Tank Mix Partners For Pigweed Attempts To Minimize Burn Injury REGINA LAROSE MidAmerica Farmer Grower D MILAN, TENN.
r. Larry Steckel, Associate Professor, Row Crop Weed Specialist, Department of Plant Sciences, West Tennessee Research and Education Cen-
ter, spoke recently about pigweed control in cotton and various tank mixes. Steckel’s test plot at Milan include: LibertyLink varieties, Bayer, Stoneville 4145 and Widestrike varieties. “One of the newer tank mix partners for pigweed is
Dual or Warrant. Putting Roundup over the top of cotton, we are seeing less burn with the Warrant compared to the Dual; about five to 10 percent less. It is just the exact opposite if you mix the two and put them on Ignite on LibertyLink cotton. With War- rant we are seeing more burn, five to 10 percent, or burn is going up to maybe 15 percent from five.” Steckel was asked about top performers in his test
plots. “As far as the residual control goes, the tank mix of Cotoran and Caparol looks very good, 24 ounces of each. Reflex mixed either with Cotoran or Caparol looks very good for pigweed control. The other side of the coin though is the injury on the cot- ton. We had a fair amount of injury in Tennessee this past year.” Steckel blamed some of the injury on environment.
“It got very cold and with two big rains, it soaked up a lot more of the herbicide. We lost some stand. It wasn’t just the herbicide but it was part of the issue no doubt. The Cotoran/Caparol looks like it’s a little safer than anything that we have with the Reflex. On the flip side of that coin you’re going to get another two weeks of residual for pigweed out of Reflex than you are with Cotoran/Caparol. Growers need to weigh how bad the pigweed might be on a certain field to determine whether he may want to go in a true Roundup Ready system.” Using hoods is very important explained Steckel.
“We still have a lot of cotton growers moving away from hoods and post direct rigs with the Roundup Ready Flex technology; they have got to get back to it. There is just no way around it; not on glyphosate re- sistant pigweed. The only way you could even kind of get around it is with the LibertyLink system but even then a hooded application is mandatory. I don’t want to lose Ignite on Palmer pigweed.”
REGINA LAROSE: Associate Editor, MidAmerica Farmer Grower
Illinois Corn Marketing Act Referendum Scheduled
proposes to increase the current vol- untary corn checkoff rate by 1/4 cent per bushel. The referendum was scheduled at the request of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, which met fol- lowing a Feb. 21 public hearing on the proposal and decided to put the issue to a vote. Whenever such a ballot proposition is approved, the Illinois Corn Marketing Act stipulates that a referendum must be held within 90 days. The referendum would increase the
current 3/8 cent voluntary checkoff rate to 5/8 of a cent per bushel. Corn farmers would continue to have a right to a full refund. Illinois producers “actively engaged”
in the production and marketing of corn are eligible to cast a ballot. They
Corn farmers to vote March 28 on proposed checkoff increase SPRINGFIELD, ILL.
he Illinois Department of Agricul- ture has set March 28, 2012, as the date for a referendum that
can vote in person at their local Ex- tension office or, perhaps, some county Farm Service Agency offices during normal business hours on the referendum date. Eligible voters who reside outside the
state or who cannot be physically present at the polls March 28 may cast an absentee ballot. Absentee bal- lots must be requested in writing from the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Requests should be sent to: Director, Illinois Department of Agriculture, Attn: Bureau of Marketing and Promo- tion, State Fairgrounds, P.O. Box 19281, Springfield, IL, 62794-9281. The Illinois Corn Marketing Board, a
volunteer board of corn farmers elected by their peers, administers the checkoff fund. The Board invests in market development, research, educa- tion and promotion programs designed to enhance the profitability of Illinois corn farmers.
∆ March 2, 2012 / MidAmerica Farmer Grower • 7
Dr. Larry Steckel, Associate Professor, Row Crop Weed Specialist, Department of Plant Sciences, West Tennessee Research and Education Center, speaks about pigweed control in cotton and various tank mixes. Photo by John LaRose, Jr.
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