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  • Hope on the Horizon for Weed Resistance
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    Hope on the Horizon for Weed Resistance

    January 17, 2013

    Posted by Bill Kessinger in Crop Management

    Some growers are all too aware that Palmer Amaranth is an increasingly worrisome weed for many fields. Causing severe issues in the south, the glyphosate and ALS-resistant weed is making its way further north, with no signs of slowing down on its own. The weed is very aggressive, reportedly growing up to three inches per day, and producing millions of seeds per plant. In the Pigweed family, Palmer Amaranth is related to Waterhemp, a weed we are all too familiar with. Palmer Amaranth is relatively new to growers in Indiana, and now has a toehold in several counties across northern regions of the state. The reason for the quick geography jump has not been determined. Some speculation believes it could have arrived with cotton hulls from the south used in some dairy rations. It could have arrived with some cover crop seed, or possibly mechanically. How it actually got here will probably never be determined, but what we do know is that northern Indiana does have the glyphosate and ALS-resistant strain of this weed.

    Fortunately, there is hope for growers looking for a solution. The LibetyLink system will be a very important tool to combat Palmer Amaranth and other glyphosate-resistant weeds. Also, in the near future, more options will be available to growers as new technologies are on the horizon. The Enlist E3 Weed Management System, another new soybean system featuring isoxaflutole and the Roundup Ready Xtend system with dicamba will give growers options of multiple modes of action with some offering residual control. My advice is to learn about the new technologies, and in the meantime, take advantage of what we currently have available by alternating the modes of action in your system and utilizing pre-emerge herbicides. The best way to combat hard-to-control weeds is early prevention.

    Don’t hesitate to contact me or a Regional Sales Agronomist in your area to learn more about LibertyLink for the 2013 spring growing season. For more information on the new systems coming down the road, take a look at Directory of Agronomy Brian Hartman’s insight on the new technologies.

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    New Soybean Technologies Will Give Growers More Choice

    December 18, 2012

    Posted by Brian Hartman in Technology

    A delegation from Stine attended the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) convention in Chicago in early December, where much discussion focused on new soybean technologies that will be available in the coming years. Stine is already committed to licensing these technologies, which will give growers additional weed control options packaged in premium, high-yielding genetics.

     The new technologies include:

    • Enlist E3 Soybeans, another offering in the Enlist Weed Control System portfolio. Enlist E3 will feature three herbicide tolerant genes stacked together, including a new 2, 4-D choline, glyphosate and glufosinate. Growers will be able to spray Enlist Duo herbicide with Colex-D Technology over the top of Enlist soybeans, which has minimized potential for drift and near-zero volatility. Pending regulatory approval, E3 Soybeans are expected to be available in 2015.
    • FG72 Soybeans pair high-yielding elite genetics with a double herbicide tolerant trait stack providing tolerance to glyphosate and isoxaflutole, which is the active ingredient in Bayer’s Balance Bean herbicide. Both glyphosate and isoxaflutole are non-volatile chemistries that will not affect adjacent crops. Pending regulatory approval, FG72 soybeans are expected to be available in 2015. FG72 is the current working name for the soybeans. An official brand announcement will be made in late winter 2013.
    • The Roundup Ready Xtend crop system,when approved, will feature the industry’s first soybean with tolerance to glyphosate and a reformulated low-volatility dicamba. Developed by Monsanto, the product is expected to be released in 2014.

    As more information about these new weed control solutions becomes available, Stine will work to help growers understand their benefits, and best practices for preserving the effectiveness of glyphosate, like rotating chemistries and crops. Watch for more information on this blog and on Facebook and Twitter

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    How to Use Plot Information for Maximum Value

    August 27, 2012

    Posted by Brian Hartman in Crop Management

    In a year like we are experiencing, it is important to keep in mind what makes valuable plot information. It is easy to take the results from your local plot and make your purchasing decisions for the following year. This, however, is old school mentality and I strongly discourage anybody from doing just that. There are too many variables in our environment to rely on just a couple of local plots. After all, it is impossible to predict what next year will bring. 

    I do encourage looking at multiple location data to help show the true potential of a corn hybrid or a soybean variety.  Reviewing multiple plots and summaries helps reduce the risk on your farm by exposing corn or soybean products in different environments. All of us have witnessed situations where simple product placement in an individual plot can have a dramatic effect.  Insect pressure, compaction, soil types, disease and placement of a taller hybrid next to a shorter hybrid are sure to have a negative effect. For this reason, our research plots are all replicated in the same field and have multiple locations throughout the Corn Belt. 

    With all these different reasons to depend on multiple plots for information, I am pleasantly pleased with the early results we are getting from the field. For example, Stine 9732VT3Pro is topping out plots and side-by-sides in both low- and high-yield environments from Arkansas to Kansas. To get more information on Stine high-yielding corn and soybean products, please take the time to get with your Stine District Sales Manager and Stine Regional Sales Agronomist. These are the people who get a firsthand look at Stine hybrids, along with competitive products in the industry, and know how to place them on your farm for maximum yield potential.