Crop Protection Network Staff

Peanut Variety and Quality Evaluation. I. Agronomic and Grade Data

The 2017 PVQE agronomic and grading results are available here https://pubs.ext.vt.edu/AREC/AREC-231/AREC-231.html.  In 2017, 25 peanut breeding lines from the North Carolina State University’s Peanut Breeding program were tested and compared with five commercial cultivars at five locations in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. At two locations, two digging dates were performed, bringing the number…

Factors Affecting Wheat Production Decisions: Producer survey findings

Written collaboratively by Tong Wang, David Hennessy, and Hongli Feng (Michigan State University). Recent USDA data shows that during the past 3 years acres devoted to wheat production continue declining in both South Dakota and North Dakota (USDA, 2018). As indicated in Table 1, South Dakota wheat acres experienced a remarkable decrease of 31.5% during…

EPA Public Comment Period Open on Neonicotinoid Insecticide Ecological Risk Assessments, Closes February 20

The EPA recently opened a public comment period on ecological risk assessments of four neonicotinoid insecticides as part of the ongoing registration review for these materials. The purpose of this comment period is to allow stakeholders and the general public to provide input on the risks and benefits of these materials related to their use…

New Site Gives Midwest Farmers Easy Access to Crop Management Resources

Farmers and agribusiness have a new tool to help them tackle crop management challenges. The Crop Protection Network, a multi-state and international collaboration of university and provincial extension specialists, has redesigned its website at www.cropprotectionnetwork.org. In addition to the corn and soybean publications it is known for, the site now offers videos, newsletter and blog articles, featured…

Dicamba Training Announcement

The federal labels for XtendiMax® herbicide with VaporGrip® Technology (Monsanto), Dow DuPont ® FeXapan® herbicide Plus VaporGrip® Technology, and Engenia® Herbicide (BASF) now require additional training beyond a Pesticide Applicator’s License prior to use of these products “over the top” of dicamba-tolerant soybean or cotton.  Training for 2018 will be provided by the registrants of…

SDSU Extension Guidelines for Safely & Legally Applying XtendiMax, Engenia and FeXapan

Courtesy: United Soybean Board [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr Written collaboratively by Amanda Bachmann, Gared Shaffer, Nathan Edwards, Laura Edwards, and Paul O. Johnson. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture adopted the 2018 federal label for the dicamba herbicides: XtendiMax, FeXapan and Engenia. There are substantial changes from the 2017 label—especially in regards to weather.…

Rye Cover Crops in Corn Production on Irrigated Sands

Natalie Ricks and Fabián Fernández In Minnesota, approximately 500,000 acres of irrigated farmland are highly productive but susceptible to nitrate leaching to groundwater. Irrigated sandy soils are especially vulnerable to leaching. A recent study from University of Minnesota, with support from Pope County SWCD and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, evaluated the use of winter…

Downwind Buffers and Susceptible Crop Restrictions for New Dicamba Products

In response to problems with off-target movement and injury associated with dicamba applications on dicamba-resistant (Xtend) soybean, the EPA made significant changes to labels of the new dicamba products.  While much of the discussion has focused on the Restricted Use designation and the requirement for applicators to receive dicamba-specific training, the EPA also clarified how…

One More Call for Soybean Production Information

A number of times over the past 30 months I’ve asked Illinois soybean producers for help in gathering field-level information on soybean fields to feed into a study, led by the University of Nebraska and funded by the North Central Soybean Research Program, looking at weather, soil, and management effects soybean yield over the Corn Belt. The…

New Dicamba Labels Issued

ICM News In October 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency reclassified Engenia®, FeXapan™ herbicide Plus VaporGrip® Technology, and Xtendimax® With VaporGrip® Technology as Restricted Use products and added additional restrictions and requirements to their use. One of the additional requirements stated that anyone wishing to apply these products must attend a dicamba or auxin-specific training. Recently,…