Do you want to pump up your soybean game plan like world record soybean yield title holder Alex Harrell? Consider these tips from DEKALB® Asgrow® Technical Agronomist Lance Tarochione to fine-tune your herbicide, fertility, fungicide and insecticide programs.
Herbicide Program Tips
Controlling weeds in soybeans is more difficult than it once was due to herbicide resistance, label restrictions and difficult-to-control weeds. A multipronged approach that focuses more on weed management, rather than simply controlling the weeds, is required to help achieve consistent, long-term success.
For no-till systems, starting with a fall burndown program is encouraged. For all tillage systems, layered residuals are required to help alleviate the pressure we put on our post-emerge products. The potential benefits of including dicamba, such as XtendiMax® herbicide with VaporGrip® Technology, a restricted use herbicide, in your pre-emergence application can easily be seen. The benefits of dicamba as a residual are particularly evident in dry conditions without timely rains to activate primary residual products.
It’s very important to start clean and spray early. The easiest weed to control is the weed that never emerges. For systems targeting small weeds, timely, earlier applications of post-emerge products can produce increased opportunity for consistent results. Asgrow® XtendFlex® products, coupled with Roundup Ready® Xtend Technology, provide farmers the latest in weed control ease and flexibility from added tolerance to glufosinate. Preventing as many weeds from emerging as possible with pre-emergent products is key.
Harrell’s record-setting soybean performance is based on the right combination of planning, products and timing. He believes using this combination of the two herbicides makes it easy and covers both broadleaf weeds and grasses.
Harrell also uses Climate FieldView to map plots, track products planted and product performance, and map activities, such as herbicide and fertility applications.
As Harrell also recognizes, soybeans like and need fertility just as much as corn. Late-season management is a very key part of his game plan. Harrell advises to keep nutrient levels where they need to be according to tissue test results.
Foliar fungicide applications can reduce plant stress and help manage foliar fungal disease. If white mold is a problem in your field, applying an early R1-R2 fungicide can have benefits. If your goal is general plant health benefits and overall foliar disease management, the traditional R3 timing is recommended. For maximum yield performance potential, consider more than one post-emergence fungicide and insecticide application. Not all fungicides have the same level of efficacy for all diseases. The fungicide you choose does matter, especially on diseases such as white mold and resistant frogeye leaf spot. Delaro® Complete fungicide can help you get the edge you’re looking for with a broad spectrum of disease control and three modes of action.
For more information, contact your local DEKALB Asgrow dealer or visit the official Asgrow site.
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XtendiMax® herbicide with VaporGrip® Technology is a restricted use pesticide and must be used with VaporGrip® Xtra Agent (or an equivalent volatility reduction adjuvant). For approved tank-mix products (including VRAs and DRAs), nozzles and other important label information visit XtendiMaxApplicationRequirements.com. Applicators must check XtendiMaxApplicationRequirements.com no more than 7 days before application of this product for additional labeling, including state restrictions. Where applicable, users must comply with additional requirements found on this website.
ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW PESTICIDE LABEL DIRECTIONS.
It is a violation of federal and state law to use any pesticide product other than in accordance with its labeling. NOT ALL formulations of dicamba or glyphosate are approved for in-crop use with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans. ONLY USE FORMULATIONS THAT ARE SPECIFICALLY LABELED FOR SUCH USES AND APPROVED FOR SUCH USE IN THE STATE OF APPLICATION. Contact the U.S. EPA and your state pesticide regulatory agency with any questions about the approval status of dicamba herbicide products for in-crop use with products with XtendFlex® Technology.