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Industry News for September 2016

Raymat Specializes In Insect Growth Regulators
Raymat Crop Science, headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif., with offices in Shanghai, China, specializes in insect growth regulators (IGR) in both agriculture and animal health.This U.S.-owned and operated corporation has worked with global partners for more than 10 years.

In agriculture, instead of using the 7-10 micron particle size of the IGR used in animal health, Cavalier 2L diflubenzuron ingredients are precision milled to obtain a 2.5 micron particle size for maximum insect control. This provides superior leaf coverage and extended residual control. “It’s also the perfect particle size for enhancing your soybean fungicide, developing a synergistic effect,” says Raymat owner and long-time crop protection industry veteran James Oliver, Hernando, Miss.

Cavalier 2L is labeled for soybeans, peanuts, citrus, and tree, nut and vine crops. In soybeans, Cavalier 2L has been field-proven for several years and underwent rigorous trial testing with several Mid-South and Southeast universities and independent consultants in 2015. For example, Alan Blaine’s consultant company, Southern Ag Consulting, conducted several Cavalier 2L field trials last year. In one treatment, 2 ounces of Cavalier 2L were applied with 4 ounces of Priaxor fungicide at R3. The treated soybeans averaged 7.7 bushels more than the untreated check, averaging 43.5 bushels and 35.8 bushels, respectively.

“As these field trial results show, a Cavalier/fungicide treatment can add 7.7 more bushels per acre,” Oliver says. “Even at $8 beans, that’s $61.60 more per acre to the grower. And a Cavalier 2L treatment costs less than a bushel of beans.”
Cavalier 2L effectively and economically controls most soybean insect pests, including velvetbean caterpillars, green clover worms, cabbage loopers, saltmarsh caterpillars and grasshoppers. “Farmers who tankmix Cavalier 2L with their fungicide on their early beans are protected without flaring secondary insect pests, and most do not have to make a late season, expensive insecticide treatment,” Oliver says.

He says the tankmix also benefits all Mid-South and Southeast soybeans. “We have consistently seen yield increases ranging from 2 to 7 bushels per acre on Cavalier 2L-treated soybeans,” he says.

Cavalier 2L is highly compatible, easy to mix and can be applied aerially or by ground. “In addition to controlling many soybean insect pests, Cavalier 2L has shown potential for some fungicidal synergism, both in university studies and in field use,” Oliver says. To learn more, contact your Helena Chemical sales representative and visit www.cavalier2l.com.

Help Offered To Maximize On-Target Herbicide Application
Growers participating in Roundup Ready PLUS Crop Management Solutions now have an opportunity to upgrade sprayers with broadcast hoods at low cost. The goal is to maximize on-target applications during the 2017 Spray Technology Equipment Offer, which runs from July 1, 2016, to Jan. 31, 2017.

Qualified growers will be offered a 30 percent discount and a 10 percent rebate on the purchase of either a Willmar Fabrication SPK645 Self-Propelled Broadcast Retrofit Kit or a 642E Three-Point Wheel Boom Broadcast Hooded Sprayer with Over-Center Fold. Both products feature the Redball Gen II Broadcast Spray-Hoods.

When used during ground applications, Redball Gen II hoods have been proven in field trials to help improve sprayer accuracy and coverage. They also minimize pesticide drift by up to 90 percent, especially when combined with other drift-reduction technologies such as drift-retardant adjuvants or low-drift nozzles.

“Together, Willmar and Monsanto are taking things to another step to help farmers improve accuracy and minimize waste when they are spraying their crops,” says Steve Claussen, president of Willmar Fabrication.

To qualify, growers must be active participants in the Roundup Ready PLUS platform and purchase a total of 60 units of Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Soybeans and/or Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield Soybeans, or a total of 12 units of Bollgard II XtendFlex Cotton before Jan. 31, 2017. Upon purchase of the seed, growers will be offered a 30 percent discount when they purchase a qualifying hooded sprayer directly from Willmar using their Monsanto Tech ID number. By submitting their Willmar proof-of-purchase and the Monsanto Tech ID number, growers will then receive a 10 percent rebate on the qualifying equipment purchase.

A second option allows growers who purchase the required amount of seed to qualify for a 30 percent discount on the purchase of a qualifying hooded sprayer between Feb. 1 and June 30, 2017. Qualifying equipment includes the SPK645 Self-Propelled Broadcast Retrofit Kit and the 642E Three-Point Broadcast Hooded Sprayer with Over-Center Fold. To place an order, call 877-865-5887. To learn more, visit www.willmarfab.com or Willmar’s YouTube channel. For more about Roundup Ready PLUS Crop Management Solutions, visit http://www.roundupreadyplus.com/.

The 642E Three-Point Broadcast Hooded Sprayer with Over-Center Fold offers drift protection and spraying accuracy.

The 642E Three-Point Broadcast Hooded Sprayer with Over-Center Fold offers drift protection and spraying accuracy.

Enter to Win $20,000 To Transform Your Community
Cotton farming is more than a job. It’s a way of life deeply rooted in community. Transform® WG insecticide helps to protect your cotton yields and a heritage of cotton farming. Now it can help your hometown, too.

Be sure to enter the second annual Transform My Community contest, sponsored by Dow AgroSciences and Cotton Farming magazine before the deadline of Sept. 30. On the entry form, tell how Transform has helped protect your cotton yield from plant bugs and how your favorite organization or charity (local FFA chapter, food bank, library, etc.) is working to help transform your community. Your idea could win $20,000 for your community and a $1,000 cash prize for you.
Last year’s grand-prize winner, A.J. Hood, Monticello, Ark., helped fund construction of a baseball field and playground designed especially for kids with disabilities.

Due to Section 18 label use restrictions, the contest is open only to cotton farmers and consultants in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee who know Transform will provide the insect control their cotton needs. Visit www.TransformMyCommunity.com today to access the TMC entry form.

Intuitive Agricultural Solutions For Mississippi Farmers
Hydro Tech, a Clarksdale, Miss., agricultural monitoring company, has developed a new technology that will change the way Mississippi farmers remotely monitor crops, with the help of Verizon.

Hydro Tech Solutions is a powerful sensor that measures weather, soil and crop saturation levels, and other soil data in real time. The sensor, which is powered exclusively on Verizon’s 4G LTE network, also tracks revolutions per minute, oil pressure, engine temperature, battery level and fuel tank levels of irrigation well engines. Continuously assessing these vital measurements is crucial to maximize crop yields.

“With advanced weather data such as rainfall, wind speed and wind direction, farmers can minimize crop damage,” says Brian Smith of Hydro Tech. “Partnering with the nation’s largest 4G LTE network was the best choice for powering innovative agricultural solutions.”

With Hydro Tech Solutions, farmers can start and stop irrigation well engines from their smartphones or tablets, helping to prevent over- watering or underwatering crops. Many farms in remote areas have little to no Internet access, making it difficult to benefit from WiFi-enabled solutions. Verizon’s 4G LTE network ensures a reliable connection.

“A reliable network is essential when managing something as susceptible to weather conditions as crops,” says Verizon South Central Market President Krista Bourne.

Hydro Tech partnered with the Agricultural Engineering Department at Mississippi State University to design the sensors and develop intuitive dashboards for smart devices.

The technology has been installed on nearly a dozen farms in the Clarksdale area.

Enlist Cotton Trait Earns Full Export Approval
U.S. cotton growers can plant varieties containing the Enlist trait with confidence in 2017. Cotton grown using this technology now has full export approval in key countries. South Korea recently approved Enlist cotton for food use. The South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety ruling gives full feed and food import approval for cotton varieties containing the Enlist trait. The ruling allows use of cottonseed oil and products in the country’s food system.

“This is a great step forward for cotton growers and the Enlist weed control system,” says John Chase, Dow AgroSciences, Enlist commercial leader.

Enlist takes weed control to the next level by building on the Roundup Ready system. Enlist cotton, part of the Enlist weed control system, is tolerant to new 2,4-D choline, glyphosate and glufosinate for postemergence control of tough weeds.

Once registered for use on Enlist cotton, growers can use Enlist Duo herbicide, a combination of a new 2,4-D and glyphosate.

Registration of Enlist Duo for use on Enlist cotton is anticipated for the 2017 cropping season.

Enlist cotton gives growers additional postemergence options to control difficult and resistant weeds. The Enlist trait is being incorporated into top-performing PhytoGen brand varieties to help growers improve cotton yield and quality while providing options for improved weed control.