Illinois Farmer Sees Continued Success with Enlist Duo® Herbicide
For Ben Hortenstine, the 2018 growing season is coming to a very nice close. Both his corn and soybean yield came in at record levels for the farm. His soybean success includes several hundred acres of Enlist E3™ soybeans.
“I was very satisfied with the yield of the Enlist E3 soybeans,” Hortenstine says.
This is the third year the Hortenstines have grown Enlist soybeans on their farm. Ben farms with his brother, Nathan, his father and his uncles. They’ve been using Enlist Duo® herbicide postemergence on Enlist soybeans.
“Enlist worked well again,” Hortenstine says. “I like Enlist Duo because I don’t have to worry about tank mixing. It’s convenient. The 2,4-D choline takes care of the broadleaf weeds, and the glyphosate takes care of grasses.”
The residual herbicides they applied this spring worked well. Spraying at planting, they were able to keep weeds controlled in their Enlist E3™ soybeans until time to apply Enlist Duo. “Last year, it turned dry after we applied residuals, and they didn’t work too well. I used glufosinate early postemergence to keep the weeds down until I applied Enlist Duo.”
Hortenstine says it’s important to have a clean field at harvest.
“To get maximum yield, you have to start clean and stay clean,” he says. “Cleaner fields mean less competition; less competition means more yield.”
He also says fewer weeds through the combine means fewer weed seeds in the field in coming years.
The excellent weed control and ability to keep the herbicide on target are two key benefits Hortenstine sees with the Enlist weed control system.
“Everything stayed on target,” he says. “Enlist Duo didn’t move. I sprayed it next to one of our fields with conventional soybeans, and there was no impact. Enlist Duo is super low volatility. It’s been working for us.”