When it comes to weed control, Missouri farmer Shane Baxter is getting just what he wanted out of the Enlist™ weed control system. When it comes to rainfall, he’s not getting what he needs.
“It’s been extremely dry,” Baxter says. “I haven’t had to mow the yard for six weeks.”
The prolonged drought has burned corn in the area to a crisp. Soybeans are struggling and need some significant rains to pull through. It’s not been the best growing season for the Baxter farm by a long shot.
Despite the difficult summer, Baxter is happy with the performance of Enlist One® herbicide. Baxter, who farms with his father, Danny, is growing Enlist E3® soybeans for seed production this year.
“The herbicide worked great,” he says. “As far as weeds go, our soybeans are as clean as they’ve been in a long time.”
The dry conditions tested Enlist One. Growth regulators have to work overtime to take down stubborn, slow-growing weeds. But Baxter says the application eventually took care of their waterhemp and marestail issues.
In addition, he says the crop tolerated the application of Enlist One very well. The soybeans turned a lighter shade for a day and then returned to normal and kept on growing.
When asked if he had any concerns about drift or movement, Baxter says he’s always mindful of the potential for pesticide movement. “We didn’t see any of that with Enlist One,” he reports.
“I tank-mixed Enlist One with Roundup WeatherMax, but I do like the idea of tank-mixing a residual herbicide with the first postemergence application,” Baxter says. “The next time I plant Enlist E3 soybeans, I plan to try Enlist Duo herbicide to take advantage of the convenience, the ease of use.”
Overall, the Enlist weed control system has made a positive impression. “I would plant Enlist soybeans again,” he says. “I really like the product.”
Shane Baxter’s initial reaction after spraying Enlist One® herbicide was that it stayed on target and began working on weeds quickly.
“Enlist One does a good job on weeds,” Baxter says. “They were drooping within an hour or so of application.”
Baxter and his father, Danny, are growing 200 acres of Enlist E3® soybeans for seed production on his Chillicothe, Missouri, farm. He’s looking at the Enlist™ weed control system as a way to handle glyphosate-resistant weeds, such as waterhemp and marestail.
“Waterhemp can cause problems even if you’re starting out with a clean field,” Baxter says. “Enlist One herbicide allowed us to tank-mix a residual to provide better control of waterhemp.”
He says Enlist One stayed on target during and after application. “I haven’t noticed any drift even on the field edges,” he adds.
Baxter reports he entered this year with relatively clean fields after applying herbicide last fall. About half his acres include a ryegrass cover crop, which helped limit broadleaf weed emergence this spring.
“We’re using more no-till production along with cover crops to help with weed control,” he says. “That plus Enlist One herbicide and a residual seem to be doing a good job holding down our most difficult weeds.”
Unlike many areas of the Midwest, the Baxters were able to plant into fairly dry soils this spring. Unfortunately, they could use some rain now. He’s keeping a close eye on his Enlist E3 soybean acres to gauge when another postemergence application may be effective.