Derek's Notes

Wrapping up Harvest 2016


~ This week’s blog is brought to you by Erin Erb

It’s a beautiful sunny Monday morning.   There are signs of the weather we had this past weekend on the ground in the form of puddles and mud, allowing Derek a chance to work in the office for the morning rather than in the field harvesting beans.  And as I sit here in the office next to him (who is currently on his phone for a conference call) I hear him tell colleagues that we had a little over an inch of rain and that our farm still has around 900 acres left to go before we can call an end to Harvest 2016 on our farm.    Wait, did Derek just say we are nearly done?  Or am I just convincing myself that is what he is telling the boys?   In the meantime, every 10 minutes or so, our little heater here in the office turns on, reminding me that it isn’t as warm as it was weeks ago.  Within a month or two, the heater may be pumping out warm air more frequently in our tiny 10 x 10 office, and I will be wearing a jacket to work rather than a light sweater.

I know that there are some of you out there that are still working on getting your beans off,  and perhaps getting your equipment ready for corn harvest, there are others in our area that have officially put Harvest 2016 to bed.    But the truth is, it’s never really over… right?

Years ago, I just assumed that once harvest was done, that was when my Grandfather would put his feet up and rest.   I admit, I was very wrong in that assumption.   I quickly learned that when the combines leave the field at the end of the season, all that truly happens is more work.  Drying, ditching, field work prepping for the next season, marketing, courses, grower meetings, learning about new products and technologies and deciding what might work for your next years crop, paying bills, getting bookwork in order for the accountant, working your second job, hauling grain, building new sheds, putting up new bins, tuning up equipment, deciding which pieces of equipment stays or goes, pricing out seed and fertilizer,  and for some working on their succession plans.  I’m sure I have missed many other tasks that are associated with farming, it feels at times the list never ends.  I’ve only been part of this life for 16 years.  I’m no expert, I’m just an observer of all the hard work you all put in to your operations and to say I’m impressed by you all is really a huge understatement.

With the large to-do list noted above, I do hope that you can carve out  some time to put your feet up for a moment, and enjoy the fruits of your hard work this past growing season.  Spend time with your families, that either worked side by side with you, or missed having you around during the late summer and during the fall.

I will never forget the tweet Derek sent out last year, followed up by a voice mail message to our daughters on how much he missed them and how thankful he was that they supported him.



We here at Derek Erb Seeds hope that each and every one of you have a safe and successful harvest this year, and we hope you know how much your hard work on your farm is appreciated by so many!

~ Erin

DuPont™ Express® herbicides


DuPont™ Express® herbicides

Herbicide Resistance: 

Herbicide resistant weeds are becoming a significant issue across Western Canada. Bringing a new herbicide active to market is very costly and time consuming, CropLife International estimates it takes over 11 years and $268M on average. For these reasons, we cannot rely on new herbicides to come to our rescue and must be proactive in helping to preserve the herbicide tools we already have in place. Recent research indicates that combining multiple modes of action in the same tank mix is more effective in delaying resistance than rotating herbicides. Adding a product like Express® to your glyphosate in a post-harvest or pre-seed burndown is the easiest way to incorporate an additional mode of action to reduce the pressure on glyphosate alone, as well to provide better control of hard to kill weeds.

Controlling weeds in the fall:

There are a number of good reasons to target weed control in the fall.  Fall temperatures trigger the movement of nutrients to the roots of perennials and biennials to build up reserves for the following season. A systemic herbicide, like Express®, takes advantage of this movement into the root system, allowing for better control. Furthermore, winter annuals can be targeted in the fall while they’re still small, rather than waiting until spring when they’re larger and can out compete your crop. Finally, fall is a good time to control the weeds you can’t effectively manage with in crop herbicides for pulses (like peas, lentils) and canola.

Application Tips: 

Apply to actively growing weeds 

  • Weeds damaged at harvest need time to accumulate new leaf tissue. This is essential for herbicide uptake and efficacy

Spraying after a frost

  • Frost damaged weeds are not healthy and will not take up herbicide
  • Delay spraying if leaf tissues are blackened, browned or dark green, these are signs of cold temperature damage. Leaves should be vibrant green, shiny and pliable. Look for new growth

Timing & weather conditions 

  • Generally, recommend application by October 1st
  • Spray in late morning or afternoon, when temperatures are warmer and heavy dew is off the plant
  • Ideally, apply when temperatures are above 10oC and rising on days with predicted highs above 15oC or more
  • Bright sunny conditions are ideal for moving herbicides to the roots where they will have the most impact next year

DuPont ™ Express® brand herbicides: 

All Express® herbicides are powered by Solumax® soluble granules that dissolve, not just disperse, for efficient plant absorption resulting in consistent weed control and easy sprayer cleanout.

Express® works systemically within the plant right down to the roots, so weeds will not grow back. Express® is available in convenient, compact packaging, or customized for a grower’s specific field or spray tank size as PrecisionPac® non-crop herbicide blends.

DuPont™ Express® SG – For maximum cropping & timing flexibility 

Express® SG offers excellent value tank mixed with 0.5 REL glyphosate rather than bumping up the rate of glyphosate alone. Combining 2 herbicide modes of action versus 1, results in proactive resistance management. Express® SG will control weeds not controlled by glyphosate alone, and provides improved control of the toughest weeds such as volunteer canola (excluding ClearField® varieties), dandelion, and wild buckwheat (see label for complete list). Express® SG offers maximum application & cropping flexibility.

  • Pre-seed: 
    • Seed cereals, field peas, dry beans, faba beans, lupin, soybeans, alfalfa, canary seed, red clover or alsike clover, smooth or meadow bromegrass, timothy & creeping red rescue 24 hours after application
  • Chem-fallow 
  • Post-Harvest:  
    • Seed winter wheat 24 hours after fall burn off
    • Seed any cereal crop, canola, canary seed, alfalfa, field peas, lentils, dry beans, fababeans, lupin, soybean, flax, alfalfa, red clover or alsike clover, smooth bromegrass, meadow bromegrass, timothy and creeping red fescue the following spring

DuPont™ Express® PRO – Professional strength burn-off with extended control

Express® PRO delivers all of the benefits as Express® SG but also provides extended control (up to 15 days+) of key tough weeds such as: wild buckwheat, volunteer canola (excluding ClearField® varieties), and cleavers (see label for complete list). Express® PRO is a great option to use ahead of winter wheat in the fall to ensure a clean start next spring. Limit the use of Express® PRO to one application per season.

  • Pre-seed:  
    • Apply prior to seeding spring wheat, winter wheat, durum wheat or barley
  • Chem-fallow 
  • Post-Harvest
    • Seed winter wheat 24 hours after fall burn off
    • Seed wheat, barley or oats next spring


Fall Applied Express® SG. Weed control efficacy of Express® SG applied post-harvest as shown compared with a sprayer miss. Photo taken the following spring.


For more information on Express® or other DuPont products please contact:

Caelyn Shearer

DuPont Crop Protection

Grower Specialist, Eastern Manitoba

(204) 918-8356

As with all crop protection products, read and follow label instructions carefully.   Member of CropLife Canada. Unless indicated, trademarks with ®, ™ or sm are trademarks of DuPont or affiliates. © 2016 DuPont.

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