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It is widely understood within agriculture that no two crop seasons are the exactly the same. We also know that even with all the variables, there is a lot that we can learn each year to help us make improvements within a farming operation for the following season. In addition, with each year comes new lessons to learn and challenges to overcome.
Developing a Strong Plan
While crop yields can give us part of the picture, for “what worked and what did not.” There are many other factors that should be considered as you plan for next season. Even though Mother Nature will continue to throw curveballs each year, a strong plan is still the best recommendation each season to make sure you have the best yield and profitability come harvest.
There are many ways you can prepare for next year’s crop season. The following are a few we recommend focusing on to give you the best results.
Be Proactive for Next Season
Evaluate your situation, by analyzing what you can control and what you may have to work around.
- Recognize rotational restrictions from this year.
- Identify weed, disease and insect pressures you faced this year and acknowledge potential new ones for next year based on your geography.
- Consider your planting population, equipment calibration, planting timing and other variables that you were able to control this year.
- Categorize things that you can improve for future seasons, such as improvements in field drainage.
Moisture is one of the things that many growers cannot directly control, but it is safe to assume next year’s weather may be as unpredictable as previous years. By considering the impact rain and temperature will have on your crops, you can better plan the best ways to compensate for too little or too much moisture and plan appropriately for your in-season spray decisions regarding your herbicide, fungicide and insecticide applications for the next season.
The following are a few things you can do to maximize your pesticide spray applications and increase their effectiveness. By having this information in advance, you will have more time to make sure everything runs smoothly.
- Scout for and identify weeds, insects and diseases.
- Determine the correct rate of pesticides needed.
- Determine the correct adjuvant and rate needed to increase pesticide performance.
- Determine the correct nozzle, application rate and environment that is needed.
It is vital to understand the different herbicide sites of action (SOA), and how they play an important role in weed resistance management; the different modes of action (MOA) to manage disease resistance; and the Insecticide Resistance Action Committee (IRAC) groups in insect management. Ultimately understanding these will help lower and slow the development of resistance in the fields.
Explore Your Options
With the selection of pesticides on the market, doing your research can help you best protect your crops from a variety of pest pressure. In addition to finding the optimum herbicides, fungicides and insecticides, pairing them with the most effective adjuvants can increase the efficacy of your application.
From the more standard adjuvants like nonionic surfactants, methylated seed oils and water conditioning agents to adjuvants specifically designed to work with everything from conventional crops to the latest herbicide-resistant crops.
West Central’s newest adjuvants include the Elite Adjuvants. The Elite Adjuvant lineup can be used across all conventional and herbicide resistant traits, burndown applications, fungicide and insecticide applications. The Elite lineup products are all low use rate products, making them very convenient for the retailer and grower.
The Elite Adjuvant lineup includes:
- Veracity® Elite: An all-in-one adjuvant, containing a water conditioner, surfactant, defoamer and drift reduction agent with a low use rate of two quarts per 100 gallons.
- Veracity® Elite II: Offers the same benefits as Veracity Elite, but has different drift control characteristics and is a DRA approved adjuvant with XtendiMax® With VaporGrip® Technology, Engenia®, and FeXapan™ herbicide Plus VaporGrip® Technology.
- Jackhammer® Elite: Unsurpassed surfactant and water conditioning agent combination that increases absorption into the target plants, improves droplet coverage and canopy penetration, and slows droplet drying.
- Cerium® Elite: A surfactant that can be used to replace traditional crop oil concentrate, and is extremely effective in reducing drift and off-target movement. With a low use rate of one quart per 100 gallons, this multi-functional adjuvant can be used with herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, defoliant and desiccants, where a crop oil or a nonionic surfactant is recommended.
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