Summer in the Mississippi Delta means heat, humidity and cotton and soybean fields stretching out in long rows. For Jeremy Jack, this is home.
Jack’s family has formed a thriving business with Silent Shade Planting Company. With the help of about 25 employees, they grow cotton, corn, soybeans and rice.
“We’re all working together to feed and clothe people, and that’s very important,” Jack says. “Also, we get to work with family and instill our work ethic in the next generation. We help them know where food and clothes come from. You don’t get to do all that in some industries.”
Jack continues to look for ways to improve.
“We want to pass the farm along to the next generation better than it was before,” Jack says. “The farm is something that goes beyond this generation.”
A way to ensure the farm continues is to use the latest technology, including the Enlist™ weed control system. Jack grew Enlist cotton for the third year and added Enlist E3™ soybeans for the first time this year.
Weed control is extremely important to Jack and is one reason he used the Enlist system. Heavy weed pressure made it difficult to farm some fields. Palmer pigweed is the No. 1 issue because it grows quickly. According to the University of Illinois, one plant can produce several hundred thousand to a million seeds.
“One Palmer pigweed plant is one too many to miss,” Jack says. “We can lose so much yield if we can’t control the weeds. Once we start losing yield, we lose the ability to feed and clothe the world. We can’t afford to lose fields to weeds.”
By making Enlist herbicides a cornerstone of his weed control program, Jack says they can control the tough weeds. They employ multiple herbicide modes of action to manage weeds and sustain new technologies. He starts by applying two residuals even before the crops are planted. After planting, he overlays a residual herbicide followed by an application of Enlist One® plus glufosinate.
Jack likes the flexibility of the Enlist system. It gives him weed control options later in the season. On the second postemergence pass, he likes to use a tank mix of Enlist One and glyphosate
. He can then go into a layby application with clean fields.
“We’re very excited about the Enlist technology,” Jack says. “We get amazing weed control with the Enlist system. When we spray Enlist One, we have confidence the product isn’t going to move around. It’s not going to come up later and go onto someone else’s ground.”
Following the label requirements is a priority. Before spraying any Enlist™ technology, all Silent Shade applicators must receive their private pesticide applicators licenses and attend auxin training.
“We have stopped spraying because the wind reached 12 MPH,” Jack says of his applicators observing the maximum wind speed regulation in the state. “We make sure our employees have all the tools they need. Education and communication are key to weed control and a successful application.”
Jack flags all the fields and communicates with his neighbors who have sweet potatoes and cotton without the Enlist trait nearby. He tells them when he will make herbicide applications.
Compared with other herbicide-tolerant systems, Jack says applying Enlist herbicides is very easy.
“We can spray all day with Enlist herbicides,” Jack says. “But there’s a shortened window with dicamba.”
Exceptional weed control and herbicides that stay on-target make the Enlist system stand out for Jack.
“I’d like to see more adoption of Enlist E3 soybeans,” Jack says. “We hope to get more people on the Enlist platform and help lower drift in this area.”
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