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

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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

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

Foliar Opp on Missouri Beans – John Viertel

 

 

 

 

 

As seen in the pictures, we sprayed some Liberty Link Soybeans last Friday. I wanted to share these, because there was a 10 to 12 mph breeze (hot and very dry breeze here in Central Missouri). There was an excellent spray pattern and all the product was going where it was supposed to – on the target weeds. The FOLIAR OPP was going on the beans and being absorbed into them. Going back today to and expect to see dead and/or dying weeds!

Wheat harvest has started in Central Mo, and we have a wheat plot with and without SUGAR E-BOOST. Check back for results.

John Viertel

Good Results from Burndown – John Viertel

A couple of weeks ago, I showed a picture of cereal rye with the coverage of the burndown herbicide when using Soil Boost Plus and Landoil. The cereal rye cover crop was under stress from dry weather and had also been grazed by a cow herd. We just had a neighbor stop and ask about our spray program because his cereal rye had been burnt down, but a lot of it was still green (and still is on this date). The picture that I took today, shows just how good our spray program works, even under stress conditions. The soybeans are looking good now after receiving some very welcome rain. Hope your crops are doing well, and if you would like to visit with us about making your herbicide program better, contact us at info@soilserviceinc.com

Happy Memorial Day and Thank You to all our Veterans!

John Viertel, MO Sales

Spray Coverage on Cereal Rye Burndown – John Viertel

This is 2 hours after application. Yes, I know I just posted one earlier this week, but there is a lot happening in the fields. Look closely at the picture. Notice the darker areas on the leaf and stem of the cereal rye plant. This field was sprayed yesterday, after the beans were planted the day before, with glyphosate. The mix included SOIL BOOST PLUS and LANDOIL. What can be seen in this picture is how the spray droplets spread out on the leaf and are being held there by the LANDOIL, so they can be absorbed into the plant, killing it.

I will check back on this field in a couple of days, watching the progress of the burndown.

John Viertel