Sponsored: Proactive Weed Control Efforts Get a Boost
David Underwood grows cotton, corn and soybeans on his farm in central North Carolina. He takes a proactive approach to weed control, carefully monitoring each field and trying technologies to limit the impact weeds can have on yield.
Each year, Underwood plants more than 1,000 acres of cotton. He plants several hundred acres of PhytoGen® cottonseed, including PhytoGen brand PHY 340 W3FE and PHY 330 W3FE. Both varieties provide him with yield and quality benefits that work well on his farm. In addition, both feature the Enlist™ cotton trait.
This year is the second year that Underwood has taken advantage of the Enlist™ system in cotton. As the primary applicator, he’s been impressed by the on-target application and weed control provided by Enlist herbicides.
“We had a weed issue with Palmer amaranth on land we inherited,” Underwood explains. “We knew it would be tough to clean up, but we are trying to be proactive this year.”
Underwood applied Enlist One™ herbicide in a tank mix as part of his overall pest and weed management strategy.
“It handled the weeds. It did a really great job,” Underwood says. “After application, the cotton was looking really good.”
In 2017, he applied Enlist Duo® herbicide and saw firsthand how it stayed on target to control problem weeds. With a cornfield 30 inches from his Enlist cotton, Underwood wanted to see how well the herbicide would stay on target. To find out, he turned off the fence-row nozzle on his sprayer and let Enlist Duo go to work on the redroot pigweed that was growing in the cotton field. He took detailed notes to document the application and closely watched the results.
“The wind was blowing 3 mph toward the corn. Enlist Duo controlled the pigweed about 10 inches past the end of the last nozzle, but it did not touch anything beyond that,” he says. “If you follow the label and run the right pressure with the right nozzle, the herbicide will stay where it’s supposed to.”
Underwood makes his herbicide applications himself and keeps the label in the sprayer with him so he can refer to it if he has questions. This summer, his Enlist cotton was the cleanest cotton he has ever had. He likes the fact that he can scout for late-season weed flushes and, if needed, come back with a second application.
The additional flexibility he gains, including the ability to apply several modes of action to control troublesome weeds, is a plus in Underwood’s book.
“We like the versatility of the Enlist system,” Underwood says. “We like that we can mix Enlist One with glufosinate. There are several different ways you can go for weed control.”
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