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Archive for September, 2016

By~Jeff Prickett

Fall is a great time to start planning for weed control for the 2017 crop year. As you harvest your crops, please take note of any weed escapes in your fields and take note of what kinds of weeds are present. Please also note weed escapes in your neighboring fields because there is a good chance that weed seed will spread to your field with the prevailing winds.

As I travel the countryside, I am seeing many fields with waterhemp and marestail escapes. In some cases it is severe and will cause significant yield reductions. These problems can be avoided with the right weed control plan. For weeds such as marestail, thistle, dandelion, winter annuals and perennial grass species fall is the ideal time make significant reductions in weed pressure for the following spring.

Fall burndown considerations:

1) Fall Corn Stalks going to no-till soybeans.

a) 32oz per acre of Brash Herbicide (premix of 2,4-D and dicamba) provides     excellent control of fall weeds such as marestail, thistle, dandelion, winter annuals including chickweed. The dicamba provides the chickweed control as 2,4-D does not have any activity. If spraying in October through Thanksgiving, 6-8oz per acre of Dimetric (metribuzin) can be added for additional residual control of marestail and winter annuals.

b) 32oz per acre of 2,4-D plus 32oz per acre of glyphosate can be an effective fall burndown alternative if perennial grasses are present. The glyphosate also picks up the chickweed if present. Add spray grade AMS at 17lb/100. If spraying in October through Thanksgiving, 6-8oz per acre of Dimetric (metribuzin) can be added for additional residual control of marestail and winter annuals.

2) Residual herbicides applied in the fall DO NOT add to spring waterhemp control. Waterhemp control will need to be addressed with a residual herbicide program applied closer to crop planting as waterhemp typically emerges in late May.

3) Fall burndown in front of wheat or grass cover crops such as cereal rye can be achieved by applying 2oz per acre of Sharpen Herbicide plus MSO. There are no planting restrictions when planting a grass based crop. If planting a broadleaf cover crop such as peas or radishes, Sharpen Herbicide CAN NOT be used. Consider using a product such as Shredder 2,4-D LV6 plus glyphosate. If 2,4-D is used in front of broadleaf cover crops, the planting restriction is at least 7 days depending on the A.I. rate per acre.

For more details on Fall Burndown Programs or if you have questions, please feel free to call any of our Mercer Landmark Agronomy Locations. We are here to help!

Have a safe fall harvest!

By~ Rick Mollenkopf

You have asked for it and now here it is.  The best pricing on seed for this coming crop year is here and available at Mercer Landmark branches now.  Croplan, Asgrow, Dekalb, NK, and Mycogen  have early order DISCOUNTS  now through mid November.  Call or visit any of the Mercer Landmark sales staff  you work with and they can help you get 2017 started off with lower inputs costs.  Don`t forget to ask about 0% finance programs that are available.

Fertilizer prices are down so you can resupply some of the fertility bank  that you may have drawn down in recent years. Fall burn down programs are a must this fall. Talk to your Mercer Landmark agronomy salesperson on the programs that will fit your needs and get a handle on those nasty weeds you looked at all summer.

Remember, it`s fall so be  careful and safe  and thank you for your business.

You are a very important part of our TEAM.

Rick Mollenkopf

Agronomy Sales

Phone 419-749-2746

Cell 419-203-1041

Convoy Branch

By~ Steve Hecker

Late summer moisture has allowed weeds to get established in many wheat fields. To conserve water for the next crop and prevent weed seed production these weeds need to be controlled. Weed seed poses a threat to following crops in that field.

The key is to allow the weeds to recover some from being cut off at harvest, while not allowing so much growth that weeds become difficult to control with herbicides. As with all weed control, it’s essential that you closely watch for weed development and spray at the proper time to achieve maximum control. Some of the wheat fields that I’ve looked at have weeds starting to  produce seed and those weeds will be hard to control or kill. The grower would be better off to just mow the field, instead of spraying the field.

Glyphosate is the most commonly used herbicide for weed control in wheat stubble. Some glyphosate products include sufficient surfactant while other products may require more. Be sure to check the product label. For all glyphosate brands, add ammonium sulfate ( spray grade) at 17 lb per 100 gallons of spray solution. Glyphosate usually provides excellent control of grass weeds, if they are actively growing, but the control of broadleaf weeds can vary widely depending on species, size, and growth. Adding 2,4-D with the glyphosate will help control broadleaf weeds. For additional information, treatments, and rates contact an agronomist at your local Mercer Landmark branch.