Growing Knowledge

Read the latest insights from our experts as they cover agronomy issues that matter most to you and your operation.

Find Ways to Improve Profitability: Attend a Clinic

Bob Pomerleau
Make room on your calendar this winter for an opportunity to improve your operation’s profitability. WinField United retailers will be hosting more than 3,500 clinics across the country to share agronomic insights to help you get more from your acres, as well as highlight the latest plant nutrition and crop protection products. Here are some of the topics that may be presented at a clinic near you.
 
Response to Fungicide (RTF)
  • Learn about tools to help you understand where fungicide applications are more likely to have a positive impact on ROI.
  • See spray demonstrations to learn what products can help improve fungicide coverage.
Managing Dicamba
  • Determine the best practices for managing dicamba applications on Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybean acres.
  • Discover ways to combat herbicide-resistant weeds and steward new technology.
Journey of the Droplet
  • Get the facts. Picking the right adjuvant is extremely important in the battle against weed pressure and resistance. Learn more about how to improve coverage and uptake to get it right the first time.
  • Learn which adjuvants provide consistent product performance to help control rising pressure from weeds  
Tips for High Yield/High Management Acres
  • Prep for optimal yields by learning how to adjust nutrient levels throughout the year.
  • Learn how different nutrient formulations can influence plant uptake.
Nitrogen Management Best Practices
  • Find out how your fields are losing nitrogen and focus on solutions to keep it in the root zone.
  • Protect your investment by learning how the right rate, nutrient source and application timing can make a difference in plant availability. 
 
You’ll hear about these topics and more at the upcoming clinics. Our local agronomists will also be available to answer more specific crop production questions and provide recommendations as you plan for 2019. Contact your local WinField United retailer for more information about upcoming clinics in your area.
 
© 2018 WinField United. WinField® is a trademark of WinField United. Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® is a trademark of Monsanto Technology LLC.

Scout Now to Get Ahead of Spring Weeds

Dennis Christie
Agronomist
A proactive approach to crop protection starts at harvest. Whether you’ve already finished harvest or are about to wrap up, your view from the cab is the perfect vantage point to evaluate your 2018 weed management strategy. Knowing what worked — and what didn’t — will help you make the decisions to start strong next season.
 
Identify weed escapes
Starting clean and staying clean is the ultimate goal with weed control, but in order to do that you’ll need to know what you’re up against. Keep a watchful eye on your fields during harvest and note what weed species you find and where you find them.
 
Weed escapes don’t just limit crop yields and grain quality; they can also become compounding challenges by adding to a field’s seed bank. By making good observations and notes about your weed escapes, you’ll know where to focus your scouting efforts next spring.
 
Review your plan
The relative calm of life after harvest provides an opportunity to meet with your trusted advisor and look back at your 2018 weed control strategy. The goal here is to determine the cause of weed escapes and create a plan that minimizes the possibility of them showing up again next year.
 
You’ll want to think about what herbicide tank mixes you used, how you applied them and what size the target weeds were. Perhaps the weeds were simply too large to control effectively when herbicides were applied. If so, you’ll want to adjust your 2019 scouting schedule.
 
Control fall weeds
Depending on the weeds you find during harvest, a fall burndown application may be warranted. Some troublesome species that show resistance to certain modes of action can be just 2 inches tall and already have seed heads. Other species may still germinate in the fall, despite cold weather.
 
If needed, an effective fall burndown herbicide can give your next crop an early advantage against resource competition in the spring.
 
Plan for next year
Most important, the weed control plan you choose should be effective at preventing and controlling herbicide-resistant weeds. That requires rotating multiple modes of action every year. Even if you will be planting different crops and your weed control strategy worked well last year, it is imperative for you to incorporate new modes of action into your plan.
 
This also requires a season-long commitment to weed control. Start clean by using an effective preplant burndown application with residual activity, then stay clean with a postemergence program that layers residuals and includes multiple modes of action.
 
Additionally, adjuvants should complement the herbicides that are used. Adjuvant choice can have a considerable impact on product performance. Because of that, WinField United tests every product under broad conditions for several years before release and provides training on adjuvant use and tank mixes at Answer Plot® spray clinics.
 
Talk with your local trusted advisor about scouting as you harvest and evaluating what you find. Determining your next weed management steps now helps you get an early start on the 2019 season.
 
© 2018 WinField United. Answer Plot® and WinField® are trademarks of WinField United.

Testing the Future of Spray Technology

Jonathan Zuk
Regional Agronomist
Not all DRAs are created equal. Host Jon Zuk is joined by WinField United senior engineer Dan Bissell to discuss the groundbreaking spray research coming out of the Innovation Center on the latest episode of The Deal With Yield podcast.
Season 14, Episode 6: Testing the Future of Spray Technology


Adjuvant Research That Proves Itself in the Tank

Darrin Holder
Agronomist, WinField United
Every spring, you probably make a significant investment in crop protection products. But are they performing as well as they could be? Adding a quality adjuvant to your tank mix can help more product reach its target and be more effective once it gets there.
 
Finding answers
Researchers at the WinField United Innovation Center use state-of-the-art technology to evaluate the entire crop protection product application process, resulting in the creation of leading-edge adjuvants, herbicides, insecticides and fungicides to help you be successful in the field.
 
During the growing season, we run field trials to see exactly how our adjuvants perform with a variety of crop protection products. Year-round, our staff runs many compounds through our Spray Analysis System to observe how different combinations of adjuvants and active ingredients affect spray quality. Spray chambers at the Innovation Center allow products to be tested much like they would be in the field, with the same size nozzles and nozzle orientation as a full-size sprayer.
 
Laboratory testing, as well as research conducted under regulated growing conditions in greenhouses and growth chambers, lets us test products without the unpredictability of the external environment. This leads to greater efficiency, consistency and precision. Determining product specifics such as shelf life and mixing capabilities helps WinField United bring a more complete product to market.
 
The numbers tell the story
Research indicates that WinField United adjuvants help increase the efficacy of crop protection products, giving you the opportunity to increase yield and ROI potential. Here are just a few data points.
  • MasterLock® adjuvant helps improve fungicide response on corn, increasing yields by an average of 5.7 bushels per acre.1
  • Class Act® NG® adjuvant doubles the amount of glyphosate uptake over ammonium sulfate (AMS).2
  • StrikeLock® adjuvant is as good as or better than other high-surfactant oils in weed control, outperforming them approximately 14 percent of the time.3
 
In addition, InterLock® adjuvant delivers more droplets in the ideal droplet diameter spectrum, increases droplet speed without thickening the spray and helps get more active ingredient deeper into the plant canopy.
 
The way I think about applying a crop protection product is, If I don’t do this right, I’m in a respray situation. And nobody makes money in a respray situation. You’ve got to start with the correct amount of active ingredient per acre, then use a quality adjuvant to get as much of that active ingredient as possible to the target.
 
 
Talk with your local trusted advisor about how adding a quality adjuvant to the tank can help you get more out of your crop protection products.
 
 
1. WinField United. Fourteen studies, eight states, all fungicides, 2012–2017.
2. Westra P. Colorado State University.
3. WinField United trials (Answer Plot® and product development sites), 2014–2016.
 
Because of factors outside of WinField United's control, such as weather, applicator factors, etc., results to be obtained, including but not limited to yields, financial performance, or profits, cannot be predicted or guaranteed by WinField United. Actual results may vary.

Farmer Stories: Bringing It Back to the Farm

WinField United
Agronomy Team
Successful farmers today rely on top-performing products, innovative ideas, strong partnerships and smart decision-making to meet their business goals. As we reflect on the past 20 years of the Answer Plot® program, we are spotlighting some of the ways that the program has impacted farmers and helped increase their productivity.  
 
Finding the right product for the job
Generally, if an agricultural product makes it to market, there’s data to support that it fits somewhere. That somewhere just might not be your farm. The Answer Plot program began as a way to evaluate hybrid performance to help farmers understand what products would work best on their farms. While that’s still one aspect of the program, it has evolved into a comprehensive management tool that helps farmers get the most from each unique acre.
 
Dave Armstrong, a corn and soybean farmer near Newcastle, Nebraska, looks to the Answer Plot program to help him select and manage his hybrids throughout the growing season. He’s been farming for 41 years and attending Answer Plot events for 15 years. Even with his wealth of farming experience, Dave finds value in staying current with what’s going on in the industry by attending Answer Plot events.
AnswerPlot_FarmerTestimonials_0000_-The-hundreds-of-replications-that-they-do-in-soil-types-like-m-copy.jpgBoosting confidence in technology
Farming is risky business, and adopting new technology and agronomic practices can be intimidating. Over the years, Answer Plot events have helped farmers like Mike Thompson increase their confidence in adopting new technology by delivering reliable, consistent data and providing hands-on demonstrations of the latest ag technologies.
 
Mike farms near Rochester, Minnesota, with his two sons, Cody and Brett. He’s attended Answer Plot events for the past five years to learn more about the newest innovations in agriculture. Mike says he adopted better spray practices after learning about them at Answer Plot events. He and his sons now use InterLock® and Class Act® in their tank mixes and change up their nozzles to get the most effective spray coverage.
AnswerPlot_FarmerTestimonials_0001_-Rochester-is-one-of-the-windiest-cities-in-the-country-We-wen.jpgWe’ll continue to spotlight farmer stories as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Answer Plot program. Check back as the season progresses to learn how other farmers have found value in local Answer Plot events.

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