Crop Tech: Additional Corn Herbicide Available in 2018

November 2, 2017 01:39 PM

Additional Corn Herbicide Available in 2018

Summit Agro USA is launching Shieldex 400SC, a corn herbicide for the 2018 growing season. It features HPPD inhibitor (group 27) technology for broadleaf and some grass control. Shieldex 400SC provides control against especially troublesome weeds such as Palmer amaranth, waterhemp, giant ragweed and giant foxtail. The product can be applied on corn up to the V6 growth stage.

“We are very excited about the registration of Shieldex 400SC corn herbicide, and we look forward to working with our exclusive distribution partners Helena Chemical Company and Tenkoz Inc., to get the product into the hands of retailers and growers across the U.S.,” says Jon Forbis, Shieldex 400SC product manager.

The new herbicide has been used in more than 500 private and university research trials since 2014. Summit Agro USA says it is a safe and effective product for all types of corn.

New Soil Sampling Method Provides Greater Accuracy

Rapid, in-field analysis of soil texture, using visible near-infrared diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (vis-NIRS), could allow more precise measurements from multiple field locations, according to res-earch reported in the Soil Science Society of America Journal.

NIRS technology is already used in agriculture for other types of soil and plant-tissue analysis.

Researchers at Aarhus University in Denmark conducted the study using 431 soil samples from seven farm fields in Denmark and Greenland. They used two different analytical models to analyze the samples for soil texture and organic-matter content. Their ana-lysis categorized soil particles on the particle-size curve (PSC), which defines the continuous size distribution of mineral particles smaller than 2 millimeters.

The researchers analyzed their samples in a laboratory, but portable vis-NIRS devices, adapted for this use, potentially could measure soil texture in the field. Among their findings, the researchers report both of the tested models performed well in describing the PSC of a broad sample of soils, within- and between-field variations in PSC and organic matter (OM) are well-predicted by vis-NIRS, and the new vis-NIRS concept enables soil type classification in any texture system worldwide.

“From one vis-NIRS scanning the complete texture comprising the PSC and the OM content was successfully characterized,” the researchers conclude.

New Seed Company Enters the Market

With a mission to provide custom-crafted seed options, Local Seed Company brings together two legacy seed companies to offer a diverse portfolio starting in 2018.

“The Local Seed Company direct-to-grower business model is a bit unique in some areas of the country,” says Charles Michell, CEO of Local Seed Company. “The best way to provide our customers the absolute best seed offerings is by locally testing and selecting products that are sold directly to growers.”

The new company is the result of investments in Dulaney Seed of Clarksdale, Miss., and T.A. Seeds of Jersey Shore, Penn. Local Seed Company is headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., and will continue operations in Mississippi and Pennsylvania with plans to expand in the future. It will provide corn, soybean, wheat, rice, cotton and cover crop seed to farmers in specific areas.

“The ag industry is changing every day, and we must keep up with those changes,” says Taylor Doebler, previous owner of T.A. Seeds. “Our customers are our most important investment, and we felt this opportunity with Local Seed Company was the ideal business decision that will benefit both us as a company and our farmer/dealer customers.”

For the 2018 season, farmers in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and into Canada will be able to buy from Local Seed Company. The company plans to expand into Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina and South Carolina in 2019.

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