybeans, Enlist E3 soybeans are a natural next step with added herbicide tolerances. Farmers can tank-mix Enlist One herbicide with glufosinate or take advantage of the convenient blend of Enlist Duo herbicide to apply 2,4-D choline and glyphosate easily.
  5. Complete training before it’s time to spray. Retailers, applicators and farmers should take advantage of education and training opportunities before using the Enlist weed control system. Retailers can complete Enlist 360 training online for an overview of the system. They can send their customers to Enlist.com to learn more, too.

Retailers can help their customers evaluate new technology options if they understand those options themselves. We urge retailers to take advantage of the Enlist 360 training, found at Enlist.com. The Enlist weed control system truly is different from traditional 2,4-D and other herbicide trait systems.

We look forward to full commercialization of Enlist E3 soybeans in the future. We’re focused on preparing the industry to succeed with these elite soybean varieties containing the Enlist trait. As we continue to increase Enlist E3 soybean production and expand genetic lines, we’re committed to educating and training users how to incorporate the system confidently and successfully on their farms.

®™Trademarks of Dow AgroSciences, DuPont or Pioneer and their affiliated companies or respective owners. Enlist E3 soybeans were jointly developed by Dow AgroSciences and MS Technologies. Enlist soybeans are approved for cultivation in the U.S. and have also received import approval in a number of importing countries. Dow AgroSciences continues to pursue import approvals in additional countries, including in China, for Enlist E3 soybean products, in accordance with Excellence Through Stewardship product launch guidance. Excellence Through Stewardship is a registered trademark of Excellence Through Stewardship. 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 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. Consult Enlist herbicide labels for weed species controlled. Always read and follow label directions. ©2018 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Herbicide Lessons Lessen Farmers’ Concerns

Growing knowledge about the Enlist weed control system remains vital as Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, continues to prepare the market for the large-scale commercialization of Enlist E3 soybeans.

Corteva Agriscience will broadly license Enlist E3 soybeans following Chinese import approval of the Enlist E3 soybean trait. Making this trait widely available to farmers requires seamless collaboration with seed companies: The technology must be available in the best genetics over a wide range of maturities. That’s why the company is engaging now with seed companies that plan to add Enlist E3 soybeans to their product lineups.

Ensuring the Enlist technology is in elite soybean (as well as corn and cotton) genetics will help farmers, applicators and retailers who evaluate the Enlist trait be more profitable and successful. 

As this technology gets into the hands of more farmers – and the retailers they trust – it builds comfort with the system and prepares for continued expansion of Enlist crop acreage.

Part of this effort is continued access to education and tools that help users get more out of the Enlist system. Field planning, best management practices, application education and advice help farmers position Enlist crops to perform as promised. This includes on-target application, excellent weed control, exemplary crop tolerance and the opportunity for top yield.

Education from the start
From the beginning, education and product stewardship have been critical pillars of this technology. As a key part of the Enlist weed control system, the Enlist Ahead management resource provides an array of tools to help retailers, farmers, and applicators understand how to use this technology — including Enlist herbicides — appropriately and effectively.

As individual Enlist crops come to market, the emphasis on education, training and stewardship expands. Committing resources to these efforts allows the company to launch these crops in a careful, responsible and measured way.

“When we work with farmers, we emphasize field planning, a program approach and adherence to all label requirements, including downwind buffers,” says Andy Asbury, a field specialist for Illinois. “Farmers are seeing how this system works in their fields.”

Specialists such as Asbury provide tools and training to help ensure farmers can use this technology confidently.

“We can help farmers understand label requirements for our products,” says Steve Snyder, a field specialist who covers the upper Midwest. “In addition, we offer online resources so growers in the field can get quick access to information on their tablets or smartphones.”

Customers are gaining experience with Enlist crops. Enlist Ahead tools provide a wealth of information to help users feel secure when using this much-needed and extremely effective weed control technology. Learn more about the Enlist Ahead management resource by visiting Enlist.com

Enlist education efforts

Continuing education efforts highlight the growth of the Enlist weed control system. Collaboration with seed companies and in-the-field training are helping growers, applicators and retailers understand how to use this technology most effectively and successfully.

®™Trademarks of Dow AgroSciences, DuPont or Pioneer and their affiliated companies or respective owners. Enlist E3 soybeans were jointly developed by Dow AgroSciences and MS Technologies. Enlist soybeans are approved for cultivation in the U.S. and have also received import approval in a number of importing countries. Dow AgroSciences continues to pursue import approvals in additional countries, including in China, for Enlist E3 soybean products, in accordance with Excellence Through Stewardship® product launch guidance. ®Excellence Through Stewardship is a registered trademark of Excellence Through Stewardship. ©2018 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Maximize your customers’ profit potential with Instinct® and manure

Across the Midwest, manure is becoming an increasingly important fertilizer type for cornfields during spring and fall. To maximize yield, growers invest their time, labor, machinery and fuel costs to apply liquid manure as an effective nitrogen source. And while there’s much to gain, just like with other nitrogen sources, there is also susceptibility to loss through leaching and denitrification.

To extend nitrogen availability in the soil for up to eight weeks, Instinct® nitrogen stabilizer can be easily mixed directly into deep pits and lagoons. This makes nitrogen available and ready when the crop needs it most: during critical growth stages.

How do manure and Instinct® nitrogen stabilizer work together?              

Mixing Instinct into a manure pit and spreading onto fields will extend nitrogen availability for corn and result in overall higher yield. Spreading manure as a fertilizer type is an effective practice and a natural source of nitrogen but may cause leaching and denitrification. Instinct gives farmers the opportunity to increase yield by 10 to 12 bushels per acre* and reduce leaching into groundwater and denitrification by keeping nitrogen at the root zone for a longer period. For maximum crop growth, Instinct provides available nitrogen up to eight weeks longer in key growth stages for corn.

A straightforward approach

When using common agitation procedures, Instinct can be evenly distributed in the entire manure pit and will not cause damage to pit walls due to being alkaline in nature. Once incorporated with the soil, Instinct® nitrogen stabilizer will release the active ingredient, allowing corn to reach its maximum yield potential. Overall, Instinct provides an average revenue increase of $21 per acre,** proving beneficial to add to any farmer’s operation.

For more information, visit NitrogenMaximizers.com/MaximizeManure/ or contact your Corteva Agriscience™ sales representative.

*Vetsch, J., and J. Lamb. 2011. Applying Instinct as a nitrogen stabilizer for fall applied manure http://blog-crop-news.extension.umn.edu/2011/10/applying-instinct-as-nitrogen.html?m=1.

**Based on 452 Dow AgroSciences field trials from 2010-16, resulting in an average increase of 6.1 bu./A at $3.50/bu.

Including Instinct® nitrogen stabilizer into a nitrogen management program will allow corn to have access to available nitrogen during key growth stages

®™Trademarks of Dow AgroSciences, DuPont or Pioneer and their affiliated companies or 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. Federal law does not require any person who applies or supervises the use of Instinct to be certified in accordance with EPA regulations and state, territorial and tribal laws. Some states may have additional requirements related to liquid manure and nitrogen stabilizers. Be sure to consult your state or local Extension service to understand your requirements. When applying Instinct to deep pits, appropriate manure agitation safety steps should be followed: Instinct should be applied directly to the deep pit prior to pumping the pit; a thorough agitation system must be operating in order to evenly distribute Instinct within the deep pit; applicators and handlers of Instinct and manure treated with Instinct are required to use proper protective equipment as stated on the product label; air ventilation systems must be operational inside barns. Always read and follow label directions. ©2018 Corteva Agriscience