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Late corn planting? Stay focused on weed control

On Groundhog Day in February 2018, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, signaling six more weeks of winter. Months later, farmers are feeling the impact of that prediction as prolonged cool weather delayed corn planting across the Midwest. Farmers are making quick progress to remedy the delay, but unfortunately, so are weeds. 

If any weed grows more than a few inches tall, it is difficult to control. Some common weeds, such as marestail, can grow almost any time of the year without being dormant long. Other weeds, such as waterhemp, can grow 1.5 inches per day. It’s critical to scout for these weeds throughout the growing season so you can identify them early and implement an effective herbicide program.

Because of heavy pressure from Palmer amaranth and kochia, Nebraska farmer Blake Johnson sees the importance of early season weed control despite a later start to planting. Johnson usually begins planting corn around April 10, but at that time this year he had just applied a burndown herbicide.

“We’re incorporating Resicore as the corn emerges for good blanket of residual to get the crop to canopy,” Johnson says. “With our corn program, we want to use different modes of action. We’ve always used dicamba in our post application but now we’re using Resicore, which doesn’t have dicamba, to get a different mode of action.”

Recommend herbicides that are proven to perform.
There are a variety of unique corn herbicides to help your customers control weeds pre- and postemergence, including:

  • Resicore® herbicide gives farmers power over weeds deep into the growing season. Introduced to cornfields in 2016, Resicore brings together three modes of action and a wide rate range to fit a variety of agronomic programs, including preemergence, postemergence or split applications.
  • SureStart® II herbicide is proven to give corn a strong start as the first pass to control difficult and herbicide-resistant weeds and grasses. SureStart II can be applied preplant or on up to 11-inch-tall corn, giving your customers the flexibility to overcome unexpected weather delays and cover more ground.
  • DuPont Realm® Q herbicide provides excellent postemergence broadleaf weed control in corn, with a built-in crop safener and multiple modes of action. The convenient dry formulation of Realm Q makes measuring, mixing and cleanup easier, and it eliminates the need for pumps, tanks or meters.
  • DuPont Cinch® ATZ herbicide and Keystone® NXT herbicide are dependable solutions for your customers wanting to apply a residual with atrazine. Both products can be applied from preplant through early postemergence.

In 2017, Nebraska farmer Blake Johnson applied FulTime® NXT herbicide preemergence followed by Resicore® herbicide postemergence to keep his cornfields clean deep into the growing season.

®™Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (“DuPont”) or affiliated companies of Dow or DuPont. DuPont Cinch® ATZ, FulTime NXT and Keystone NXT are federally Restricted Use Pesticides. DuPont Cinch® ATZ herbicide, DuPont Realm® Q herbicide, FirstRate, Keystone NXT, SureStart II and Resicore are not registered for sale or use in all states. FulTime NXT, Keystone NXT, SureStart II and Resicore are 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. ©2018 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Follow checklist to keep Enlist™ herbicides on target

Help your customers keep herbicide applications on the intended target to ensure better weed control results. For crispy weeds and clean fields, use the tips below to apply Enlist One herbicide or Enlist Duo® herbicide to Enlist corn, cotton or soybeans.

Application window: Ensure your crops are within the right growth stage window for an application of an Enlist herbicide.

Tank-mix partners: Before adding any other products to the sprayer, check EnlistTankMix.com for qualified tank-mix partners for each Enlist herbicide.

Nozzles: Use only nozzles and pressure combinations listed on the labels for Enlist One herbicide and Enlist Duo herbicide.

Wind speed and direction: The wind speed should be between 3 and 10 mph when making an application. Do not apply during a temperature inversion.

Susceptible crops: Make sure the wind is blowing away from susceptible crops. There is not an acceptable buffer for an application of an Enlist herbicide if the wind is moving in the direction of susceptible crops, such as cotton without the Enlist trait.

Sensitive areas: Leave a 30-foot downwind buffer to sensitive areas, such as woods, pastures, grass ditches and lawns.

Sprayer contamination: To avoid sprayer contamination, clean the sprayer out thoroughly before making an application. Pay attention to screens, nozzles and hoses and make sure they are cleaned, as well.

For on-target herbicide application and efficient weed control, use only nozzles and spray pressure settings listed on the herbicide label.

Spray pressure: Apply Enlist One herbicide and Enlist Duo herbicide at the right pressure based on the label and current environmental conditions.

Spray rate: Check that you are applying Enlist One herbicide at 2 pints per acre or Enlist Duo herbicide at 4.75 pints per acre.

Spray volume: For best results, use a spray volume of 10 to 15 gallons of water per acre.

Boom height: Consult the nozzle manufacturer for optimum boom height when applying Enlist herbicides.

Cleanout: Fill at least 10 percent of the tank volume with clean water and flush the sprayer. Be sure to triple-rinse the sprayer when you complete an application of an Enlist herbicide.

For more information, visit Enlist.com or check out this quick video on sprayer cleanout processes.

®™Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (“DuPont”) or affiliated companies of Dow or DuPont. 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 on Enlist crops. Always read and follow label directions. ©2018 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Give your customers the power to do more

Waterhemp and Palmer amaranth continue to be driver weeds in corn, leading farmers to find different ways to control these difficult and herbicide-resistant weeds. With trusted residual control, Resicore® herbicide can give your customers power over more than 75 tough weeds and grasses that rob corn yield, profit and time.

In addition to controlling weeds, Resicore is proud to sponsor Season 2 of the Power to Do More contest to give three communities the power to do more this year. Three farmers will win $10,000 for their community and a trip for two to their dream sports field.

Visit PowerToDoMore.com to vote for one of the 10 finalists from eight Midwestern states, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. You can vote for your favorite finalist daily and share the voting website with your customers, co-workers and community until Sunday, April 22.

To learn more about how Resicore can help your customers gain power over weeds this season, visit PowerOverWeeds.com.

Power to Do More contest

®™Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (“DuPont”) or affiliated companies of Dow or DuPont. 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. ©2018 Dow AgroSciences LLC

Dow AgroSciences launches Season 2 of the Power to Do More contest

After receiving a great response to the 2017 Power to Do More contest sponsored by Resicore® corn herbicide, Dow AgroSciences is thrilled to launch Season 2 of the contest.

Your customers can enter the contest now through Feb. 11, 2018, by visiting PowerToDoMore.com and uploading a photo that represents the power of their farm, for a chance to win a trip for two to their dream sports field in the United States and $10,000 for a community nonprofit donation.

Photo entries might include fields, family, friends, pets, livestock, equipment or whatever represents the power of their farm operation.

More than 130 farmers entered the contest in its first year, and Dow AgroSciences awarded $10,000 to three winning community organizations in Iowa, Illinois and Ohio, plus $1,000 each to the seven-remaining top 10 finalists’ communities.

“We were thrilled by the incredible entries in the first year of the Power to Do More contest,” says Lyndsie Kaehler, U.S. corn herbicides product manager, Dow AgroSciences. “Each entrant had a unique story to tell, and we are proud to sponsor this contest again to give more farmers the power to do more on and off their farms and to share their stories with the world.”

Three contest winners will receive a $10,000 community donation to help build or revitalize a playground, park, school sports field, community garden or other local project. Winners will also receive a trip for two to visit their dream U.S. sports field during the 2018 season.

The entry phase closes Feb. 11. On March 26, up to 10 finalists will be announced and daily voting will begin.  The three finalists with the most votes by April 22, 2018, will win. Entries and votes will only be collected on PowerToDoMore.com, but everyone is encouraged to show off the power on their farms, and follow the contest, by using #PowerToDoMore on social media.

The Power to Do More contest is designed to give more power to farming communities, just like Resicore® corn herbicide does in cornfields. Resicore gives farmers power over more than 75 weeds, including Palmer amaranth, morningglory, lambsquarters, waterhemp and marestail, with versatility to be applied preemergence, postemergence or split.

Visit PowerToDoMore.com to watch three documentary videos featuring the 2017 winners and what powers their dedication to farming, and encourage your customers to enter the 2018 contest by Feb. 11.

Power to Do More contest

Encourage your customers to enter the Power to Do More contest now through Feb. 11, 2018, at PowerToDoMore.com.

®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

Retailers rank herbicide-resistant weeds as top concern in soybeans

“Herbicide-resistant weeds” was voted the top concern for soybean-growing customers in 2017, according to a poll on OperationCleanFields.com. A strong soybean herbicide, such as Sonic® herbicide, can deliver residual control of many herbicide-resistant weeds, including giant ragweed, waterhemp, marestail and velvetleaf.

With any potentially resistant weed, frequent and timely scouting after a preemergence application helps retailers and their customers identify troublesome areas and formulate a timely postemergence herbicide plan. After postemergence applications, scouting allows retailers and farmers to identify at-risk fields where herbicide-resistant weeds may already exist and decide if it’s necessary to make a sequential herbicide application with an effective mode of action.

With two nonglyphosate modes of action, Sonic controls many broadleaf weeds early in the season. Sonic can be applied in the fall, preplant incorporated, preplant or preemergence up to three days after planting, before soybeans emerge.

Visit the retailer-exclusive resource, OperationCleanFields.com, to view more poll results and learn about how your customers can get ahead of herbicide-resistant weeds this spring.

What is the biggest challenge you hear from soybean-growing customers?

In July 2017, 55 percent of retailers on OperationCleanFields.com ranked “herbicide-resistant weeds” as their soybean-growing customers’ top concern, followed by “low commodity prices.”

®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

Help your customers pick a product that works

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