Missouri farmer Gerald Malin Jr. is as passionate about farming today as he was at 12 years old when he first rented land from his dad. Farming is all he’s ever wanted to do.
“The times have changed, but I still enjoy it,” Malin says.
He continually works to improve crop production each year. In 2017, he had his best cotton crop ever, logging record yield for his farm. However, that desire to be better each year includes his weed control strategy. One weed, in particular, drove Malin to change his cotton crop plans for 2018. Pigweed.
“We have tremendous pigweed pressure in this area,” Malin says. “We have quite a seedbank and a bad resistance problem. I chose PhytoGen varieties with the Enlist trait because of the longer application window and because of the disease package they have.”
Tough Weed Take Down
After his first year using the Enlist™ weed control system, Malin noticed how pairing Enlist One™ herbicide with glufosinate created a knock-out punch for his toughest weeds.“You could actually tell when you sprayed Enlist One,” Malin says, comparing it with other herbicides. “It was like something was drawing it to the ground. It sprayed well. We had no mixing problems. The cotton looks great.”
For others considering the technology, he encourages them to spray weeds when they are small for better control and to watch wind speed and direction for an on-target application.
Multiple Modes of Action Are a Must
Weed resistance continues to be a concern in Malin’s area. He appreciates having new technologies to choose from to help with weed control, including the dicamba-tolerant soybeans he planted near his Enlist cotton. Malin knows it’s important to be a good steward of these systems. That’s why he is adamant about incorporating multiple modes of action in his management plan.
PhytoGen® brand varieties with the Enlist cotton trait help him do just that. They are tolerant to 2,4-D choline, glyphosate and glufosinate.
For his weed control strategy, Malin first uses a burndown so he has clean fields at planting. He follows with preemergence residual herbicides. On his Enlist cotton, he comes back with a timely application of Enlist One herbicide plus glyphosate or a second residual.
“Rotation of chemistries is important to keep them as viable options,” Malin says.
He is pleased with the Enlist technology.
“The Enlist cotton was very impressive,” Malin says. “We had an Enlist Innovation Plot, and there were several varieties in there that look really good for the 2019 season.”
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