Crop Protection

Why Dandelions Are Costing No-Tillers Big Bucks

Ohio State University weed scientists share the latest ideas on why dandelions are becoming a bigger threat to no-tilled crops.
When it comes to weed control, more no-tillers each year are having problems dealing with dandelions. Ohio State University weed scientists Anthony Dobbels, Mark Loux and Jeff Stachler say that dandelions have become much more widespread in Ohio crop production fields over the past 5 years.
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List Of Options Growing For Controlling No-Till Soybean Pests

Herbicide and insecticide manufacturers offer advice and a few new products to no-tillers for the coming growing season
Defense planning is under way across the country. No-tillers are taking aim at the weeds, insects and diseases that could threaten their soybean crops in 2004. And as the threats to soybeans change - aphids have become a bigger problem in the past couple of years, and fast-acting rust disease seems ready to move into the U.S. from South America - the country's pesticide manufacturers are offering some new alternatives on top of proven performers to guard the fields.
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More Choices Available in 2004 For Protecting No-Till Corn

New products are mostly refinements of old standbys and recent successful introductions. Manufacturers are emphasizing convenience and market competition.
No-Tillers planning for the 2004 growing season can look forward to a handful of new alternatives for protecting their corn from weeds and insects. Herbicide and insecticide manufacturers and seed producers introduced their new products to attendees at the National No-Tillage Conference held in Des Moines, Iowa, in January.
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What I've Learned From No-Tilling: Direct Seeding Has Dramatically Reduced Dependence On Herbicides

Thanks to diversified crop rotations and improved management strategies, no-tilling is paying off for this eastern Oregon rancher and his two sons.
When we started no-tilling 25 years ago, we really weren’t trying to solve a soil erosion problem. We hadn’t thought it through that far and we just wanted to stay competitive by reducing costs. And it took several years and dramatic changes in our cropping systems before we started to see the real long-term benefits of no-till (which we call direct seeding).
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Federal, Judicial Decisions Capture Attention Of Pesticide Industry

Drastic changes in the regulation of agricultural biotechnology products might lie ahead for many no-tillers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering an overhaul of the regulations to include consideration of the environmental impact of biotech crops. Since 1987, when the USDA began regulating biotech products, the regulations emphasized only biotech’s effect on human health.
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Does Mixing Order Matter?

An item in the October, 2003, issue on the proper order of tankmixing glyphosate products led to a comment from a No-Till Farmer reader in North Dakota. He informed us that research conducted at North Dakota State indicates that the efficacy of Roundup herbicide is not affected by the order in which it is mixed with water and ammonium sulfate (AMS).
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Stretch Your No-Till Weed Control Power

Whether it’s a surfactant, sticker, extender, emulsifier buffer, conditioner or something else, deciding on the best herbicide boosters to use to control weeds in your no-till operation is no easy task.
No-Tillers rarely apply post-emergence herbicides without an adjuvant, whether it’s part of the manufacturer’s herbicide formulation or is added during tankmixing. But selecting adjuvants is no easy task, with more than 4,000 products on the market.
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