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Sponsored: Illinois Farm Banks on Program Approach: Residual and Effective Postemergence Herbicides

Timely application of effective herbicides takes care of weed concerns.

While many growers struggled with weather issues throughout the 2018 growing season, Grant Strom of Illinois enjoyed a textbook season – at least for herbicide application. 

“It was almost an ideal year for us,” Strom says. “We were able to get our residuals down just after planting and came back with our postemergence applications before weeds could get a foothold. Our weed control was very good.”

Strom farms with his wife, parents, sister and brother-in-law. He’s the third generation working full time on the farm, which grows corn and soybeans. Like many farmers in their area, waterhemp has become a major problem for their operation. They’re interested in the Enlist™ weed control system as a new tool for rotating herbicide modes of action into their weed control program. 

They have adopted no-till production. That and a move to earlier planting dates has caused a change in their early-season herbicide program, according to Strom. He explains he was having trouble getting herbicides down before planting. So he opted to apply at planting. This way, he doesn’t have to worry about the planter coming along after the herbicides are down and moving the products out of the rows and away from the crop. 

“Two years ago, we started planting and applying herbicides within 24 hours,” Strom says. “Residuals are very important. They keep the field clean until we can get our postemergence herbicides down.”

Strom applies his postemergence herbicides before residual activity can wear off and allow weeds to take off.

“Four inches is the tallest I ever want to see any weed,” he says.

Strom opted for Enlist One™ herbicide because he could tank-mix a residual for longer efficacy. He used Enlist One mixed with glyphosate and Warrant herbicide as a residual.

He had perfect application conditions. Temperatures were near 75 degrees with low wind.

“It stayed on target,” he reports. “We didn’t notice any off-target movement. No crops or nearby plants were affected. Handling was easy and I believe is simpler than dicamba. The mixability is a little easier than dicamba.”

Strom says the application controlled his most difficult weeds: Waterhemp, marestail, giant ragweed and some aggressive lambsquarters. Later in the season, he did have a flush of cockleburs, but a second glyphosate application took care of that issue.

Weather conditions continued to hold for Strom through the end of the growing season. His area of Illinois avoided harvest delays, allowing him to get into the field on time. His overall yields were above average. 

“I like Enlist because it offers a different mode of action,” Strom says. “I want to take another look at the Enlist E3 genetics and gather more information about yield. I would like to take another look at some varieties in 2019.”

To learn more about farmers’ experiences with the Enlistsystem, go to ExperiencingEnlist.com. Also visit theYouTube channel and follow on Twitter at @EnlistOnline.

™®Trademarks of Dow AgroSciences, DuPont or Pioneer, and their affiliated companies or their 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 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. ©2018 Dow AgroSciences LLC  

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