Lynnet Talcott farms near Bennet, Nebraska, with her husband, Norris; her son, Garret; and her daughter-in-law, Morgan. Her daughter, Victoria Broders, and son-in-law, Andrew Broders, farm nearby and also help with the Talcott operation. In addition to a corn-soybean rotation, the Talcotts grow alfalfa for their cow/calf operation. They were ready to try the Enlist™ weed control system to see the performance of Enlist Duo® herbicide with 2,4-D choline on Enlist E3™ soybeans.
No-till and some light tillage, nonirrigated
The Norris and Lynnet Talcott operation near Bennet, Nebraska, is a family farm in the true sense of the word. Like Norris, Lynnet is heavily involved in field work. Their son, Garret, and his wife, Morgan, also work on the farm. It’s all Lynnet ever dreamed about.
“I grew up on a farm,” she says. “I loved going out and helping Dad. There was nothing better than helping run the combine. By the time I got to high school, I knew I wanted to marry somebody who loved farming as much as I do.”
Norris grew up on a farm, too. He also knew farming was the life for him. In fact, he bought the first acres that now make up part of their operation when he was only 14 years old.
“There’s no better life for raising kids,” Lynnet says. “You can teach them so much. We wanted them to love the farm like we do.”
Apparently, they do. Not only are Garret and Morgan part of the family farm, their daughter, Victoria, and her husband, Andrew Broders, farm nearby and also help out on the Talcott operation.
“I’m out there in the field,” Lynnet says. “I run the combine and tractors. We’re all involved day to day.”
Working on challenging weeds
Lynnet acknowledges farming is a challenging life. It can be an emotional roller coaster. Land values, input costs, commodity prices and Mother Nature … then there’s always weed pressure.
“We wanted to try Enlist E3 soybeans because we like the weed control of traditional 2,4-D we used in the past,” Lynnet says. “We have waterhemp issues, and it always cleared them up.”
The Talcotts planted 200 units of Enlist E3™ soybeans this spring. One thing they know now: Enlist Duo® herbicide handles their waterhemp problems as well as increasingly difficult marestail and the usual velvetleaf issues.
Because their standard preemergence mix hadn’t worked in recent years, they switched this year to a program that featured a flumioxazin, pyroxasulfone and metribuzin pre-mix product. “We got great early control, but all the rain was causing us to lose residual effectiveness,” she says. “Marestail and waterhemp were really starting to grow.”
Regaining control over weeds
Weather prevented them from getting their application of Enlist Duo down until late June.
“It was one of our hotter days,” she notes. “By the time Norris finished spraying, he noticed the weeds were starting to wilt. Within a week, they were gone. It worked quickly.”
Not only did Enlist Duo take down their tough weeds, it did so without touching nearby wildflowers. Their field of Enlist E3 soybeans is on Highway 2, near their house.
“The volatility was so low it didn’t kill the flowers right next to the field,” Lynnet says. “Other herbicides in this area can move with the heat. Volatility can be an issue. Enlist Duo worked so much better.
“I like Enlist,” she adds. “You can be friends with your neighbors because you won’t damage their crops.”
Welcome to the family
The combination of weed control and on-target application was just what the doctor ordered.
“We were impressed,” Lynnet reports. “If the yield is good, we’ll go all Enlist E3 soybeans next year. We’ve seen excellent weed control. It wasn’t terribly expensive: We used Corteva Cash to bring the price down.”
What would she tell other farmers about the Enlist™ weed control system?
“I would recommend it,” she states. “As far as weed control, it’s a 10. The field is clean as it can be. It’s what we were looking for.”