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23

Oct

2020

WEED MANAGEMENT BRIEF: IMPORTANCE OF AMS WITH LIBERTY® AND GLYPHOSATE APPLICATIONS

Author: Joe Bolte

Liberty® and glyphosate are considered to be weak acid herbicides. Water hardness will greatly influence the performance of a weak acid herbicide. Much of the spray water many applicators use comes from wells and is considered to be “hard water.”

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20

Oct

2020

WEED MANAGEMENT BRIEF: INFLUENCE OF WEED SIZE ON LIBERTY APPLICATIONS

Author: Joe Bolte

Contact products like Liberty® require proper coverage to achieve successful weed control. One factor that will influence coverage is the carrier rate. Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® data shows a 12% increase in waterhemp control when Liberty is sprayed at 20 GPA vs. 15 GPA. Contact herbicides do not move in the plant like a systemic herbicide such as glyphosate does. Therefore, control will be heavily impacted if a contact herbicide does not cover the entire plant.

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15

Oct

2020

Weed Management Brief: CARRIER RATE - LIBERTY + GLYPHOSATE

Author: Joe Bolte

Glyphosate is effective on many of the same weeds on which Liberty is weaker, like grasses, velvetleaf, etc. Therefore, manage a Liberty + glyphosate application just like Liberty alone, since the Liberty is doing the heavy lifting.

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15

Oct

2020

Weed Management Brief: Carrier Rate - Liberty

Author: Joe Bolte

Contact products like Liberty® require thorough coverage due to lack of herbicide movement in the plant. This means that the herbicide must come in contact with the plant tissue in order to achieve control. Systemic products such as glyphosate can translocate throughout the plant, making coverage not as crucial.

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12

Oct

2020

Weed Management Brief: ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS — ROW WIDTH

Author: Joe Bolte

Canopy closure is one of the best defenses to prevent the germination of weeds. The competition from canopy closure will reduce the amount of light, making it much harder for weeds to germinate. When applying a pre-emerge herbicide, followed by an in-season residual, the goal is for the blanket of protection to last until canopy closure. Therefore, it is critical for the residual herbicide to last until canopy closure, which may not occur on wider rows. Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® data shows narrow rows can help reduce waterhemp pressure in the untreated check.

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7

Oct

2020

Weed Management Brief: Alternative Solutions - Tillage

Author: Joe Bolte

Do you face the same challenging weeds you faced 20 or 30 years ago? In the past 30 years, farmers have adopted more soil conservation practices such as no-till and shallower tillage methods. This shift in tillage practices will impact the weed species in your fields.

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5

Oct

2020

WEED MANAGEMENT BRIEF: Alternative solutions - Cover Crops

Author: Joe Bolte

Cover crops not only play an important role in soil heath, but also in weed control. Cover crops can reduce selection pressure on current, effective herbicide options, and they can also suppress weeds due to the large amounts of biomass they produce. Similar to canopy coverage, biomass will shade the soil and reduce weed emergence.

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30

Sep

2020

WEED MANAGEMENT BRIEF: WINTER ANNUAL ID AND WEED CONTROL

Author: Joe Bolte

WHAT IS A WINTER ANNUAL?

Winter annuals will germinate in the fall, overwinter, and produce seed in early spring and summer. Common examples include marestail, henbit, purple deadnettle, prickly lettuce, common chickweed, shepherd’s purse, pennycress, etc. Most winter annuals will overwinter as a rosette and bolt in the spring, producing seed in early summer. However, marestail can have extended germination which can result in additional flushes of weeds in the spring and even early summer.

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23

Sep

2020

Weed Management Brief: MARESTAIL BURNDOWN

Author: Joe Bolte

One of the first steps to a successful herbicide program is starting clean to allow the pre-emerge herbicide to reach the soil surface. The burndown also allows the opportunity to utilize other “effective” SOAs that can’t be used in-season such as Gramoxone® SL 2.0. Spraying early in the spring provides the opportunity to control winter annuals like marestail as well as emerging summer annuals such as giant ragweed.

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21

Sep

2020

WEED MANAGEMENT BRIEF: POWER OF IN-SEASON RESIDUALS

Author: Joe Bolte

Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® data shows the importance of using pre-emerge herbicides with multiple effective SOAs in order to lay the foundation for a successful herbicide program. The question is whether the pre-emerge herbicide will last until canopy closure. Once we reach canopy closure, the limited light makes it difficult for new flushes of weeds to emerge.

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17

Sep

2020

Weed Management Brief: Power in the Pre

Author: Joe Bolte

Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This quote can be applied to weed management today. Preventing weeds from emerging protects yield.

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10

Sep

2020

MULTIPLE SOAs: THE BEST WEED CONTROL OPTION

Author: Joe Bolte

The easiest weeds to control are those that never emerge. Cliché? Maybe. But as weeds continue to adapt, mounting resistance to herbicides builds every year. Sustainable control has become increasingly more challenging to achieve.

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17

Aug

2020

Weed Management Brief: POWER IN THE PRE™

Author: Joe Bolte

Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

This quote can be applied to weed management today. A successful pre-emerge application lays the foundation for a successful post-emerge application.

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15

Jun

2020

AGRONOMY TALK: Hail Damage

Author: Jon Caspers

With summer heat comes summer storms- and occasionally, hail damage. The impact (no pun intended) of hail on your crop depends on the severity of the initial damage, the growth stage of the crop, and weather conditions as the crop recovers.

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12

May

2020

AGRONOMY TALK: EARLY-SEASON SOYBEAN PESTS

This agronomy brief covers the damage caused by the most common early-season soybean pests, how to identify them, and how to manage them.

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12

May

2020

AGRONOMY TALK: EARLY-SEASON CORN PESTS

Author: Jon Skinner

This agronomy brief covers the damage caused by the most common early-season corn pests, how to identify them, and how to manage them.

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12

May

2020

AGRONOMY TALK: SOYBEAN YIELD COMPONENTS

Author: Jon Caspers

Soybean yields ultimately depend on the number and weight of the seeds harvested per acre. Soybean yield is determined by nodes per acre (plants per acre x nodes per plant), pods per node, seeds per pod, and seed weight.

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11

May

2020

AGRONOMY TALK: BLACK CUTWORM

Author: Scott Dickey

Black cutworm (BCW) (Agrotis ipsilon) is an insect pest in many areas of the world. It can cause significant economic damage to corn, soybean, cotton, and other crop species. In the Corn Belt, BCW larvae are primarily known for the damage they cause to newly emerged corn plants. Their feeding can result in cut off seedlings near ground level, thus, the name “cutworm”.

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21

Apr

2020

AGRONOMY TALK: FUSARIUM HEAD BLIGHT IN WHEAT

Author: Austin Scott

Fusarium Head Blight (FHB), also called head scab, is a disease that can affect many small grain crops, but its economic impact is the largest on wheat. The causal pathogen of this disease is Fusarium graminearum, and it can significantly impact yield and grain quality. The disease can produce many mycotoxins. Deoxynivalenol (DON), also known as vomitoxin, is the primary mycotoxin screened for at grain delivery points.

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20

Apr

2020

AGRONOMY TALK: STARTER FERTILIZER USE IN CORN

Starter fertilizers are relatively small amounts of plant nutrients, placed near the seed at planting. The two most common application methods are in-furrow, also called pop-up, and 2x2. While some planter setups are not a true 2 in. over and 2 in. below the seed, all banded starter fertilizer that’s not placed in the planting furrow is referred to as 2x2.

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