Pickers hum through the fields, and farmers anxiously wait to see the results. Soon after the pickers are cleaned and stored, the farmers will start making plans for 2019. Many will choose to plant seed tolerant to certain herbicides. To benefit from any technology, farmers should consider which varieties to plant in specific fields so they can use the systems’ weed control components.
Knowing what other crops, especially susceptible crops, are in the area and the prevailing wind direction are essential aspects of field planning. For farmers using the Enlist™ weed control system, knowing this key information will help them make decisions about where to plant PhytoGen® cottonseed with the Enlist trait.
“Use the Enlist herbicides in areas that you know will be conducive for on-target applications,” says Ryan Miller, Ph.D., new technologies specialist. “Monitor conditions and spray on days when the weather is cooperating to keep herbicides from drifting. Follow all label requirements.”
Proper field planning along with following label requirements helped many farmers in 2018 make on-target applications of Enlist herbicides. They experienced excellent weed control while avoiding drift issues. Miller suggests growers plant Enlist crops where they can make the best use of the full Enlist system.
“If you’re surrounded by susceptible crops — or the prevailing wind blows toward them — it may be difficult to find weather conditions that allow you to use Enlist herbicides,” he says. “If that’s the case, remember Enlist cotton is tolerant to glufosinate and glyphosate. You may elect to use a program based on those chemistries for effective weed control on those acres.”
However, Enlist™ herbicides provide an additional mode of action: 2,4-D choline. “Using all three modes of action can help farmers control their worst weed concerns.” Miller says. “And incorporating multiple modes of action helps curb growth of the resistant weed seed bank.”
It goes without saying, ensuring the herbicide reaches unwanted weeds is vital to excellent weed control. Enlist herbicides help growers keep their applications on target to control these weeds. “Because Enlist herbicides feature Colex-D technology, volatility after application is greatly reduced,” Miller says. “The 2,4-D choline in Enlist herbicides is an inherently low volatility material.”
While farmers are selecting cottonseed with the best genetics, right maturity and needed agronomic traits, they also can choose herbicide traits that allow them to use multiple modes of action. They can get all these benefits from PhytoGen® W3FE cottonseed featuring the Enlist cotton trait and WideStrike® 3 Insect Protection. These varieties allow growers to protect more yield potential on every acre.
This winter, farmers should take time to map out their fields. With some planning ahead of time, cotton farmers can get the greatest value from their PhytoGen cottonseed and the Enlist weed control system.
To hear from farmers who’ve grown Enlist™ crops and applied Enlist herbicides, visit ExperiencingEnlist.com. Also, join the conversation by following us on Twitter at @EnlistOnline.com or watch farmer stories on our YouTube channel.
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