Challenging agronomic and economic conditions are becoming the norm for northern Plains wheat growers, and there’s talk of tight supplies continuing this year for some inputs.
On the other hand, winter wheat prices are trending above five-year averages. Some of this upswing is at least partly due to extended drought in 2020-21 that hurt wheat production in much of the United States.
The threat of drought continues to loom over this year’s winter wheat crop. In January, the USDA reported that 69% of the U.S. winter wheat production areas were experiencing drought conditions.
“Montana, southwest North Dakota and western South Dakota are dry. We have more soil moisture than in 2021, but little snow cover. We are looking west for needed rain and soil moisture,” says Chad Brusseau, North Dakota territory manager, Corteva Agriscience. “Other parts of the wheat-growing areas in the northern Plains are experiencing good snow cover this winter.”
In the U.S., winter wheat acreage is up 2% over the previous year and is at its highest level since 2016-17, according to USDA estimates.
“We are not expecting large acreage shifts away from wheat in my area,” Brusseau says. “Most cereal producers are in a crop rotation already and will maintain their wheat acreage, plus or minus 5% of normal planting intentions.”
Potential shortages of crop protection products, such as glyphosate, are compounding stress for operating budgets already burdened by continued drought and high fertilizer prices. That means 2022 will likely require both intensive management and advanced planning to ensure continued profitability.
The first step is communicating early and often with your retailer.
“The days of coming in and buying product from retailers the day you spray have passed,” Brusseau says. “Today, you need to have your planting intentions in order well in advance and have plans A, B and C to meet your crop protection needs in a changing supply environment.”
Surviving 2022 also will require implementing a comprehensive nutrient management plan to help mitigate record high fertilizer prices and looking past glyphosate for other weed control options.
“At Corteva Agriscience, we are in the position to help with tough weed control decisions because we’ve got a deep portfolio of products in the cereals market,” Brusseau says. “Our products are trusted by the grower for their proven efficacy.”
The cereal herbicide portfolio from Corteva Agriscience offers a broad range of superior weed control solutions to protect crop quality and maximize yield while implementing best management practices to reduce herbicide resistance.
For example, do you need to control broadleaf weeds, including wild buckwheat, kochia, marestail, redroot pigweed, henbit and common lambsquarters? Pixxaro® EC herbicide offers two leading active ingredients: Arylex® active and an elevated load of fluroxypyr.
Rezuvant® herbicide is a new postemergence herbicide with three powerful active ingredients: pinoxaden, fluroxypyr and Arylex active. Rezuvant provides consistent control of your toughest weeds, including kochia, marestail and common ragweed, as well as grasses, such as Italian ryegrass, foxtail and wild oats, including Group 2-resistant biotypes.
Tarzec® herbicide targets postemergence grass and broadleaf weeds, such as marestail, Italian ryegrass, downy brome and wild oats, with active ingredients pyroxsulam and Arylex active. Tarzec also delivers improved crop rotation flexibility, excellent crop safety and a flexible application window.
WideARmatch® herbicide is the next generation of cereal weed control, elevating control of 66 postemergence broadleaf weeds. WideARmatch combines two industry-leading actives — fluroxypyr and clopyralid — with Arylex active for elevated control of high-anxiety broadleaf weeds in wheat, barley and triticale.
The combination of three active ingredients in one straightforward solution means key weeds — such as kochia, marestail, Canada thistle, pigweed, lambsquarters and wild buckwheat — won’t compete with your crop for valuable nutrients and soil moisture.
Visit CerealHerbicides.corteva.us to discover which cereal herbicide hits the mark for your unique cereal farming operation.
Pixxaro® EC, Rezuvant®, Tarzec® and WideARmatch® are not registered for sale or use in all states. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. Arylex® is a registered active ingredient. Always read and follow label directions.
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