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.

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Ahead of the Curve

Drone Mapping Technology Slashes Chemical Costs By 70%

Sentera’s rapid remote-sensing & map generation spots weeds as small as ¼ inch to target field sections needing immediate specific crop protection
Recent digital technology improvements have spawned the ability to scan entire fields quickly and inexpensively with drone flights, then provide maps identifying specific weeds and their locations — all in about 12 hours.
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Strip-Till Innovator Awards

2024 Strip-Till Innovator Develops Banded System for 300-Bushel Yields

Chris Perkins introduces strip-till to growers in his region & boosts yields by 60 bushels per acre with liquid & dry fertilizer program.
Every time Otwell, Ind., strip-tiller Chris Perkins breaks the 300-bushel barrier, a framed vintage DeKalb seed bag goes up on his office walls, showing the year, hybrid type and yield number. He’s running out of wall space.
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Is See & Spray Practical in a No-Till System?

Tyler Troiola used John Deere See & Spray Premium for the first time. The retrofit kit uses 36 cameras and machine learning to selectively target spray weeds. Troiola used it on corn at 10 inches, 14 inches and 18 inches. When corn was 10 inches tall, he says See & Spray only sprayed about 18% of the field, which adds up to over 80% in herbicide savings. It went down to about 70% savings on 14-inch-tall corn, and 60% savings on 18-inch-tall corn.
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Ahead of the Curve: Aerial WeedScout

There’s new smart spray technology from precision ag startup Sentera that could lower herbicide usage by up to 70%. It’s called Aerial WeedScout. It uses aerial imaging from a drone and artificial intelligence to detect weeds. Then it creates prescriptions within 24 hours that can be executed through any precision sprayer. Sentera CTO Eric Taipale explains what separates Aerial WeedScout from other precision spraying options on the market.
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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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Getting a Jump on Tough No-Till Weeds

Getting a Jump on Tough No-Till Weeds

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Take a systems approach to weed management with this 24-page report. Discover how-to tips and information on killing five of the most infamous weeds you face today, as well as proper tank-mixing strategies and rules to follow using new herbicide formulations like dicamba.

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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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NNTC 2015 Speaker Presentation

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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