On the zero tolerance program’s success…

“Over a period of years, we could get up to 99 percent control.

“When I implemented the program there was still some hoe labor involved. In fact, this field had 110 hours of hoe labor.  

“After using the zero tolerance program, hoe labor was under five hours total. That difference in chopping crews is significant.

“I’m very interested to see what the soil samples show in 2012.”

On future plans for his acreage…

“This year, I’ve got the program working across all 3,400 acres of cotton. You can really tell there’s a difference – night and day compared to (2010).  

“Here’s what we’ve been using in the program. For burndown: 1.5 pints of Roundup and 1 pint of Gramoxone. We incorporate Treflan at 1.5 pints. One pint of Reflex goes on top of the beds. Behind the planter, we put out 1.5 pints of Cotoran broadcast.  Over the top, we use 2.3 pints of Warrant and 1.5 pints of Roundup. We also use 2.5 pints of Sequence over the top.

“Under the new 915 hooded sprayers, we used 40 ounces of Gramoxone and a quart of Prefix. With the hoods, we can put out two applications. Under the cotton, we sprayed 1.5 pints of MSMA and 1 pint of Diuron.

“So, that’s a lot of different chemistries and mixtures. The key is to keep overlapping residuals. You can’t let one run out and expect to have very good control of the pigweeds.

“There is the possibility of escapes going from one year to the next. But by using this program, we’ve seen a 90 percent reduction in pigweed seed in the soil.

“The program cost me $78 per acre. With rebates, the price could drop down to the mid-$50s.”

On how Hindsley’s 2011 cotton crop has done…

“Luckily, our cotton ground is high and the floods didn’t affect us. The cotton was planted a couple of weeks later than usual but it got off to a good start.

“Right now, we’re in the middle of bloom. The crop looks really good and is canopied. We just need a timely rain. That would go a long way and save a lot of fuel for us since we’re steadily watering.

“Plant bug numbers have been up. We’ve sprayed quite a bit for those due to a lot of corn being grown in the area.

“Overall, though, the crop looks good and I’m very optimistic.”