888-313-2360   

Category Archives: Ag Chemicals

The Benefits of using Landoil, Soil Boost Plus, and Soil Boost Extreme – John Viertel

SOIL BOOST EXTREME spray surfactant logo

SOIL BOOST EXTREME spray surfactant logo

 

I can’t believe that it is the first week of February 2019 already. The first of April is only seven weeks away! Looks like right now it could be wet going into planting season this year here in Missouri. If you remember, last year it was cool and very dry when burndown herbicides were being applied.

Why do I mention this? We need to start planning for burndown before planting. Last year, I had some questions about why the burndown herbicides were working so slow. The biggest reason was that the cover crops, weeds, whatever was out there that people were trying to get rid of were under stress from the cool, dry conditions. They just were not growing. If the target plants are under stress, burndown herbicides don’t work as well. It states on labels “Apply to actively growing plants”. When plants are under stress, they will not take in the herbicide as well as when they are actively growing. Therefore, we have always recommended to use SOIL BOOST PLUS and LANDOIL in all herbicide mixes.

SOIL BOOST PLUS buffers the water (which makes up the bulk of a spray mixture) making sure the herbicide is not tied up by the metal ions in the water (calcium and iron, i.e.). It will also bring the pH of that spray solution down (5 to 5.5) so that the burn down works efficiently. It is very important to buffer the spray water before any herbicide is added! SOIL BOOST PLUS satisfies the AMS requirement of glyphosate. If a producer is using one of the new dicamba or 2-4d products for the burndown, then SOIL BOOST EXTREME should be the product of choice. Is now on the approved list to use with these chemistries. Both SOIL BOOST PLUS and SOIL BOOST EXTREME help absorption and translocation by the target plants.

So why is LANDOIL recommended to be added? LANDOIL is a plant-based crop oil, soybean oil. When it is used to on a 1:1 ration with the burndown herbicide, it encapsulated the chemical. Then when the spray solution goes on the target plants, they recognize the solution as another plant material and are friendlier to accepting the chemical herbicide to be absorbed and then translocated throughout the plant killing it.

For those of us that are using cover crops and no-tilling, the burndown operation is very critical to the success of the crop. Using SOIL SERVICE, INC. products like SOIL BOOST PLUS and/or SOIL BOOST EXTREME, along with LANDOIL helps to ensure that this operation is a success.

SOIL SERVICE, INC. will be at the both the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville and the Western Farm Show in Kansas City in the coming weeks. Stop by our booth and visit about these options for your burndown herbicide programs this spring.

 

John Viertel, MO Sales Manager

Missouri Harvest – John Viertel

Harvest is underway in Missouri, and early results are coming in (as seen in the above screen shot). Even though we have been under extreme drought conditions here, it looks like the corn yields are going to be pretty good.

This early report came from John Hansman in Central Missouri. You might remember that name from last year. I followed John’s soybeans from planting through harvest. This year he used the entire Soil Service Program, from starter at planting and foliar feeding with Foliar Opp.

Even with the extreme stress that we have experienced in this part of the country, this shows that using a “balanced” fertility program from start to finish in a crop helps the plants deal with extreme stress and be able to finish strong. By the way, John reported that it looked like he was averaging about 162 bushels per acre in this field. Thanks for the report, John!

Next week, September 11 thro 13, we will be at Husker Harvest Days in Nebraska. This will be my very first HHD, and I am looking forward to seeing this farm show. If you are planning to attend, please stop by the Soil Service, Inc. booth (#761) and visit with us about our Crop Choice fertility program to help you get the most out of your crop in 2019.

 

Attributes of Applying Fungicide – John Viertel

To say that it has been dry in my state, is an understatement! Today we are getting a bit of rain, and more is in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow. It is going to take 8 to 10 inches to get us back to normal and “bust” this year’s drought. Hope that it doesn’t all come at once!

One of our customers called last week with a success story. He had gotten some Max 72 SRN and Sugar E-Boost to fly on his corn with the fungicide application back in July. Evidently, his neighbor had also flown on some fungicide (with out Max 72) across the road. The neighbor’s corn was having standability problems. Our customer’s corn was standing almost perfectly, he was proud of it and is making plans for his aerial app next season, with more Max 72 and Sugar E-Boost!

One of the attributes of applying fungicide is better stress management by keeping the plant healthy for better late season standability. Getting the fungicide translocated throughout the entire plant is the key. Using SOIL SERVICE, INC. products (Soil Boost Plus, LandOil, Sugar E-Boost, Max 72 SRN) with the aerial application will enhance the effectiveness of the fungicide. In this case, it has really showed up.

If you are in an area where there has been some stress on you corn this season, and did, or didn’t apply a fungicide, get out and check on the stalk quality. You may want to get that combine out just a little sooner this year.

Don’t forget that the Farm Progress Show is coming in just two weeks. If you are planning on coming, our booth # is 757, we’ve moved, and there will be a whole new look to our booth. Stop and see us and ask about Max 72 SRN, aerial application, and all our other products. Hope to see you there!

John Viertel, MO Sales

 

 

Clean Liberty Link Soybean Field – John Viertel

In an earlier posting, I showed a sprayer applying Liberty Herbicide to this field, using Soil Service, Inc. products with the Liberty Herbicide. The pictures showed the coverage on the beans and on the weeds. Well, I got time to finally get back to that field, and as you can see, the weeds are gone and there is a very nice, CLEAN, field.

If you look back at the post from late June, we used SOIL BOOST PLUS, LANDOIL, 2075 SRN, SUGAR E-BOOST, AND FOLIAR OPP in the Liberty Herbicide mix, which also included an insecticide and Select. There was no crop response to this mix, only dead weeds and grass. The beans at that time received a nutrient boost from the Foliar Opp and 2075 SRN. We really like this mix for Liberty Link Soybeans.

Pods are just starting to set, and a good rain (in the forecast for the next couple of days) would be very, very beneficial.

 

John Viertel, MO Sales

No-Till Soybeans with and without Crop Choice Fertilizer – John Viertel

 

These pictures are from the same field, but it is split by a waterway. The field on left is to the north(with Crop Choice), field on the right is south of the waterway(without Crop Choice).

I have had several calls in the last week about yellow soybeans. All have come from an area here in the central part of the state that hasn’t had the rain. The farm in the pictures has just had about one-half inch, while just south of there had 3.5 inches. The beans in this situation are exhibiting potash deficiency, because with the extremely dry soil, the roots can’t get enough nutrients to supply the plants needs. The producer is hoping for some rain which is in the forecast for July 1, and then we are going to foliar feed them with Foliar Opp. An interesting feature from the top photo are the turn rows. They look like they were planted before the rest of the field. They weren’t! The turn rows were planted several days earlier, and in tilled soil. I asked the producer why they decided not to use starter on all the acres, and he replied they were trying to save money. Wonder how much yield is going to be lost by not using Crop Choice Stater Fertilizer on all his acres?

 

John Viertel – MO Sales