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Roundup Ready PLUS® Weed Management Solutions and Field Check Up Series with a Channel Seedsman

May 24, 2013

Featured Seedsman: Heath Basnet, Illinois,

Heath Basnet, a Channel Seedsman in Wayne County, IL, is busy building ideal seedbeds, matching fields with their ideal products and preparing himself for the long growing season ahead, as well as tending to his own farm grounds. Basnet has spent the early part of this spring aiding and prepping local growers for the fast arriving planting season. To locate a resourceful Seedsman in your area, visit

Q: What is the planting ground like in Wayne Country and the surrounding areas?

HB: Wayne Country has a wide variation of soil types and topography. We have everything from good, flat bottom ground, to hills, to high flat ground and everything in between.

Q: Would you talk about your experience with the Field Check Up Series?HeathBasnet

HB: This is my first year being involved with the Field Check Up Series, but I have already been out there checking on farmers’ field conditions. I’ve been taking soil samples so I can recommend the best products for each grower and each field. After first emergence I’ll check root systems, soil conditions, weed presence and the like. I’ll continue with the Check Ups throughout the growing season to build a close, trusting relationship with my growers. By harvest time we will have raised a healthy, high yielding crop.

Q: What are some prevalent weed, disease or pest issues in your area and how are you helping to resolve those issues?

HB: The disease that growers in Wayne Country face most often is Sudden Death Syndrome, and I have been recommending SDS tolerant products in order to combat the issue. The SDS tolerant product has largely remedied the problem. For weed control in our area, waterhemp and marestail are the two most common issues. For our customers, we recommend Roundup Ready PLUS® Weed Management Solutions to keep up with the residual growth throughout the year and then make sure to get a good burndown after harvest.

Q: Are there any other weed control tips you give your growers?

HB: Start your season off the season before with a good burndown at the end of each season. I know it’s an extra cost, but the cost pays off in higher soil quality and higher yield potential. For my bean ground, I like to leave those fields in no- till (in the fall). Then in spring, I jump in with some tillage to take care of emerging weeds and follow that up with Roundup agricultural herbicide applications throughout the season.

For more information about Roundup Ready PLUS® Weed Management Solutions and the Field Check Up series, contact Heath Basnet from Illinois ( or your local Channel Seedsman.

ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW PESTICIDE LABEL DIRECTIONS. Roundup Ready® crops contain genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup® brand agricultural herbicides. Roundup® brand agricultural herbicides will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. Roundup Ready PLUS®, Roundup Ready® and Roundup® are registered trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC. Channel® and Seedsmanship At Work™ are trademarks of Channel Bio, LLC. ©2013 Monsanto Company.



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