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Mild temperatures and adequate rainfall have set the stage for a flush of weed growth in fields across the Dairyland Seed footprint. Making note of problem fields as the combine rolls and recalling fields with a history of weed issues can aid in the decision of whether or not to make a herbicide application this fall.

Early control of fall germinating, winter annuals such as Marestail, Field Pennycress, Chickweed and others can allow for a clean start to weed control in the spring especially in no-till systems. Winter annuals can be heartier if allowed to overwinter which can make them more difficult to control in the spring.

Considerations for fall burndown applications.

  • Common herbicides used are dicamba, 2-4,D or a combination of these two products. Common names for combination products are WeedMaster and Brash, among others. Follow label recommendations on rates and adjuvant for these products.
  • Temperature ranges to keep in mind for application. Control is best achieved when daytime temperatures are 50 degrees F or greater and nighttime temperatures are 40 degrees F or greater.
  • The addition of Glyphosate to a fall burndown mix is not necessary unless perennial weeds are present. In most cases, grass weeds that are present will winter kill.
  • In fields with past weed issues, a residual herbicide can be used this fall to aid in keeping those fields cleaner longer next spring. There are several options for fall residuals.  Be sure to consult the label for plant back restrictions for possible spring crops. 

If you have questions on specific products or weed identification, contact your Dairyland Seed DSM or Regional Agronomist.


Our on-farm trials provide local confidence and allow us to continuously learn about product performance and placement. Data is still coming in, but we have already started the initial breakdown. In addition to stellar performance on the farm and in third party trials, our on-farm trials are having a banner year! Thank you to everyone who puts in a little extra time and hard work to plant and harvest one or more of these locations. Here is some “fun with numbers” to this point in time:


  • Corn plots: 235 out of 390 locations have been harvested and recorded in the database
  • Soybean plots: 109 out of 206 locations have been harvested and recorded in the database


    • Yield leaders: DSR-1450E™, DSR-1290E™, DSR-2640E™, DSR-3256E™
    • Steady performers across environments: DSR-3146E™, DSR-0920E™, DSR-2112E™, DSR-3177E™
    • Highest yielding single soybean plot: DSR-3738E™: 99.6 bu/ac in Poneto, IN
    • Highest yielding soybean location: Poneto, IN averaged 94.3 bu/ac
    • Best state average: Indiana: 68.3 bu/ac
    • Best planting dates:
      • 7 bu/a advantage for plots planted before May 6th
      • 3.5 bu/a advantage for plots planted between May 10th and May 24th


      • Yield leaders: DS-4510Q™, DS-4014Q™, DS-4878Q™, DS-3959Q™, DS-4018AMXT™
      • Steady performers across environments: DS-3750AM™, DS-4318AMXT™, DS-5323AM™, DS-4840AM™
      • Highest yielding single corn plot: DS-4014Q™: 306.4 bu/ac in Lena, IL
      • Highest yielding corn location: Lena, IL averaged 278.0 bu/ac
      • Best state average: Indiana: 246.5 bu/ac
      • Tillage: conventional tilled plots have an 8 bu/ac boost over no-till and minimum till plots
      • Corn on corn plots are yielding within 0.5 bu/ac of rotated plots

Stay tuned for further information in the coming months. Contact your local dealer of district sales manager for local results.


This week the United States of America observes Veterans Day. Each year on November 11 we honor those who served and are serving our great nation. Words can’t express the gratitude we at Dairyland Seed have for these selfless individuals. The sacrifices they have made during their service most certainly are deserving of our honor and reverence.

According to Military.com, in 1918 Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day marking the end of World War 1 on the “11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month”. In 1954 it was changed to what we all know as Veterans Day.  On this day we honor all veterans, which is why there is not the “possessive” apostrophe instead plural form.  It is not a day belonging to Veterans, but a day honoring all Veterans. The Dairyland Seed Agronomy team is very privileged and proud to have two veterans on staff:  Mark Gibson and Rod Moran. For further information on Veterans Day, please reference https://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetday_faq.asp

Those we wish to recognize within the Dairyland Seed Family for their service and sacrifice:

With our utmost sympathy, we remember Marine Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez (whose father works at the Dairyland Seed Wabash, IN warehouse) who lost his life in service to our country this year during the Afghanistan withdrawal in August. Please remember his family on this day and in the future. 

Rod Moran E4 served in the US Army from 1984-88 as a combat engineer.  He was located at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, and attached to the Force Command Center. 

Corporal Mark Gibson served with the Marine corps from 2005–09 as a combat engineer as well. He was stationed in Camp Lejune, NC and eventually deployed to Afghanistan for eight months in a route clearance platoon.

Don Erwin, Central Region DSM, served in the Army and National Guard from 1972-80.  Don also reminds us, “Let’s not forget the families who endured the stresses of loved ones being deployed”.

Take time not just on November 11, but frequently throughout the year to appreciate those who have helped protect and preserve this place we call The United States of America! God Bless America!


You can be a member of Dairyland Seed’s Elite Producer Club by submitting photos or testimonials of high performing products!  Simply test a picture or testimonial of your high performing products to 913-DS-YIELD or 913-379-4353. The program runs from August 15 through December 1, 2021.

Participants will receive a free Dairyland Seed t-shirt (one per entry) and “Elite Yield Club” Certificate. All corn grain, corn silage and soybean products are eligible.

Qualifying products for “Elite Yield” Contest (one winner per family, per region, prize is 3 free units of product that was entered):

Region 1 = DS-3366 family; DS-3550 family; DS-4018 family

Region 2 = DS-3550 family; DS-4018 family; DS-4878 family; DS-5144Q

Region 3 = DS-4310 family; DS-4878 family; DS-5144Q

Region 4 = DS-3366 family; DS-3550 family; DS-4014Q; DS-4310 family

Information required in text: Participant; Location; Product; Yield in Bushels or Tons; T-Shirt Size; DSM; Mailing address if different than participant.


Fall harvest kicks off the annual Dairyland Seed Corn, Silage and Soybean Yieldmaster Contest. Take a moment to enter your outstanding yields and you just might be our 2021 winner!

Seed Credits for Winners

  • The National Corn, Soybean and Silage Yieldmasters will each receive a $2500 seed credit.
  • First Place Corn, Silage and Soybean winners from each zone receive a $1000 seed credit.
  • Second Place Corn, Silage and Soybean winners from each zone receive a $500 seed credit.

Entries can be submitted online at www.dairylandseed.com or via your DSM who can submit your entry using the iPad app. Corn and Soybean entries are due December 3, 2021.

Brian Weller Dan Ritter Branden Furseth Mark Gibson Amanda Goffnett
Brian Weller
Western Region
Dan Ritter
Central Region
Branden Furseth
Northern Region
Mark Gibson
Eastern Region
Amanda Goffnett
Eastern Region
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