We’ve talked about the new herbicide and trait technologies that are coming to market and how there’s more to this revolution than just knowing what the new technologies are.
Retailers and growers need to be prepared for the changes that will be required for successfully implementing these new technologies.
Ag retailers and growers have a lot to think about these days (sustainability, profitability, drift control, weed management, early planting, lower commodity prices, achieving a solid yield). Now they’ll likely have to reconsider their management style on top of everything else.
The door to more opportunities is about to be opened, but with that comes more responsibility. With the learning curve that will accompany the new technologies, it will be more crucial than ever to make strategic management decisions.
A grower knows his operation best, but for a retailer who will be selling the products and often providing application of the new technologies, it’s important to be armed with advice and guidance to provide their customers. Here are some important considerations:
- Consider the best ways to minimize off-target movement:
- Approximately managing tank mixes
- Which nozzle tip size to use for each product, have a hands-on grower tech session with spray tables to show differences in spray tips and help growers choose their tips correctly
- What adjuvants and drift control agents to use
- Advise applicators or growers on appropriate adjuvants to pair with specific herbicides; make sure they are fully aware of how the adjuvants and herbicides work together.
- Understand the buffer zone requirements and recommendations for the new herbicide and trait technologies.
- Create a plan to make sure your sprayer is properly cleaned out before moving on to the next field.
- Explain why certain stewardship practices are more effective than others.
- Consider holding a grower training session to give recommendations for a successful launch after new labels are approved.
- Actively help the ag industry avoid a problem with dicamba resistance in the near future.
- Educate customers about the importance of residuals, layering modes/sites of action, spraying weeds at the right size and time
- Consider field signs and developing good maps, make sure operators know which fields are using new technologies.
In this clip from our most recent LIFT Summit in June 2016, Brian Kuehl with West Central explains why these new tools will be worth the changes in your management practices.
Well right now there’s a lot of talk around what we refer to as the new traits, or new technologies from a pest control standpoint. We are starting to see some registration of some older chemistry, but some chemistry that now can be utilized on some new traits in both corn and soybeans.
This is going to be an excellent tool for growers from a standpoint of being able to control some weeds that have been creating problems. We have a number of weeds that are now resistant to glyphosate and some other chemistries, and a number of weeds that are just a little more difficult to control. So they’re not truly resistant, but they have become more problematic.
Growers have to use all the tools in their system, whether it’s conventional chemistry or whether it’s the glyphosate technology. But with these new traits, some of the conventional chemistries you could not use before. So the phenoxy herbicides, 2-4, Ds and dicambas are now going to come into play. Utilizing these chemistries is going to take more management from a grower standpoint – but they’ll be excellent tools that the grower can use.
For more considerations on how you can successfully implement the new herbicide and trait technologies, check out our Retailer herbicide and trait technology checklist.