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Timing of fall triticale planting and manuring worth the push

Crop Tech Update: Unlock triticale forage quality now; more new herbicides coming for corn and soybeans.

You may have heard it before. But winter triticale forage makes some of the highest-quality forage you can harvest in the Northeast. And it’ll be the earliest quality forage you can get into your cows next spring, says Tom Kilcer, certified crop adviser for Advanced Ag Systems.

Triticale’s fermented energy levels equal those of corn silage; protein (with sulfur fertilization) can equal good alfalfa. Relative forage quality and fiber digestibility are exceptional, compared to other winter grains. In side-by-side tests, it’s 35% higher-yielding than rye.

Flag leaf triticale resists lodging at nitrogen rates over 100 pounds per acre; rye doesn’t, he adds. And, Cornell University research confirms that its quality holds longer than rye or wheat, allowing more time to capture the harvest window.

Early planting, teamed with 4,000 gallons per acre of manure in Advanced Ag Systems trials, increased early-planting yields by 14%. The manure, with later planting (Oct. 5), boosted triticale yields by 33% compared to no manure application. With that level of fall-applied manure, Kilcer suggests a nitrification inhibitor may be warranted to save part of that N for spring use.

EverpreX offers greater residual action

EverpreX, DuPont Crop Protection’s new preemergence herbicide, provides extended residual control of ALS-, PPO- and/or glyphosate-resistant weeds, including waterhemp, Palmer amaranth and other pigweed species. That’s the word from James Hays, DuPont business director.

Its S-metholachor active ingredient is labeled for corn, soybeans, forage sorghum and a number of vegetable crops. The label specifies it may not be effective against emerged weeds resistant to Group 15 herbicides.

Source: DuPont

New Elevore burndown for 2018

Elevore, a new burndown herbicide from Dow AgroSciences, will be labeled for use ahead of corn and soybean planting next spring. It’s targeted for no-till and reduce-till, and especially glyphosate-resistant marestail between 5 and 8 inches tall.

Powered by Arylex active, a new Group 4 growth regulator herbicide, Elevore is proven to effectively control labeled broadleaf weeds, including glyphosate- and ALS-resistant marestail, lambsquarters, cutleaf evening primrose and henbit. 

Visual signs of control don’t appear immediately because Arylex, the active ingredient, is gradually absorbed by the plant’s cells, where the herbicide binds with specific auxin receptors in the cell’s nucleus. But by day four after spraying, growth halts and the plant dies, says Jeff Ellis, field scientist, Dow AgroSciences. Systemic action means there’s no chance for regrowth.

Elevore should be applied with commonly used residual herbicides, such as Surveil herbicide, and burndown tankmix partners, including 2,4-D and glyphosate, up to 14 days before planting soybeans. For more information, visit elevoreherbicide.com.

Source: Dow AgroSciences

More Enlist corn, beans coming

Syngenta, Dow AgroSciences and M.S. Technologies have a joint non-exclusive licensing agreement to develop and market Enlist E3 events via soybean stacks. Dow and Syngenta also inked a licensing agreement for Enlist corn.

“The Enlist System of novel traits and advanced herbicides represents the most complete, effective line of weed and insect control,” notes Joe Vertin, global business leader for Dow AgroSciences’ Enlist Weed Control System. In brief, Enlist corn and soybeans are genetically engineered to be tolerant to Enlist herbicide (2,4-D plus glyphosate active ingredients).

Source: Dow AgroSciences

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