“Things I know and Things I don’t know”! A quote from a writer from the Lincoln Journal Star.
2017 was an interesting year; we had an barrage of things hit the crop: Moisture early, then dry mid-season, and then a lot prior to harvest. Heat was below normal early and then came on late. Weed pressure was at an all-time high due to mother nature and our past chemical practices. Liberty® herbicide shined, Roundup application continued to show resistance, and the new dicamba tolerant varieties struggled for yield.
Wind, wind and more wind. We had 17 days in a row in September and into October where the wind was measured above 50 mph in Nebraska. Some hybrids and varieties were able to stand and weather the storm while others struggled. Those fields that struggled still were able to yield and came in above the average! Bugs were also an issue in areas, but most came on too late to effect the yields.
All in all we had a phenomenal yield for 2017. The average yield for corn across the country was again an all-time high. NuTech Seed results in the F.I.R.S.T. Trials in the Western Region speak for themselves: 8 wins, 18 Top 5’s, 14 Top 10’s, 15 Top 15’s and 24 Top 25’s. Across the country, across the Midwest, no other seed company has had the four-year track record that NuTech Seed has delivered. Keep this in your mind as you make your decisions and seed purchases for 2018.
Do you have questions for your operation for 2018? If your yields were above your average, have you applied enough fertilizer to recoup what you pulled from your profile? What worked in 2016 may have not worked in 2017. What may not have worked in 2017 may be your best practice for 2018. We cannot control mother nature: rain, heat, frost, wind, etc., but with your best practices, you can make profitable decisions for 2018 and beyond. Talk with your local NuTech Seed representative, NuTech Seed DSM, or your NuTech Seed Regional Agronomist and let us help you in your decision making process.
One other note: If you’re planning to use the Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology for 2018, make sure you get your certification done prior to season. All states will have additional training required for 2018 and beyond if you intend to spray dicamba-based products.
Have a Happy New Year, and be safe!
DO NOT APPLY DICAMBA HERBICIDE IN-CROP TO SOYBEANS WITH Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology unless you use a dicamba herbicide product that is specifically labeled for that use in the location where you intend to make the application. IT IS A VIOLATION OF FEDERAL AND STATE LAW TO MAKE AN IN-CROP APPLICATION OF ANY DICAMBA HERBICIDE PRODUCT ON SOYBEANS WITH Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology, OR ANY OTHER PESTICIDE APPLICATION, UNLESS THE PRODUCT LABELING SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZES THE USE. 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 soybeans with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology.
ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW PESTICIDE LABEL DIRECTIONS. Soybeans with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology contain genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate and dicamba. Glyphosate herbicides will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. Dicamba will kill crops that are not tolerant to dicamba.
Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® is a registered trademark of Monsanto Technology LLC used under license.
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