Crop Protection

Tackling Small Grain Pest Concerns

Tech reps from Bayer CropScience and Syngenta Crop Protection outline new no-till small grain pesticide management strategies.
Having invested in the latest sprayer technologies, cereal grain growers are gearing up to do a better job of applying pesticides — starting this fall with winter wheat.
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Staying A Step Ahead

A stable of late-model, essential equipment and innovative weed control takes Ellis McFadden’s no-till success in new directions.
When we wrote about Ellis McFadden’s no-till operation near Fort Wayne, Ind., in November 2003, he noted two important keys to success. First, keep only equipment that is absolutely necessary, but make sure it’s all new or nearly new. Second, don’t be shy about trying new methods that help you farm smarter.
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No-Till And Organic Techniques Coming Together Out East

Thirty years of research, trial and error and changing attitudes, along with improved equipment, are setting the stage for grower success.
“HELP!” Horticulturist Ron Morse remembers the day nearly 30 years ago when that message, scrawled by a county extension agent on the bottom of a snapshot, arrived at his Virginia Tech University office. The photo showed a mud slide blocking a rural Appalachian farm road. What was left of a cabbage patch planted on a steep sloping field was mired in the mud.
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Get Used To Threat Of Asian Soybean Rust

Asian soybean rust finally appeared in the U.S. last season but had little impact after years of warnings about its potential catastrophic effects on soybean yields. That doesn’t mean the researchers were wrong and no-tillers can ignore the threat.
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Even Without Asian Rust, It Still Pays To Spray

Spraying fungicides at the R3 stage should be profitable even without finding Asian rust in your no-till soybean fields.
Instead of worrying about whether Asian rust is going to hit your no-tilled soybean fields this summer, you should consider spraying fungicides, Wayne Pedersen says. The University of Illinois plant pathologist says it’s likely to pay dividends through control of several late-maturing soybean diseases.
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Latest On Adjuvants Offered

The May issue on No-Till Farmer offered a look at the basic characteristics of adjuvants to help you make more informed purchase decisions. Another good source is the pocket-sized 8th Edition of the Compendium of Herbicide Adjuvants, released in January by Bryan Young, a weed scientist at Southern Illinois University.It is available for $3.Visit www.siu.edu for an order form.
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Slug-Control Product Escapes Notice

Sluggo is used mostly in the West, despite research showing that it could be a boon to no-tillers.
Although it has been available for several years, an often-overlooked, environ- mentally friendly slug-control product is gaining popularity in the United States and could provide an alternative to metaldehyde- based products for no-tillers.
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Herbicide Diversity is Critical

With concerns continuing to develop over glyphosate weed resistance in no-tilled crops, weed scientists keep suggesting that growers start using LibertyLink and Clearfield traits that offer alter- native herbicide modes of action.
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Atrazine Usage Challenged

Despite the fact that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials estimate that growing corn without atrazine could cost no-tillers as much as $28 an acre due to reduced yields and the need for more expensive herbicides, you might be in danger of losing this long-term weed control chemical product.
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