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Choosing the right Clearfield herbicide for your field

LynnToday’s blog is brought to us by Lynn Van-de-Spiegle, Innovation Specialist – BASF Crop Protection

BASF: Ares, Tensile – Choosing the right Clearfield herbicide for your field.  What is the difference?  Which one is better?  Can I grow winter wheat this fall?  Those three questions are undoubtedly the ones I am asked the most often when I’m talking with growers.    Clearfield canola is different than other canola systems in that you have more than one chemistry option when it comes time to spray weeds.

When making the decision, the product that should be at the top of your mind is Ares.  Ares Is a game-changing, revolutionary herbicide that has really impressed growers with superior flushing control of key weeds.  Ares (which is a liquid formulation) contains two Group 2 active ingredients called Imazamox & Imazapyr – both of which have activity on broadleaf and grassy weeds. ARES FAST FACTS ABOUT ARES

  • 1 case of Ares treats 40 acres (includes 1 jug of ARES herbicide & 1 jug of Merge surfactant)
  • Ground application only @ 5-10 IMP gal/ac water volume.
  • Spray @ 2-7 true leaf stage canola
  • 2 hour rainfastness period
  • Controls grassy weeds to 6 true stage with up to 2 tillers
  • Recropping restrictions;
    • If you spray Ares in 2015 you CANNOT plant;
      • Winter wheat or fall rye in fall 2015
      • Non-Clearfield canola, flax, sunflowers in 2016
    • Follow crops not on label but are fully supported that you CAN plant in 2015;
      • Soybeans
      • Drybeans
  • Registered tank-mix partners: Lontrel, Equinox
  • BASF supported tank-mix partners; Poast Ultra, Clethodim, Headline, Priaxor

TENSILE A second alternative chemistry available to you to use on your Clearfield canola is Tensile, which contains Imazamox (Group 2) and Clopyralid (Group 4).  Tensile is a herbicide options that provides suppression of Canada thistle and perennial sow thistle, as well as control of many other broadleaf and grassy weeds.  What’s the best part? You can grow winter wheat or fall rye this fall.   Tensile still provides superior control of a long list of weeds, but you need to hit them a bit earlier, and you no longer have the flushing control that Ares offers. FAST FACTS ABOUT TENSILE

  • 1 case of Tensile treats 40 acres (includes TENSILE 2x235g water soluble bags & Merge adjuvant)
  • Ground application only @ 10 IMP gal/ac water volume
  • Spray @ 2-6 true leaf stage canola
  • 6 hour rainfastness period
  • Controls grassy weeds up to 4 leaf stage
  • Registered tank-mix partners; none
  • BASF supported tank-mix partners; Poast Ultra, Headline, Priaxor

Making the best decision; if you need the option that best serves in terms of the most superior, broad-spectrum, flushing weed control – Ares is your best choice.  If you need product with a kick of Lontrel for some perennial weeds and / or are planning on winter wheat this fall, your choice should be Tensile.  You can find comprehensive application & product information including a complete list of broadleaf & grassy weed controlled by these 2 products, check out the following links;

TENSILE

ARES

More questions or want clarification?  Call me @ 204-362-6676 or send me an email @ lynn.van-de-spiegle@basf.com You can even drop Dwight a line.  He did do a brief stint @ BASF a while back (I think).   204-770-4678

2015 Corn Plot Trial

~ This weeks blog is brought to you by Erin Erb ~

Another spring, another plot.  Or shall I say plots…   It’s a love / hate relationship that Derek has with putting these in.  Yesterday, he put in our corn plot and lets just say it was an interesting day.  One of the calmest people I know,  Derek can be a little tough to be around when doing these.  I like to describe his demeanor as “crusty” when doing plots.  We cheer him up with Tim Horton’s coffee,  and keep him happy by staying out of his hair.

Coffee break after loading up Seed Boxes

Coffee break after loading up Seed Boxes

So, why a love / hate relationship with plots?

Well, the love part is how proud he is once the corn starts popping up in rows and he sees the reward in his hard but tedious work.   The hate part,  as a farmer during seeding he likes to go. go. go. and stopping every pass to empty and refill can make them go a little batty, especially when rain is in the forecast.   All kidding aside, we are very excited on the placement of our corn plot in Oak Bluff.  Our plot is situated 1 mile East of town and will showcase 18 different varieties.  This plot will give our farm and our growers a good idea of what works well for our area.

We got very lucky, and were able to finish the plot and field before we were rained out just after 2 pm.

 

Check back here each week to get updates how the corn is doing!

Local 4H Club receives $1000.00 grant from DuPont Pioneer

 

Starbuck 4H

From Left; Derek Erb (Pioneer sales representative), Sharron Masse (4H Leader), Jack Zuk (Treasurer)

~Today’s blog brought to you by Erin Erb~

Starbuck, MB – April 30, 2015

A local 4H club received a financial boost when Pioneer sales representative Derek Erb (Derek Erb Seeds Inc.) dropped off a $1000.00 cheque.  The cheque is courtesy of DuPont Pioneer’s Leaders Helping Leaders program, and is one of the perks of winning a Sales Excellence Award given to sales representatives each year.

Sales Excellence Plaque presented to Derek Erb Seeds Inc.

Sales Excellence Plaque presented to Derek Erb Seeds Inc.

It was the decision of Derek Erb and Dwight Willoughby to allocate the $1000.00 community grant to the Starbuck 4H Club.

For more information about the Leaders Helping Leaders program, contact:       Derek Erb 204-792-6744                        Dwight Willoughby 204-770-4678          Erin Erb 204-832-7553

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