First Experience With Enlist™ Corn Won’t Be Nebraska Farmer’s Last
For Todd Lay, the decision about whether to continue using Mycogen® hybrids with the Enlist™ trait has already been made. The performance of Enlist Duo® herbicide this summer has convinced him to try the technology again.
“The weed control was excellent,” Lay says. “We controlled our Palmer amaranth and waterhemp.”
Lay, of Glenvil, Nebraska, started out with Resicore® corn herbicide, which offers residual activity. He followed postemergence with Enlist Duo® herbicide and says he didn’t have to use anything else this year.
“We've had some isolated areas with weed issues,” he reports. “This year it’s clean. There are no weeds there.”
It’s been a good year for corn and soybean yield for Lay. His corn is coming in about 10-15 bushels above average with about 80 percent harvested. He says the Enlist™ hybrids are yielding as good as or better than his other hybrids.
Just as important, he says Enlist Duo stayed on target during application and didn’t volatilize afterward.
“It wasn’t that hard to find time to spray according to the label direction,” Lay says. “We didn’t see any drift. We sprayed some near a neighbor’s conventional soybeans and some near our own soybeans. We saw no issues with ours and had no complaints from the neighbor.”
Some of his irrigation pivots are half corn, half soybeans. Even conventional soybeans right next to Enlist™ hybrids were unaffected.
“Enlist Duo doesn’t seem to have the volatility we have with other products,” Lay says. “Tank cleanout is easy, too. We just triple rinse, which is what we always do.”
Lay’s experience has convinced him the Enlist™ weed control system has a place on his farm.
“I’ve already ordered more Enlist corn for next year,” he says. “Some people around here planted it so they could use DuPont Assure II herbicide to control volunteer corn.”
He talks with other area farmers and will tell them about Enlist herbicide use in his fields. His message: “It works. It doesn’t drift. It’s as simple as that.”