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Spraying Roundup in Cold Weather – Derek Porter

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Here in Central Illinois, the temperature outlook through the end of April has high’s in the 60’s with low’s dipping down to the mid 40’s to high 30’s. When the overnight low temperature dips down below 50 two days before or two days after application, the effectiveness of glyphosate starts to decrease. This can create issues with early season weed control and I particularly get concerned when terminating cover crops like annual rye, cereal rye, and wheat. My advice to growers facing this situation is to adjust and make changes to their roundup application to compensate for the cooler temperatures. The first adjustment that I would look at is your glyphosate rate. It may not be a bad idea to adjust rates by 50% if you can remain on label. If you’re terminating rye or wheat cover crops, I like to keep my glyphosate rate at a minimum of 1.25 lbs of acid equivalent (not active ingredient) per acre when terminating cereal rye and 2.5 lbs of acid equivalent when terminating annual rye or wheat. The second adjustment I would make is on your spray adjuvant. Even if you’re using a “loaded glyphosate” that is supposed to come with all the surfactant you need, there will still be a benefit in providing a surfactant (NIS) that will provide spreading action of the spray droplets. I want the spray droplet to be able to stay on the plant surface and not roll off. Any droplet that rolls off are useless and efficiency of our spray solution is important in these less than ideal conditions! This spreading is even more crucial if you’re using air induction nozzles or any nozzle that provides a coarse droplet. Our Landoil provides these spreading benefits as well as adhering your chemical to the plant better than most other surfactants on the market. Landoil can also be used as a drift reduction agent, will help penetrate solution into the plant, and will improve the rainfast of most herbicide products. As always, make sure your spray water is conditioned with products such as Soil Boost Plus or Soil Boost Extreme. This will keep the glyphosate from tying up with hard water ions in the spray water. This is an extremely important step no matter what the weather conditions are when spraying glyphosate!

In the past I’ve used a whiff of 2,4-d (2-4 oz.) to help terminate hard to control cover crops such as annual rye and wheat. I’m not using 2,4-d for its weed killing capabilities but more for its growth regulating properties with the hope that it helps with the performance of the glyphosate. I did this last year in some situations and to be honest I don’t know if I gained much in terms of control. One last thing I advise to delay glyphosate applications a couple days if low temperatures are below freezing or look to get below the freezing mark.

If you have any questions or need any help please give us a call and we will be more than happy to assist you!

Stay Safe!

Derek Porter

Central Illinois Sales Manager


The Landoil Advantage – Derek Porter

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Planting Season Has Arrived! – John Viertel

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Here it is, the last half of March! March Madness is going on in the NCAA, while some are thinking of crappie fishing, turkey hunting, and/or hunting morels. Not the crew from Soil Service, Inc. We are all concentrating on getting product delivered! Our trucks, trailers, and tankers are going strong. Most everyone is looking forward to the last week of March and the first of April. Why, PLANTING SEASON!

And that is what our sales team sat down and discussed last Friday morning. We spent the morning talking about our research plots, and what we wanted to evaluate this year, and how we would evaluate them. We all agreed that this is very important not only to us, but to all our customers.

Plot information this fall will help everyone make their buying decisions for the next growing season. We are going to have plot updates throughout the growing season this year. They will be posted on our Facebook page, on this blog, and there will be videos posted to the SOIL SERVICE, INC. YouTube channel. Watch for them!

We hope you have a safe, trouble free planting season!

John Viertel

Missouri Sales Manager

Iowa Power Farm Show – Shelly Hardy

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I have had the pleasure of working for Brent and Andrea at Soil Service since August in billing. I have met and work with a lot of great people.  So many of them I have just gotten to know through phone calls.  Well, last week I got to meet some of our distributors at the Iowa Power Farm Show in Des Moines in person.  What a great group of guys!!  Very knowledgeable and so easy to talk to. 

Give us a call to find out which distributor, salesman, or dealer can cover your needs in your area.


Shelly Hardy

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Super Bowl- John Viertel

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WOW! Can you believe that today is Super Bowl Sunday! I can’t! Got the game today, Valentine’s Day in ten days, the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville coming that week, and the Western Farm Show in Kansas City after that. It’s going to be a busy month for all of us at SOIL SERVICE, INC. Stop by our booth at either, or both, shows to find out what’s new for us.

Getting back to the Big Game. Those players have put a lot of hard work and training to get to this point of the season. The coaches have spent many hours getting their players ready, and formulating a “game plan.” It’s pretty much the same for us farmers.

We spend all winter going to meetings, checking out new ideas (and products) on-line or in farm publications. We now have You Tube, where we can watch videos from innovators and how their new ideas are working. By the way, check out the SOIL SERVICE, INC channel on You Tube. We have several videos posted.

 We spend time in the shop getting equipment ready to go to the fields. Time is spent in offices and at kitchen tables crunching numbers and locking in supplies for the season. A lot of time is spent on a “game plan” for getting the crop planted timely and how it will be managed all season.

Then September rolls around, and that’s when our Super Bowl begins! We get to see just how well our “game plan” worked!

Here at SOIL SERVICE, our team has been busy helping farmers all over the mid-west get their plans together for this coming season. We know that many of you still have decisions to make for your operations, and we have the products and expertise to help you get those plans finalized. We want you to have the best “game plan” for your operation, so YOU will be the WINNER in YOUR SUPER BOWL of 2018!

 So, if you have any questions, or would like information on starter fertilizer, micro nutrients, spray adjuvants, planter equipment, or any of our products, please contact us at: You can the office call the office: 888-313-2360.