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Sponsored: Farmer Puts Pressure on Pigweed

Cotton varieties allow growers to use herbicides that work on their toughest weeds.

Daniel Loftin and his dad consider themselves cotton farmers. While you may find a few acres of rice, corn or soybeans, cotton is still king for their operation. Every year, the Loftins grow approximately 2,000 acres of cotton on their farms in northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri. 

“I am the fifth generation and manage the farm,” Loftin says. “But Dad is still the CEO.” 

Loftin appreciates the wisdom his dad and granddad have continued to share with him as he makes important decisions on the farm. 

In 2018, the Loftins decided to plant PhytoGen® cottonseed with the Enlist trait on 100 percent of their cotton acres. Loftin says his dad believes in the technology. First, they verified the new varieties would produce similar yield to the varieties they had planted previously. Then they made their acre-by-acre plans and started the season. 

Like many other farmers in Arkansas, the Loftins face pigweeds, which challenge their crops for sunlight, water and nutrients. His weed control program this year included an initial pass of Enlist One herbicide tank-mixed with glyphosate. He then made a second pass with glufosinate and glyphosate. Loftin appreciates the glufosinate tolerance the Enlist cotton provides because it helps with weed resistance management. It gives him the ability to use three herbicide modes of action postemergence on his Enlist cotton.

To help manage the weeds on sandy soils during wet weather, Loftin made another application of Enlist One herbicide plus glyphosate.

“This weed control approach was very effective,” Loftin says. “We are pleased with how things are looking. This spring was tough, but the weed control seems good. Everything stayed clean where we could make timely applications.”

Loftin has four PhytoGen brand varieties planted on his farm, including PhytoGen brand PHY 320 W3FE, which helps control troublesome nematodes.

“We’ve had stand issues in our field behind the barn because of nematodes,” Loftin says. “With this variety, though, this is the most even stand we’ve ever had.” 

The Loftins also planted PhytoGen brand PHY 330 W3FE, PHY 340 W3FE and an experimental plot.

After using the Enlist system this year, Loftin is more than ready to use it again.

“I really like the Enlist system,” he says. “If yield turns out, we definitely will plant all Enlist again next year. I feel like I’m in control with the Enlist system.”

He also has confidence the herbicides will stay on target if he follows the requirements.

“As long as you apply the Enlist system within the labeled weather minimums, you can rest easy knowing it’s going to stay where you spray,” Loftin says. “With other herbicide-tolerant systems, we don’t have that security.” 

Learn more about farmer experiences with the Enlistsystem at ExperiencingEnlist.com. Also visit theYouTube channel and follow on Twitter at @EnlistOnline.

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