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Experiencing EnlistAdam Schwering

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Adam Schwering

We follow a 50/50 corn-soybean rotation. We also incorporate cover crops – cereal rye after corn going to beans and annual rye grass after beans going to corn. More than 40 years ago, my grandfather started the farm that my dad, brother and I operate today. We want to stay proactive with our weed control program, which is why we’re interested in the Enlist™ system. We don’t want to fight marestail. We want to stay ahead of it and control it effectively.

  • Location
  • Indiana
  • Enlist Crop
  • Soybeans
  • Problem Weeds
  • Marestail,
    giant ragweed
  • Management Practices
  • No-till/vertical till
    Nonirrigated

November 02, 2015

Enlist Duo™ herbicide took control of weeds in our soybeans

Enlist Duo™ herbicide was extremely effective in taking control of the weed pressure in our soybean field. In the future, we would like to plant most of our soybean acres with Enlist soybeans so we can use this new 2,4-D technology as part of our systems approach to stay ahead of glyphosate-resistant weeds.


November 02, 2015

We had weather issues this spring and couldn’t get spraying done when we would’ve liked.  The wide application window made it possible for us to utilize this new tool to knock down marestail and giant ragweed that we would have otherwise had difficulty controlling. We didn’t need to spend a lot of time measuring and mixing several different products together. The outcome netted us a clean, beautiful, weed-free field of soybeans.

Enlist Duo is a new formulation of 2,4-D so it is specifically formulated to help cut down on drift. We followed the label recommendation, put different nozzles on our sprayer to minimize drift and saw no drift whatsoever.

October 07, 2015

Quality of Enlist™ soybeans excellent at harvest

We’ve just started combining our Enlist™ soybeans. I think they’ll average in the low 60s. With another rain in August, they had the potential to yield 70 bushels per acre.


September 12, 2015

Enlist™ soybeans beginning to change

We’re just starting to see the Enlist soybeans reach maturity. We expect to harvest the field in about three weeks.


August 16, 2015

Dry Field Conditions

Pods are set on Enlist™ soybeans

The Enlist beans look really good. The fields are about as close to 100 percent weed free as you can get. Looks like there is a pretty good amount of pods that have set on all the plants. With a little cooperation in the weather over the next few weeks, we will have a good crop of beans.


August 16, 2015

Early this season was wet, and we’re now seeing our longest driest spell since March, it seems. Rains have slowed so much now. It wouldn’t hurt to have a nice shower this next week to help finish out the beans. With 1.5 inches so far in August, we are now over 21 inches since May 1.

The beans in our area look surprisingly good for all that they have been put through this year! I think our corn is suffering more than the beans, now especially. We are seeing a lot of firing on the bottom of our corn stalks.”

July 08, 2015

Our Weed Control can be Challenging

With no-till farming practices, our weed control can be challenging. By working Enlist Duo herbicide into our program, it gives us more options to get those tough weeds. We use Sonic herbicide as our preemergence, and Enlist Duo is an option for us to come in over the top.


July 06, 2015

Healthy Enlist™ soybeans one week after Enlist Duo® herbicide application

 


June 25, 2015

Handling of Enlist Duo herbicide was easy

Handling of Enlist Duo herbicide was easy. We weren’t mixing 2-3 chemicals together in the tank. You just dump and go. It’s fast and effective.



For the application, we couldn’t ask for a better day – the weeds and soybeans were actively growing. We saw some speckling, but no puckering or chemical burn. It was less damage to the plant than we’ve seen with other products.


May 25, 2015

Wet Field Conditions

Planting Enlist™ soybeans

We planted our Enlist beans this past Friday and finished our corn on Friday as well. At least for the first time around! It’s been a wet May. Yesterday, we finished the rest of the beans and replanted about 50 acres of corn that had drowned due to the rain we’ve received.

It’s a good thing we finished yesterday because it is raining again this morning, and they are calling for chances of rain for the next eight days.


April 30, 2015

fair field conditions

Early spring herbicide applications

We started planting corn on our farm today. The ground conditions are decent, where we have good drainage tile but a couple days from ideal elsewhere. My dad and brother are still working on bean burndown and preemergence herbicide applications. We hope to start putting beans in the ground by middle of next week. (L to R) Steve Schwering, Adam Schwering and Curtis Schwering.


April 30, 2015

Fields benefit from cover crops

We seeded cereal rye cover crop on our Enlist soybean field last fall. We have three main goals for cover crops on our farm – capture any nitrogen we can, build organic matter and erosion control on some of our gently rolling fields. As you can see from the photo, the rye is doing an excellent job of capturing nitrogen. You can definitely see the streaks from anhydrous application last year.