Author Ryan Wolf, Agronomy Services Manager
Now more than ever, it’s essential to keep up with the latest spray application procedures and regulations. We’ll prepare you for the season at a Spray Clinic by WinField United.
It’s the time of year that Spray Clinics by WinField United start popping up at retail locations across the U.S. At these events, experts will team up with retailers, farmers and applicators to discuss important spray topics for the 2018 season.
Farmers and applicators who attend a Spray Clinic find they are more prepared when spray season arrives. Attendees can increase their return on input investment potential because they are trained on the latest application procedures, research and technology. Here are some topics that are likely to be discussed and why they’re important to your bottom line.
Best application practices — It’s always important to talk about best application practices, but this year there will be extra emphasis on the topic. The stakes are high as the second year of a two-year probationary period for in-crop use of dicamba begins. The EPA and state governments have added new restrictions for in-season use of low-volatility dicamba products. Applicators will be required to follow more restrictive label requirements to ensure the technology is available next year and beyond.
In addition to dicamba, other new herbicide products will be on the market in select geographies. The addition of in-crop 2,4-D herbicides will add another layer of complexity for growers, applicators and farmers who have grown accustomed to having just a couple of standard herbicide-tolerant soybean seed options.
Experts at Spray Clinics will talk through new technologies and offer recommendations about how to use new products to get the most value from your spray program. Another focus will be keeping products on-target by managing drift and cleaning equipment properly. There will be live demonstrations and hands-on spray tables that show how different nozzles and pressures deposit spray. You’ll also learn which nozzles are most appropriate depending on a specific tank mix.
Comprehensive weed management planning — Constantly evolving weed populations make management a challenge. We’re always talking about controlling weeds and avoiding resistance because each season weed profiles change. When a weed escapes control methods and reproduces, its successor is more adapted to the environment and to our management strategies.
At Spray Clinics, experts will discuss strategies to stay one step ahead of weeds. While the resistant-weed management recommendations have been consistent over recent years, there’s new technology and a resurgence of old weed-control methods that can ease the pain of managing tough weeds. Experts will share what they’re learning to keep you up to date on the latest research.
Optimizing your spray program — Choosing the right product, nozzles and rates for each acre has a direct impact on your bottom line. Attending a Spray Clinic can help you navigate the sea of endless information and experts can help recommend a custom program based on your biggest problem challenges. Whether you need a major overhaul or minor tweaks to your program, improving efficacy will help you capture more value from your input dollars.
Contingency planning is another important topic we’ll discuss at Spray Clinics. If you’re planning to spray dicamba over soybeans, do you understand the implications of new label restrictions? What’s your backup plan if you can’t get all your acres covered? These are questions we’ll discuss as we consider logistical challenges heading into the spray season.
Insights update — From product conception through in-field testing, WinField United invests heavily in agronomic research and technology. We’ll share what we’re learning about the way products work and how that information feeds into forecasting and modeling tools to help us solve on-farm problems. We’ll discuss insights that you can take back to your farm from our research at Answer Plot® trial locations.
Equipment enhancements — Time is money, so increasing productivity is a way to cut production costs. We’ll be discussing the latest machinery updates and tools that improve efficiency and spray quality in the field. From weather reports sent directly to the sprayer cab to new apps that can help you make application decisions on the go, we’ll dive into technology that can help you operate more efficiently through harvest.
Spray Clinic topics will be tailored to local needs, so each event will be a little different. You’re guaranteed to learn something new this year, even if you’ve attended a Spray Clinic in the past. Our agronomists will be available to answer specific questions to ensure you get the most value from your spray program in 2018. We encourage open, transparent dialogue, so bring your questions to the event. You’ll leave with research-backed insights and the latest product information to help you make confident decisions for the coming season.
Spray Clinic locations and dates continue to be added. Contact your local WinField United retailer to find out how to participate in an event near you.