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Syngenta to sell soybeans by seed count
Syngenta Seeds, Inc. will begin selling soybean seed in EZ-Count 140,000 seed units for the 2010 planting season. By selling soybeans in EZ-Count 140,000 seed units rather than 50-pound units, Syngenta provides growers with a more accurate way to order seed and aligns with grower interest in precision planting. EZ-Count eliminates concern over seed size and weight variation and allows growers to select varieties based on agronomic characteristics that are best for their farm, rather than the size of the seed.

“The new method provides growers with accuracy, uniform pricing and assurance that they are purchasing the correct amount of seed,” says Syngenta’s Gene Kassmeyer. “There is simply no more guesswork involved.”

The weight of EZ-Count 140,000 seed units will vary; however, the number of seeds in each unit will always equal 140,000. EZ-Count units will be sold only in paper bags, bulk bags and Q-Bit Boxes in 2010, but will be offered in all package types for 2011 planting. EZ-Count soybeans are available in February 2010 for all new NK Soybean varieties, including the Aphid Management System. The full NK Soybean portfolio will be sold as EZ-Count in 2011. Contact your Garst Seed Advisor, Golden Harvest Dealer or NK Seeds Retailer.

DuPont offers spring weed control tips for soybeans and corn
Many soybean and corn growers are struggling to control weeds using glyphosate alone. Below are a few tips from DuPont that growers should keep in mind for this upcoming spring planting season.

For soybeans:

• Proactively address these issues by using a burndown plus residual product pre or at planting.

• An early pre-plant burndown application with residual activity will help spread out the spring workload. Applying soybean herbicides early allows a grower or retailer to concentrate on corn activities when it is time.

For corn:

• Proactively address any known weed resistance issues with an early pre-plant burndown application followed by a postemergence application.

• When using crop protection products for pre-plant (burndown) weed control, consider using a herbicide that has multiple “modes of action.”

• Spray weeds when they are small and actively growing for best results, observing label recommendations/guidelines.

• Consider using a herbicide with burndown plus residual activity that will give growers longer-lasting control of tough to manage weeds. Residual herbicides help minimize weed regrowth, enabling your crop to get started in a better seedbed.

For more information about Envive herbicide for soybeans, visit

Variable rate irrigation controls
Valley Irrigation announces a new agreement with Computronics Holdings Ltd., manufacturer of the patented Farmscan Variable Rate Irrigation technology. This agreement allows for the development and distribution of variable rate irrigation (VRI) controls through over 460 Valley dealers worldwide, thus providing the latest technology in precision irrigation with center pivots.

“This technology allows farmers to control how much water, fertilizer and other products are applied to areas as small as one square meter,” says Jake LaRue, Valley product manager. “With VRI, producers can make sure the pivot automatically shuts off different zones as it goes over a drainage ditch and automatically turns back on when it reaches the crop.”

The second benefit of VRI allows producers to apply different amounts of water and crop inputs on a site-specific basis. Rick Heard, president and founder, Advanced Ag Systems, Inc., has been working with Computronics Holdings Ltd. and the University of Georgia in varying capacities for more than eight years to make Farmscan VRI controls available to a broad producer market.

“Not only do the different soil types require varying amounts of water and fertilizer, but so do different seed populations,” Heard says. “VRI allows producers to match the water and fertilizer application with varying soil and seed within the same field. It comes down to not wasting water.”

Farmscan VRI products are compatible with all Valley control panels. For more information, visit

Tankmix application?
Now there is a free App for that

DuPont Crop Pro-tection announces an innovative application to help customers – a “TankMix App,” created for iPhone and iTouch users.

The TankMix App provides basic math calculations for the amount of product and water needed per tank or area and calculating spray volumes. A link to the DuPont Crop Protection Web site guides users to specific production information and usage guidance.

The TankMix App is now available through Apple’s App Store, where it is free to download on any Apple iTouch or iPhone.

A simple Web search for Crop Protection, DuPont or Agriculture will give producers access to the free calculator.

Arkansas soybean yield challenge

Pointer Hall Farms of Marvell won the 2009 Arkansas Soybean Association Yield Challenge. Pointer Hall Farms won with 87.6 bushels per acre.

The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service assisted in the contest. Pointer Hall won a $1,000 check from Cullum Seeds, L.L.C.

Gregory Baltz of Pocahontas finished second with 80 bushels, and Paul Bingham of Trumann took third with a 77.5-bushel yield. Baltz won a case of Headline fungicide.

Pointer Hall Farms planted Asgrow 4703 seed on April 24 using a seeding rate of 130,000 seeds per acre on 15-inch beds. They furrow irrigated five times and made one application each of Quadris and Mustang.

Baltz planted Armor 47-F8 on May 19 on sandy loam soil behind corn with a seeding rate of 175,000 seeds per acre using conventional tillage. He furrow irrigated three times. Bingham planted Pioneer 94Y70 on April 25. He planted 130,000 seeds per acre on twin-row 38-inch beds. He used multiple fungicide applications.

For information about the contest, contact your county Extension agent or the Arkansas Soybean Association. TCooperative Extension Service is part of the U of A Division of Agriculture.