Crop Input Flexibility Helps Growers Approach Spring With Confidence

November 17, 2017 04:55 PM



There’s no telling what each season will bring. In 2017, northwest Iowa corn and soybean growers recovered from cool, wet conditions, only to be faced with periods of drought. Waterhemp, marestail and velvetleaf took advantage of the slow-developing soybean canopy to invade, taking serious bites out of yield.

Ron Geis, territory manager, has spent 33 years checking fields around Sutherland, Iowa, for DuPont Crop Protection. He relies on those scouting observations to help his customers respond to each season’s unique challenges. Geis works with retailers like Doug Sickelka of Sickelka Ag Service. Together, they help growers create the best crop protection programs to meet their production and business goals.

Sickelka is a grower, too, clocking 40 years of crop production. He farms with his sons Chris and Cory and says the Sickelka farm takes advantage of a full range of crop protection solutions.

“Chris, Cory and I understand where growers are coming from when they talk about specific problems they are experiencing on their farms, because we may be experiencing the very same things,” says Sickelka.

Responding to Weather

“In 2017, we started the season a little bit late due to weather,” says Sickelka, who provides custom fertilizer and crop protection applications for many of his customers. “The cool, wet spring pushed timing back and required a few changes in herbicide and fungicide choices.”

With a few keystrokes, Geis and Sickelka were able to help growers make the necessary product adjustments. They could provide this flexibility, and the confidence that comes with access to a broad spectrum of products, thanks to the DuPont TruChoice® Early Pay Multiplier (EPM). By committing to a crop protection budget the previous fall using EPM, growers could change their product mix as the season unfolded to address new realities.

“Suddenly, we saw a lot of burndown applications being used to control early weeds that were coming at planting time because growers hadn’t been able to get out to apply preemergence herbicides,” says Sickelka. “That was a good thing, ultimately, because it helped control some of the tougher weeds early.”

Geis says DuPont Enlite® and Abundit® Edge (glyphosate) herbicides tank-mixed with 2,4-D were the foundation of this program approach for season-long weed control in soybeans. Strategic postemergence herbicide applications and layered residual herbicide applications helped keep fields clean to avoid yield loss due to weed competition.

Finding Flexibility

“We’re in an area where there is some no-till and some conventional till,” says Geis. “A grower may use no-till on a crop in a particular field one season, then decide on conventional tillage the next season because of changes in weather conditions. Successful management requires that flexibility in tillage patterns. TruChoice® gives growers that same flexibility in crop protection decision making, since they may need additional herbicide options when they switch to no-till.”

Geis and Sickelka represent the kind of local DuPont team available to give growers confidence that they can respond to whatever the season throws at them to protect yield potential.

“It comes down to making sure growers have the right products to meet their needs,” says Geis. “TruChoice® EPM offers immediate rewards and, if growers prefer, they can finance their purchase and get almost the same early pay advantage. There’s no comparison with rebates that you have to wait until season’s end to receive.

“In the current market environment, growers are keeping an eagle eye on their bottom lines,” he adds, “and they’re eager to find solutions that improve their overall cash flow position. TruChoice® financing is a non-secured financing opportunity that doesn’t decrease their borrowing power. This sort of financial flexibility might help a grower be able to rent or purchase extra land. When markets are down, it’s another way to keep moving forward.”

Growers interested in learning more about the DuPont TruChoice® program can find details at

*See TruChoice® Early Pay Multiplier program information for terms and conditions.

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