The economics of the situation looking forward for commodity agriculture will require careful planning and management to maximize yields and profitability while minimizing risks and costs per bushel.
“We have to make a plan to think about how to move forward including a clear business plan that includes goals, timelines, and ‘what ifs,’” said Neil Bentley, director of marketing for BASF. “Break even is in sight. We need to think about how we make smart decisions and make sure you have a stewardship plan in place so you can be successful.”
Key inputs need to be managed with great care to balance return on investment, environmental stewardship and product longevity. BASF has developed strategies for field-to-field planning to protect plant health.
“With plant health, the key thing we are trying to understand is how to put the right plant health application on the right acre,” said Megan Andriankaja, project manager for BASF. “Growers know every acre is different and it requires different products and different investments. We want to work with growers so they know exactly how our products work.”
Weeds obviously hurt the chances of maximizing yield and BASF is moving forward with Engenia that offers a unique low-volatility, low-rate dicamba solution for dicamba-tolerant soybeans.
“Controlling broadleaf weeds in a broadleaf crop has always been a challenge,
but we now have a way to effectively control glyphosate resistant broadleaves in soybeans,” said Chad Asmus, technical marketing manager for BASF. “But you have to include multiple modes of action with a residual up front to preserve the herbicide and maximize yield potential. There are a whole host of management strategies. Some of the key practices are identifying the target weed, applying when the weeds are at the labeled height of four inches and avoiding drift.”
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Engenia and Xtendimax
Do not apply this product aerially.
Do not apply if rain is expected within 4 hours after application
Do not apply if rain is expected within 24 hours after application
Do not tank mix with anything other than water except as permitted on www.engeniatankmix.com
Do not tank mix with anything other than water except as permitted on www.xtendimaxapplicationrequirements.com
Do not add adjuvants that will further decrease pH or acidify the spray
< 3 mph – Only apply if steps have been taken to confirm that a temperature inversion is not present
Do not apply at wind speeds less than 3 mph.
Do not apply when 10-15 mph wind is blowing toward neighboring sensitive crops.
Do not apply when 10-15 mph wind is blowing toward non-target sensitive crops.
Must maintain a 220’ downwind buffer from sensitive areas (Xtendimax only at the 44 oz. per acre rate).
Must survey application site for neighboring sensitive areas before application.
Must survey application site for neighboring non-target susceptible crops before application.
The applicator must also consult sensitive crop registries to identify any commercial specialty or certified organic crops that may be located near the application site.
Must clean equipment immediately after use by the label- prescribed triple rinse procedure.