Crop Protection

Crop Protection
Learn which products and management tactics can help no-tillers protect their farm ground from yield-robbing threats posed by weeds, diseases and insect pests.

ARTICLES

Would You Trust The EPA To Diagnose An Illness?

If I feel a sudden pain in my ankle while walking down some stairs, I'm not going to the EPA or the 9th Circuit to figure out what caused it. I'm going to the hospital. If the first doctor tells me that my ankle sprain was caused by aliens, I'll seek a second opinion. If the new doctor says there's no evidence that tigers are responsible for my ankle pains, that's probably true, but I'll likely need a third opinion to get out of the mess.
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Illinois Extension Offers Tips for Honeybee-safe Pesticide Spraying

Choose a pesticide with lower bee toxicity. Some products, like neonicotinoid insecticides, are highly toxic to bees. While our target insects are killed by the application rates on the specific use section of the product label, some nontarget insects may be sensitive to smaller quantities of the material.
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Effects of High Temperatures on Wheat

>Both daytime high and nighttime low temperatures have been extremely high across parts of Kansas during the four-day period May 9-12 (Figure 1). Extreme heat in early- to mid-May occasionally happens, but usually just for a single day. To have four consecutive days of days with highs in the low- to mid-90s °F at a time when much of the state’s wheat crop is either in the heading or flowering stage is concerning.


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U. Minn. Offers Tips For Pre-Emergence Herbicide Application

Preemergence herbicides can aid in the control of troublesome weeds such as waterhemp and giant ragweed. They can also result in lower weed densities and a more uniform weed height at the time of postemergence herbicide application, aid in the management of herbicide-resistant weeds, and ultimately help protect crop yield potential and profitability.
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Pulse Crops Amplify Production and Profits

Gordon Stoner no-tills his 12,000 acres of durum, green field peas, lentils, flax and corn in Outlook, Mont. The 22-year no-till veteran moved from a wheat-fallow rotation to pulse crops and has seen his soils and bottom line both greatly improve.

For more information on Stoner’s operation, read the What I’ve Learned From No-Tilling article: Diversity, No-Till and Continuous Cropping Bring Big Impacts to Bottom Line, published in November 2016. (Subscription)

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NNTC16 Audio Presentations

Controlling Voles, Varmints Without Disrupting Your No-Till System - Barry Fisher - NNTC 2016 Presentation - MP3 Download

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Voles are an integral part of an overall healthy working-lands ecosystem, but in certain situations their population growth can be damaging to crops. Barry Fisher, the Central Region Leader for the National Soil Health Division of the NRCS, says five active colonies in a close proximity is considered to be the economic threshold that can significantly reduce corn and soybean stands. Other rodents may also contribute to stand losses to a lesser degree. A recommended control program is one that combines multiple practices and strategies. Fisher discusses a systematic approach to controlling voles, including multiple modes of action to keep these critters in check.

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Combating Tough, Troublesome Weeds that Batter No-Till Systems - Bob Bruss - NNTC 2016 Presentation - MP3 Download

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“Troublesome” weeds are those resistant to one or more classes of chemistry or for various reasons are difficult to control. Bob Bruss, director of technical service for Nufarm Americas, covers the importance of multipronged weed control approaches that span the entire year — not just the growing season — and how to implement them in your no-till system. Bruss also discusses new options for burndown, the importance of fall applications and fallow control and how to best integrate new weed control technologies and traits to minimize the risk of further resistance development.

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Tackling the Surge of Palmer Amaranth and Other Tough No-Till Weeds - Bryan Young - NNTC 2016 Presentation - MP3 Download

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Weed management has progressively become more difficult as the impact of herbicide-resistant weeds continues to expand. What new tactics or technologies will improve control of these problematic weeds? Purdue University weed scientist Bryan Young will discuss the utility of both non-GMO and herbicide-resistant crop hybrids/varieties as the foundation for developing a successful weed management strategy.

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How Can I Protect My Crop This Season? - Chad Threewits - NNTC 2016 Presentation - MP3 Download

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As growers look ahead to 2016, pest control is top of mind. Which corn and soybean diseases are expected to gain an upper hand this year? Which insects or weeds will need more attention? Chad Threewits, a Syngenta agronomic service representative, provides an update about anticipated corn and soybean pests, as well as agronomic tips and product recommendations, to help control these key pests.

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Adjuvants and the Power of the Spray Droplet in Pest Control - Fred Whitford - NNTC 2016 Presentation - MP3 Download

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When it comes to spraying pesticides, think of the pest as the bull’s-eye on a target. The application will get the highest scores when the right rate of the pesticide is delivered directly to the center of the bull’s-eye. But if the relationships between water, the leaf surface and pesticide are off or if the applicator has poor equipment, the application won’t likely be on target. Fred Whitford shares how using adjuvants can help redirect those spray droplets back to the “bulls-eye,” even if the application was marginally acceptable. The clinical engagement professor for the Purdue Pesticide Programs explains how adjuvants can improve the biological performance of the pesticide.

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Beating Weeds, Diseases and Insects with Diverse No-Till Rotations - Dwayne Beck - NNTC 2016 Presentation - MP3 Download

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Weeds, diseases and insects are nature’s way of adding diversity to a system that lacks it. You can try to find technologies that can control all the problems that pop up, or you can prevent most of them by providing beneficial diversity of your own. Dwayne Beck explains why no-tillers will want to rediscover rotational techniques for managing pests, especially with current cost/price ratios. The director of the Dakota Lakes Research Farm near Pierre, S.D., shares why crop rotations that are consistent in sequence or interval provide opportunity for weeds and insects. He also discusses the strengths and weaknesses of different types of rotation.

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Weeds? Insects? Diseases? What No-Tillers Need To Watch For In 2015 - Eric Anderson - NNTC 2015 Presentation - MP3 Download

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Is Palmer amaranth a threat to your no-till yield? Should soil insecticides be more prominently used? What diseases seem to be gaining an upper hand in corn and soybeans? What pests need your attention?

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Conquering Slugs In No-Till By Thinking Like A Slug - John Tooker - NNTC 2015 Presentation - MP3 Download

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Many no-tillers say slugs are becoming the most challenging pest they face. John Tooker will explain the challenges with managing these mollusks in no-tilled crops and address promising slug-control strategies, including the role cover crops may play in slug management.

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Balancing Insecticide Use And Soil Health Through An IPM Approach - John Tooker - NNTC 2015 Presentation - MP3 Download

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Integrated Pest Management is more than just knowing what to spray and when, John Tooker says. The Penn State University entomologist says no-tillers need to think more broadly about their approach to insect control to consider how use of insecticides impact soil health, onfarm diversity of beneficial insects and whole farming systems.

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Preparing For New Approaches To Battle Corn Rootworm - Christian Krupke - NNTC 2015 Presentation - MP3 Download

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While Bt hybrids have been highly effective managing Western corn rootworm for the past decade, resistance has developed within pockets of the Corn Belt. Christian Krupke says no-tillers can learn valuable lessons from patterns and trends linking these resistance hot spots in an effort to prolong this helpful technology.

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EVENTS

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ARS and Weed Science Society Webinar Series

4/5/22 2:00 pm to 6/7/22 3:00 pm EST
Online
Contact: Jessica Ryan
The USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) will host a free webinar series focusing on current research and advancements in managing weeds and invasive plants. By collaborating with WSSA, ARS scientists aim to highlight the important research that has contributed to the development of sustainable practices to control weeds and invasive plants. Presentations will be given by USDA-ARS weed science research experts every Tuesday from 2 to 3 p.m. ET from April 5 to June 7. Each webinar will include an interactive Q&A session. Read More

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2022 National Strip-Tillage Conference

7/28/22 7:00 am to 7/29/22 11:59 pm CST
Hyatt Regency Coralville Hotel & Conference Center
300 E 9th St.
Coralville, IA
United States

Discover 2-days of cutting-edge ideas, techniques and strategies in Coralville, Iowa., July 28-29. Join the most innovative, forward-thinking minds in strip-till to raise your level of strip-till profitability, efficiency and efficacy.

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