The growing season started out much better in 2020 than in 2019 for Lynnet Talcott and her husband, Norris. They could plant crops on time on their southeast Nebraska farm. Through June, the weather was cooperating.
“Weather for planting was so much better this year,” Talcott says. “We got some good rains and then a warm spell in early June. The crops are a little shorter than usual, but they’re doing well.”
The Talcotts planted Enlist E3® soybeans again this year because of the success they had in 2019. They use a program approach that includes a preemergence application of a pyroxasulfone product for residual control. Talcott says they plan to follow soon with an application of Enlist Duo® herbicide.
“The residual has been keeping weeds down,” she says. “We’ve had a lot of rain since planting, so some weeds are starting to pop up. But Enlist Duo will easily take care of them.”
She’s confident in Enlist Duo because of their experience in 2019.
“We tried it last year and were pleased with it,” Talcott says. “We knew we’d plant all Enlist E3 soybeans this year. We knew Enlist Duo would be a stable product, but since Enlist was new to us last year, we watched it closely. There was no drift or volatility. We were very impressed. We’re still watching closely, but we don’t have any concerns about off-target movement.”
One thing the Talcotts are doing this year is putting up Enlist E3 field signs. Part of this is their pride in those soybeans, but it’s also a way to remind neighbors what’s planted in those fields.
“We’ve had some dicamba spraying in our area, so we just want neighbors to know we have Enlist beans so they’ll be careful,” Talcott says. “We may see more dicamba application through July.”
Talcott reports several area growers have switched to Enlist E3 soybeans for 2020. She says Norris and their son, Garret, went to a meeting in Syracuse, which is roughly 20 miles east of the Talcott farm in Bennet, Nebraska.
“They asked attendees how many planted Enlist soybeans, and half the people present raised their hands,” Talcott says.
While the Talcotts are comfortable with Enlist Duo® as their postemergence treatment, they have an eye on Enlist One® herbicide because of tank-mixing options.
“I can see value in tank-mixing Enlist One with Liberty herbicide,” Talcott says. “It’s always good to have alternatives. Every year is different. Weed pressure is different. Spray timing can be different. The more options the better.”
Talcott also says she feels the resources for farmers using the Enlist™ system are valuable.
“We have more information on what products to use with Enlist herbicides,” she says. “The product use guide is giving us more answers to questions we have. The technology is still so new. We’re learning about it and about which Enlist E3 varieties will work best in our area. So far, we’re very excited.”
Like many farmers this year, Norris and Lynnet Talcott of Bennet, Nebraska, worried about how the 2019 harvest would go. In the end, it went well enough despite a little snow.
“We got done earlier than last year,” Lynnet says. “In our area, soybeans planted near the usual planting date yielded OK, but those planted slightly later actually yielded a little better for the most part.”
The Talcotts planted Enlist E3® soybeans last spring and were expecting weed control and anticipating solid yields. The Enlist E3 beans delivered.
“The Enlist yields were as good as or better than other herbicide technologies in this area, but the weed control with Enlist was so much better,” Lynnet says. “We got solid control of waterhemp and marestail with Enlist Duo herbicide.”
Enlist Duo® is a proprietary combination of 2,4-D choline and glyphosate, providing two separate sites of action. Enlist E3 soybeans also are tolerant to glufosinate (Liberty® herbicide), which gives farmers the ability to add a third postemergence site of action.
“It’s good to have access to different modes of action,” Lynnet says. “They are desperately needed.”
She says the varieties they planted were a shorter-stature plant, but they put on plenty of closely spaced pods. Yields were equal to other varieties in the area.
“The Enlist E3 beans looked beautiful and clean,” she says. “We were really happy. We’ll plant all Enlist E3 soybeans next spring.”
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.”
No-till and some light tillage, nonirrigated