Aventis Balance Pro: New liquid formulation BALANCE PRO is the new liquid formulation of Balance herbicide being introduced by Aventis Crop Science for 2001. Balance was registered in 1998 in the WDG granular formulation.

"Convenience is the reason we switched formulation for 2001," says Rob Schrick, Aventis product lead for Balance Pro. "Growers and custom applicators want speed in mixing during the busy spring season, and dispersion of the Balance Pro liquid into water or fertilizer is almost immediate."

Balance Pro has been under development for several years. This past year dozens of retailers and corn growers field-tested Balance Pro for performance and handling.

"We provided a limited volume of Balance Pro to a wide array of dealers in 2000. The reports were that the product performed exceptionally well," says Schrick.

"As a pre- herbicide, Balance Pro was able to control broadleaf weeds and grasses. It also displayed its characteristic recharge property. If the weather turned dry and broadleaf weeds and grasses started to appear, as little as one-half inch of rain recharged the herbicide to control them," Schrick says.

"Balance Pro worked in all types of weed control programs including burndown/no-till, one-pass pre-emergence, early preplant and preplant incorporated."

Balance Pro is a low-dose herbicide with typical application rates ranging from 1.5 ounces to 3.5 fluid ounces per acre. The product will be packaged in 45-fluid ounce containers for retail sales.

Aventis is working with dealers to install low-volume computerized mixing systems. Dealers that mix chemicals using computerized weighing systems and custom-apply herbicides, will be able to stock Balance Pro in 100-gallon shuttle tanks. Each shuttle has the capacity to treat 5,000 to 6,000 acres.

BASF, National Cotton Council: Two educational programs THE NATIONAL Cotton Council and BASF will continue two successful cotton industry educational programs in 2001: the Cotton Coalition Professional Development Program and the Cotton Physiology Education Program.

The announcement was made by Phil Burnett, NCC executive vice president and chief executive officer, during the 2001 Beltwide Cotton Conferences.

"The Cotton Coalition represents one of the most proactive, effective educational programs available to cotton leaders and spokespersons. Initiated several years ago by American Cyanamid, this successful program will now be continued under the sponsorship of BASF," says Burnett.

The Cotton Coalition is a special project of The Cotton Foundation, funded by a grant from BASF. The program provides professional development training that helps cotton leaders effectively communicate to lawmakers, consumers, the media and others about constantly changing issues, policies and regulations that threaten cotton industry profitability.

According to Burnett, this BASF-sponsored program helps participants better understand the regional, national and international implications of complex economic, environmental and trade issues. Cotton Coalition members receive valuable training in government affairs, media relations and presentation skills.

They also get to interact with research scientists and technical and marketing experts from one of the nation's largest suppliers of agricultural inputs.

"After completing a comprehensive training session, Cotton Coalition members continue their roles as cotton industry spokespersons. Their names are placed on the NCC action-alert list, and they are occasionally called upon to speak to legislators on behalf of the cotton industry," says Burnett.

Participants of the Cotton Coalition are selected from a list of candidates submitted by NCC field service representatives and BASF officials. Program organizers select up-and-coming industry and community leaders who support efforts of the NCC and are interested in becoming industry spokespersons.

Burnett also confirmed that BASF will continue to fund a grant to the Cotton Foundation to fund the Cotton Physiology Education Program. Now in its 12th year, the program's mission is to discover and communicate more profitable methods of producing cotton.

A key element of the program is Cotton Physiology Today, a newsletter published six times per year to discuss technical and production issues as the cotton growing season progresses.

For more information about the Cotton Coalition Professional Development Program or the Cotton Physiology Education Program, contact the NCC at 901-274-9030.

Delta and Pine Land: Two new maturity Group V soybean varieties DELTA AND PINE Land Company is introducing two new high-yielding, herbicide-resistant soybean varieties for the 2001 planting season: DP 5110 S and DP 5414 RR.

"These are excellent new varieties," said Kelly R. Whiting, soybean project manager for D&PL. "Both have high-yield potential and are herbicide-resistant. The trial results have been very positive, and we will continue extensive testing of them in our own trials and enter them in the 2001 university and county trials. Everything indicates these are outstanding varieties."

Seed supplies of both varieties will be limited for the 2001 growing season.

DP 5110 S is an early-maturing, indeterminate Group V conventional variety containing STS technology, which provides unique weed-control advantages. This variety does best when planted early and is capable of outyielding late Group IV varieties planted in April. Its tall height is a plus in early planting and clay soils, including March plantings in Texas and Louisiana. DP 5110 S will mature seven to 10 days later than late Group IV varieties.

DP 5414 RR is a mid-Group V Roundup Ready variety that is especially adapted to no-till environments. It is taller and more growthy than DP 5644 RR and matures one to two days earlier. It will be a strong competitor to other mid-Group V Roundup Ready varieties. It will be a good fit for the northern areas of the Mid-South, including Tennessee, Kentucky, Oklahoma and the Missouri Bootheel.

Highlights of the new 2001 varieties are as follows:

DP 5110 S - 5.1 maturity

- STS variety

- Indeterminate, tawny pubescence, tall height

- High top-end yields in productive environments, yet also strong in tough or dryland environments

- Broad disease tolerance, with resistance to stem canker and frogeye leaf spot

- Very good standability for a tall plant

- Excellent shatter resistance

DP 5414 RR - 5.4 maturity

- Roundup Ready variety

- Determinate, tawny pubescence, medium-tall height

- Very good choice for no-till, holds its stand very well

- Strong double-crop variety in northern areas seeking a mid-Group V

- Resistance to race 3 soybean cyst nematode, stem canker and soybean mosaic virus

Dow Glyphomax herbicides: Available in South now GLYPHOMAX PLUS herbicide and Glyphomax herbicide, formulated using a unique process from Dow AgroSciences, are now available in the Southern United States for the 2001 growing season.

Glyphomax Plus and Glyphomax are single-entity formulations of glyphosate that offer broad-spectrum broadleaf weed and grass control. Both products are registered for use on glyphosate-tolerant cotton, corn and soybeans. Glyphomax herbicide products are also labeled on citrus and more than 150 other crops.

"The unique formulation of Glyphomax Plus and Glyphomax causes less foaming action than standard glyphosate-based products, resulting in easier mixing and application," said Dennis Lane, senior product marketing manager for Dow AgroSciences. "These products allow Dow AgroSciences to provide growers with a more complete crop protection portfolio, especially for cotton, soybeans, corn and citrus crops.

"Glyphomax Plus and Glyphomax give growers a high-quality alternative to other products on the market.

"The convenience of Glyphomax Plus is an advantage for growers," Lane said. "They don't need to add a surfactant, but may add AMS as desired, and they'll be able to plant the same day as application because of the short (4 hours) restricted entry interval.

"Standard Glyphomax offers growers the flexibility of adding surfactants and other additives based on the needs of their crops. Both products give growers the ability to run their operations more efficiently."

Glyphomax Plus and Glyphomax also can be tank-mixed with defoliants to enhance leaf drop in conventional cotton, while controlling late-emerging weeds that could interfere with harvest.

In glyphosate-tolerant soybeans, both products can be tank-mixed with other herbicides such as FirstRate, Frontrow or Python WDG for residual broadleaf weed control.

For more information about Glyphomax Plus or Glyphomax, visit www.dowagro.com/coastal.

DuPont Steward insecticide: Section 3 THE U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL Protection Agency has granted Section 3 approval of DuPont Steward insecticide for control of major worm pests.

In 2000 usage under Section 18 exemptions, DuPont Steward controlled beet armyworm and tobacco budworm, while helping to protect beneficials and the cotton crop.

Steward also suppressed Lygus bugs (l. hesperus) in the Western United States.

Registration applications have been submitted to the states for review and approval.

The active ingredient in DuPont Steward, indoxacarb, is a new class of insecticide chemistry. Its unique mode of action means Steward is an effective resistance management tool.

At labeled rates, Steward can provide five to 14 days of residual protection of treated cotton, the length of protection depending on the insect present, population pressure and crop/environmental conditions.

DuPont Steward is not systemic and does not protect new growth.

"We are very pleased that the EPA has granted Section 3 registration of DuPont Steward insecticide. We know that cotton consultants and growers found this product to be effective on worm pests plus tarnished plant bug in 2000, " said Lynn Loughary, product manager for DuPont Steward.

Steward will be available for the 2001 cotton season.

As of Jan. 10, Steward had been approved for commercial sales in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

Syngenta Adage: New early weapon COTTON GROWERS have a new weapon against early-season insect pests with Adage insecticide seed treatment from Syngenta Crop Protection. The new, low-rate insecticide is highly active against thrips and aphids, two important early-season pests that can damage plants and delay development.

A member of a new sub-class of the neonicotinoids chemical family, Adage offers superior crop and environmental safety when compared to many competitive insecticides and is very compatible with the Syngenta fungicide seed treatment package of Maxim, Apron XL and Nu-Flow M.

Adage is a unique systemic seed treatment that controls cotton aphids, tobacco and western flower thrips and other pests, says Steve Russell, seed treatment crop manager for Syngenta.

Adage is absorbed and translocated throughout the plant to leaves and terminal points. When target pests feed on plant tissue containing Adage, the active ingredient is absorbed through contact and stomach activity. It blocks the receptors in the insect that transmit the message to continue eating. Feeding stops, as does plant damage.

Delayed crop development is a concern of Alabama cotton growers, says Ronald H. Smith, Extension entomologist at Auburn University. "We don't have an option here. If we plant on time, we have to control thrips. Cotton left untreated will be completely killed by thrips most seasons," he explains.

Smith has worked with Adage under cool, wet spring conditions in 1999 and under hot and dry conditions in 2000. In both situations, he reports, Adage performed very well.

"Temik in-furrow has been our only consistent protection over the years, and Adage is comparable to it and superior to other treatments reviewed," says Smith. "Our growers would like an option that doesn't require handling an additional material at planting time, and Adage gives them that."

In the past, Mid-South growers saw problems when treated seed coats were carried out of the root zone by fast-emerging plants, before the insecticide could activate. The high water solubility of Adage, combined with its tendency to bind tightly to soil particles, should prevent this from being a problem, says Gary Lentz, associate professor, entomology and plant pathology, University of Tennessee.

Dollar Cotton: Classic novel reissued LONG OUT OF PRINT, John Faulkner's novel about cotton farming in the Mississippi Delta, Dollar Cotton, has been reissued in paperback by Hill Street Press.

Although not nearly so renowned as the works of his Nobel Prize-winning brother, William, John Faulkner's novels, Men Working and Dollar Cotton, were acclaimed for their portrayals of the hardscrabble existence of many rural southerners during the Great Depression.

John Faulkner grew up in Oxford, Miss., with his brothers William, Murry, and Dean. He was a civil engineer, a self-taught painter, and an aviator, in addition to being a widely-published author. In addition to his novels, he was the author of a book about his acclaimed brother, My Brother Bill; another book about the Faulkners, Chooky; and Cabin Road.

Dollar Cotton is the story of Otis Town, a colorful character only a Faulkner could invent. A poor Tennessee farmer who leaves his home for the Mississippi Delta, where fertile land is cheap and hopes are plenty, he tears a cotton plantation out of the land and builds an empire, only to see it all wither away when the price of cotton plummets.

Refusing to accept his condition, he travels to New York to confront the president of the Stock Exchange, and tragedy ensues.

Described as "a classic tale about hard work and dreams, about the triumph and failure of man, and endurance on the land," the reissuance of John Faulkner's Dollar Cotton will offer a new generation of readers a look at this particular slice of Southern life.

(Publisher's price is $14.95. Hill Street Press, 191 E. Broad St., Suite 209, Athens Ga. 30601; www.hillstreetpress.com

Aventis LibertyLink corn: Approved for feed, food AVENTIS CROPSCIENCE says all corn containing the company's LibertyLink gene is approved for feed and food use both in the United States and in the country's major export markets. Aventis' statement comes in the wake of recent announcements from two seed companies to postpone the introduction of eight corn hybrids that contain a combination of the LibertyLink gene and the YieldGard Bt gene.

The seed companies - Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., and Cargill Hybrid Seeds - have withdrawn plans to market the seed for the 2001 season because the European Union has not yet approved the eight LibertyLink/Bt hybrids for import into its member countries.

"In 2001, growers can plant any LibertyLink hybrid offered for sale and be certain the grain produced is fully approved for feed and food use by all of our major export partners," said Don McAghon, seed account manager for Aventis.

"By postponing their introduction of these eight hybrids, Pioneer and Cargill have reduced a great deal of the confusion surrounding the marketing of LibertyLink grain," he said.

Like all other major U.S. corn export partners, the EU has fully approved LibertyLink corn hybrids and YieldGard corn hybrids separately. The EU, however, requires an additional registration for hybrid corn made from one parent line that contains the LibertyLink gene and another parent line that contains the YieldGard gene.

By contrast, the EU has approved all Novartis NK brand LibertyLink/YieldGard hybrids for import because the two traits are joined together in the same genetically enhanced parent line.

Pioneer and Cargill will continue to market their already approved LibertyLink-only and YieldGard-only hybrids.

The LibertyLink gene confers resistance in corn to Liberty herbicide, a tool growers throughout the United States depend on to control more than 100 tough broadleaf and grass weeds.

For more information about LibertyLink corn, go to www.cornexperts.com or call 888-283-6847.

Syngenta Quadris fungicide: New labels THE ENVIRONMENTAL Protection Agency has approved new labels for the use of Quadris fungicide on soybeans, cotton, and some vegetable crops, and for in-furrow and banded applications to control soilborne diseases. Quadris, manufactured by Syngenta, has previously been registered for controlling major fungal diseases in rice, wheat, cucurbits, tomatoes, canola and potatoes as a foliar spray.

"Quadris provides powerful control of a broad spectrum of diseases, resulting in healthy, high-quality crops," said Jim Frank, fungicides technical brand manager for Syngenta. He emphasized that Quadris should be applied prior to disease development for optimum control.

In soybeans, Quadris should be used for foliar application at a rate of 6.2 ounces to 15.4 ounces per acre for control of aerial blight, and 12.3 ounces to 15.4 ounces per acre for control of anthracnose, altemaria leaf spot, brown spot, cercospora blight and leaf spot, pod and stem blight, and Southern blight.

The higher rates should be used under conditions favorable for severe disease pressure, dense plant canopies, or when susceptible varieties are planted.

No more than two applications of Quadris should be made per growing season.

Quadris can be applied in-furrow in cotton to control rhizoctonia seedling blight and pythium seedling blight. Syngenta recommends applying Quadris at a rate of 0.4 ounce to 0.6 ounce per 1,000 feet of row. The higher rate should be used when weather conditions are conducive to disease development, if the field has a history of disease problems, or if minimum or low-till programs are in place.

Only one such application of Quadris may be made per use season.

Quadris has a signal word of "caution" and a re-entry interval of four hours. It can be applied by ground, air or chemigation, and can be tank-mixed with most fungicides and insecticides.

An adjuvant may be added at recommended rates to improve coverage. Use caution with regard to adjuvants and tank-mixes when treating spinach and lettuce.

Quadris is an excellent fit in fungicide resistance management programs. "The active ingredient of Quadris, azoxystrobin, belongs to a new class of chemistry called strobilurins that offers a unique mode of action for controlling fungal diseases," explained Frank. "Quadris can be easily integrated into treatment programs with Bravo and other fungicides that have a different mode of action."

The product label offers specific resistance management strategies for each crop.