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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.