2019 is finally coming to an end! There were many challenges this year for a lot of us, but I am not going to dwell on those. Instead, let’s think about 2020! One of the comments which I have heard from many of you last summer and this fall has been, “Can I use...
Feb 6, 2019
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...
Jul 18, 2018
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...
Jun 18, 2018
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...
May 29, 2018
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...
May 11, 2018
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...
May 9, 2018
It is dry here in Central Missouri, but the corn is up, and soybeans are going into the ground at a record pace. It seems that we have gone from a long winter, right into summer as the temps have been in the low to mid-eighties for several days. One of our...
Apr 23, 2018
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...
Apr 23, 2018
What are your options for a burndown ahead of soybeans? If you're planting dicamba tolerant soybeans, the answer is, more than likely, dicamba and if needed, roundup to control any early season grasses. That was my second favorite aspect of dicamba...
May 17, 2016
For the most part, corn planting is finished in West-Central Illinois, Eastern Iowa and Northeastern Missouri. Now it’s time to think about protecting that investment with fungicide applications. As I’m writing this, corn for October delivery is $3.52 to the river. That certainly makes finances tight, and we must evaluate the economics of everything we do more closely. It’s critical to do everything possible to increase per acre profit. Fungicide is one product that you can use to increase that per acre profit with very little effort.
May 1, 2016
WOW! In all my years of traveling the state of Missouri during the month of April, I don’t think that I have ever seen the corn crop go in the ground faster or under more ideal conditions than it did this year! After scouting some fields on April 28, the newly emerged plants look excellent. One field was almost in the V-2 stage, and there are probably some fields in Missouri that are further along than that. Emergence and population were virtually perfect. Weed control – excellent!
Feb 1, 2016
As 2015 has drawn to a close, it is time to really start thinking about next spring and what you are going to do on your operation in terms of weed control in your crops. There are a lot of options out there and many terms being used to describe them, including: “weed resistance management,” “mode of action,” “herbicide group number” and “site of action.” Even back before the Roundup Ready® era, we at SOIL Service talked about herbicides and helping them work better for you! So now that pre-emergent herbicides are being used on a large scale again, different modes of action are being used post-emergence (in tank mixes), and new products are being introduced, here are what our products are and what they can do for you!
Jan 1, 2015
In the above pictures, you should be able to see the size of both the soybeans and the weeds approximately 21 days after planting. The photo on the right is approximately 48 hours after the field was sprayed the first time with our Liberty herbicide program.
This particular field had been conventionally tilled and planted, but no pre-emerge herbicide had been applied. The next picture will show a strip that the sprayer missed with the first application. Yes, those weeds are taller than the soybeans.
So what do we need to take away from this? Even if a field is completely clean (conventional tilled or no till) weeds will get a foot hold very quickly, and if they are not managed in a timely manner, you will be trying to control them all season.
We have some recommendations to help have clean fields all season long:
• Make sure you start with a clean field
• Use a residual herbicide (maybe even two with different modes of action) preplant