HSC Intern

Hello everyone! This week has turned into an Enlist week!

Monday we put signs up in our plots! Go check them out if you've driven past any! It wasn't the coolest week to do it, but after the third try of getting them in the right places they're in!

On Tuesday, Dustin, Michael, and I drove over to Holden, Missouri to attend an Enlist field day. Enlist is one of Corteva's newest technologies on the market! Enlist is approved for use in Corn, Cotton, and Soybeans. One of the things we were shown in Missouri was a scenario where there was some tank contamination. Using Enlist on Roundup Ready soybeans there was little to no damage with 50, 10, and 5 gallons left in a 1,000 gallon tank when looking at the level of sensitivity to Enlist.

In turn, when they did the same test with Engenia there was damage every time. With this trial they were able to show us that using Enlist is generally safer when you're going to be spraying from field to field as well as the high importance of tank cleanout.

Another major issue that many deal with is drifting. With their new Colex-D technology we've noticed that drifting is much less of a concern than in years past. The new technology is specifically formulated to keep the droplet sizes the same but reduce those small fines (and keep them on target) so you don't kill grandma's garden--or mine! We have created our own trial locally to better understand how this technology works. There is a field full of Liberty beans with a section of Enlist down the middle. We were able to go out and spray this field on Wednesday, by the next afternoon we were already seeing some of our weeds curling and bending over at the tops, while the weeds in the liberty beans were not doing too much. As far as drifting, we again are only seeing 1-2 rows of damage down wind of the beans. I'll have more pictures for you all next week to show the progression of this project! 

There's still so much to be learned from Enlist since it's new to our market. However, I think it's safe to say that we're impressed so far and excited about what the future brings us with this product! 

Our Garden is still looking great! I've noticed quite a few people have been coming out to pick things which is great! All the kids except one should have their tubs by now. Also, make sure they're out there watering and taking care of them!


Lessons of the week:

Don't turn and go off the side of the road, even if you're sure there isn't a ditch down there... On the bright side it took me 9 weeks to get myself stuck and have to call for help! 

When I was younger I think I took for granted all the relationships my dad had exposed us to. Those relationships with his coworkers turned out to be a huge blessing this summer. Having that immediate connection to some of the people I've known for over 10 years has been very helpful in my entire summer experience. 


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