Neil Bentley, director of marketing for BASF

Input care and management crucial in a tight farm economy

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,

A panel discussion featuring the Ryan family from Illinois and some of the key third-party advisors highlighted the value of fungicides, weed control and input management in maximizing farm profitability
A panel discussion featuring the Ryan family from Illinois and some of the key third-party advisors highlighted the value of fungicides, weed control and input management in maximizing farm profitability

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.”

Check out Dale Minyo’s interviews on the farm economy and how to address the challenges on the farm.

BASF Dr. Megan Andriankaja

BASF Chad Asmus Technical Marketing Manager

Here is a nice Ohio Department of Agriculture comparison of Dicamba-Based Herbicides highlighting proper herbicide application.

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Engenia and Xtendimax

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Do not apply this product aerially.
Do not harvest or feed soybean forage within 7 days of final application.
Do not harvest or feed soybean hay within 14 days of final application.
Must check web site for acceptable tank mix directions within 7 days of application.
Do not tank mix if tank mix partner product labels prohibit it.
Do not tank mix with products such as ammonium sulfate or urea ammonium nitrate.
Must check web site for acceptable tank mix directions of drift reduction agents (DRA).
Must check with DRA manufacturer to determine if DRA will work with required nozzle, spray pressure, and spray solution.
Do not mist, drip, drift, or splash onto desirable vegetation.
Must use only Tee Jet TTI110004 nozzles at max. pressure of 63 psi or nozzles/pressures on web site.
Do not use less than 10 gallons spray solution per acre.
Do not exceed 15 mph application ground speed.
Do not exceed boom height of 24 inches above target weed or crop canopy.
Do not apply during temperature inversion.
Do not apply at wind speeds greater than 15 mph.
Must be familiar with local wind patterns and how they affect drift.
Must maintain a 110’ downwind buffer from sensitive areas.
Do not apply where drift may occur to food, forage, or other plantings that may be damaged or crops rendered unfit for sale, use, or consumption (i.e. no tolerance established for non-target crop).
Do not allow contact with foliage, green stems, exposed non-woody roots of crops, and desirable plants, including beans, cotton, flowers, fruit trees, grapes, ornamentals, peas, potato, soybean, sunflower, tobacco, tomato, and other broadleaf plants, including plants in a greenhouse.
Do not apply when wind is blowing toward adjacent commercially grown dicamba sensitive crops, including but not limited to, commercially grown tomatoes and other fruiting vegetables (EPA crop group 8), cucurbits (EPA crop group 9), and grapes.
Must monitor interaction of equipment and weather related factors to maximize on-target spray deposition.
Must dispose of all rinse water according to local, state, and federal requirements. (on Engenia main label, not supplemental)
Do not count days when the ground is frozen for crop rotation restrictions (on Engenia main label, not supplemental)

Engenia

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Xtendimax

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Do not apply if rain is expected within 4 hours after application

Do not apply if rain is expected within 24 hours after application

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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

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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.

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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.

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