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Plan to win with IP soybeans
If you are considering growing Identity Preserved (IP) soybeans this spring, there are a few factors to keep in mind. Choosing the right variety and keeping your beans clean from start to finish can make all the difference. Without a sound strategy, costs can spiral, yield and quality can be lost, and IP premiums can quickly disappear. Here’s five things to consider if you’re going to plant IP soybeans this season.
1. Selecting your seed.
There are many varieties of certified IP soybeans to choose from, each with their own set of ideal growth characteristics. Understanding these characteristics is important when choosing your fields and planning your planting and production systems. Sevita International is a leading contractor and supplier of proprietary lines of Canadian, non-GMO, food-grade soybeans to the soy-food manufacturers around the world. They offer support and guidance throughout the year to ensure farmers achieve optimum yields and crop quality with their seed. Sevita offers flexible marketing opportunities and contract terms for food grade varieties and offers a 100% buyback guarantee on all food-grade acres.
2. Pick your field wisely.
There’s nothing worse than finding out after your beans are in the ground that you have a serious perennial or annual weed problem. Management of all weeds is best done through crop rotation. The soil’s health and fertility are the foundation of a clean field. Expect to see higher annual weed pressure on second year bean ground. A fall burndown or tillage can be effective tools to stay ahead of thistles, dandelions, and large rooted perennials.
3. Start clean.
An effective pre-plant burndown is essential to remove any existing competition in the seedbed. The arrival of more herbicide-resistant weeds means that a burndown tank-mix should include multiple modes of action. BlackHawk® is an ideal partner for non-GMO soybeans. Combine it with glyphosate for a burndown that covers all the bases.
4. Stay clean.
The right residual herbicide makes all the difference. Controlling weeds proactively is the best plan for a clean field at harvest. TriActor® is the best pre-emergent herbicide for IP soybeans providing triple action and up to eight weeks of residual control on a wide range of grass and broadleaf weeds. Consider tank-mixing Blackhawk with TriActor for fast, long lasting residual protection from glyphosate-resistant Canada fleabane, common ragweed, and many others.
James Ferrier
5. Have a backup plan
Even the best laid-out plans can go awry, often by factors outside of your control. Scout for weed escapes 21 days after the pre-plant burndown when the beans are near the third trifoliate. Herbicide applications after this stage have higher risks of crop injury, incomplete control of larger weeds, and do little to recover yield potential. If the field is contaminated with volunteer corn, a delayed application of an in-crop grass herbicide such as Statue or Idol may be required.
2021 Growing Season
For the 2021 growing season Nufarm and Sevita are offering a bonus to farmers that contract food-grade soybeans with Sevita and who purchase and apply matching acres of TriActor pre-emergent herbicide. Learn more about this offer at www.sevita.com/triactor.

Learn more about Nufarm’s soybean herbicide portfolio at nufarm.com/ca/soybeans/.
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