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Best Practices for MN, ND and SD Growers to Prepare for 2021

December 8, 2020
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Wheat field

Agronomists recommend these tips as you begin to plan for 2021:

Maximizing Residual Length to Manage Weeds All Season

  • Herbicide resistance has become a top concern over the years as tough weeds like waterhemp, giant ragweed, kochia and Palmer amaranth challenge growers. When it comes to herbicide programs, the decisions made at the very beginning of the season will have a major impact on both the rest of the season and your fields’ future. To ensure effective weed control throughout the growing season, deploy programs with multiple effective sites of action with overlapping residuals. When there is a gap between even the strongest pre-emergence and post-emergence herbicides, weeds can take hold and spread quickly. Build your weed management plan around the top 3 weeds that consistently return each year, as any secondary weed concerns will likely be covered along with them. For protection against weeds all season long, consider these programs:
    • Corn: Acuron® or Acuron Flexi corn herbicides followed by Halex® GT herbicide. Acuron and Acuron Flexi offer growers flexibility when it comes to making post-emergence applications while ensuring control of weeds.
    • Soybeans: A pre-emergence application of Boundary® 6.5 EC or BroadAxe® XC herbicides, followed by an early application of Prefix® or Sequence® herbicides for post-emergence control.

Prevent Early-Season Diseases from Stealing Wheat Yield

  • Wheat in the area tends to be at the highest risk for infection during the first few weeks after seedling emergence, although symptoms may not be noticeable until later in the growing season. Pythium root rot, fusarium foot rot and Rhizoctonia solani are some of the most prevalent diseases to be prepared for. To prevent these early-season diseases from robbing wheat yield in 2021, consider CruiserMaxx® Vibrance® Cereals seed treatment, which contains 4 chemistries tested and proven to deliver superior disease protection over young seedlings and roots.

Prepare for Pests at Planting

  • Overwintering insects, such as wireworm and pea leaf weevil, threaten pulse crop seedlings by reducing yield potential and damaging crop quality. Although these soilborne insects are often difficult to detect until later in the season, earlier applications of seed treatments can be effective to stop them from damaging crops before they are even able to emerge. To retain crop health and protect yield, control these pests with seed treatments that include neonicotinoid insecticides. CruiserMaxx® Vibrance® Pulses seed treatment is an effective method to combat insect pressure, as it starts with a proven insecticide for early-season insects and adds 4 fungicides to help stop yield-robbing diseases.

More Detailed Tips for 2021:

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