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Weed Management Strategies: Diversity is Still Key

By Greg Elmore, Technology Development Manager – Weed Management

This season, with new dicamba herbicide technology available to farmers and continuing discussions about glyphosate resistance, it’s especially important to remember to utilize a variety of weed control approaches to minimize the potential for selection of herbicide resistance. Farmers should keep in mind the importance of diversifying their weed management strategies, including using non-chemistry options as well as herbicides with multiple effective sites of action. This diversity is also key for the important task of properly managing new herbicides, like XtendiMax® with VaporGrip® Technology, to help create longevity for that technology.… Full Article »

The Importance of Knowledge Transfer in Corn Traits in Vietnam Featured Article

In early April, Dekalb Vietnam, a subsidiary of Monsanto, launched the first Integrated Knowledge Transfers fields in Dong Nai province. The program aims to provide hundreds of Vietnamese farmers the opportunity for the first time to grow corn seeds with weed management and insect protection traits and transfer the knowledge to thousands of farmers to better capture yield potential and make farming operation more stable, successful and profitable.

Huynh Van Thang, farmer in Dong Thap Province

Vietnam’s corn imports have been soaring to meet growing feed demands. In 2014, Vietnam imported 4.79 million tons of corn, up sharply by more … Full Article »

Managing Weeds…Now

By Mike Burger,
eCommunications Team

Dave Rhylander, marketing lead for Deltapine Cotton, has spent years talking to cotton farmers. Most recently the discussions have been about farmers not being able to take advantage of a technology they’ve depended on for years to manage weeds – how it’s affecting them, and are there solutions on the horizon.

Rhylander talks about a recent experience he had with his mobile device and how it relates to the technology loss farmers are dealing with now.

“A lot of people have mobile devices with many functions – making phone calls, checking email, texting, and … Full Article »

Impacts Flooding and Levee Breaks Have on Farms

Last May, Tennessee had flash-flooding conditions which caused some levees to break (see post and video here). We had a chance to visit Bob Walker in Somerville at the time to see how his cotton, corn and soybean farm would recuperate. Yesterday, Bob and I talked about some of the issues farmers will be facing with throughout the Mississippi River basin. Listen to interview with TN Farmer Bob_Walker_on flooding & levee breaks.

Some of the highlights Bob covers include:

  • The impacts are further reaching than 2011 and 2012. He feels the recovery will be several years and the implications
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wet field

Rain Delay Provides Weed Management Training Time

With the wet weather that’s crossing much of the middle of the country, farmers may be finding themselves in the field less than they would like. The progress that was underway has been stopped much like a rain delay in a favorite team’s baseball game. So, time normally spent on field work and planting is being spent indoors. I’ve talked to farmers who are spending time working on their websites, and others who are working on equipment in their shops. One other thing people may want to give additional attention to, is the farm’s weed management plan.

As we discussed … Full Article »

Biotech and Weed Resistance Learnings

This time of year is when farmers are making final decisions on cropping, seed varieties/hybrids, crop marketing and other things. With such important decisions in the balance, now is the time when farmers are making sure they have all the information available to make good decisions. Recently I had the chance to talk to the extension cotton specialist for the state of Mississippi – Darrin Dodds – after a presentation he gave on some of the hottest topics of discussion biotechnology and weed resistance.

Dodds kept the farmers in the room focused on what he was saying as he went … Full Article »