Category: Blog

West Central Launches IntelliMax to Advance Retailers’ Data Analytics Capabilities

WILLMAR, Minn. (AUGUST 31, 2016) – West Central Distribution recently announced the launch of IntelliMax™, a confidential and customizable data management platform designed for ag retailers as a turnkey solution for grower data management and analysis, seller and grower program management, and manufacturer reporting.  In keeping with West Central’s retailer theme of “Your Vision, Always,” […]

West Central Distribution Introduces Their New Elite Family of Adjuvants

WILLMAR, Minn. (JULY 14, 2016) – West Central Distribution recently released a new line of Elite adjuvants to work alongside the new herbicide technologies that combat resistant weeds. The new adjuvant family includes Veracity™ Elite, Jackhammer™ Elite and Cerium™ Elite. As new herbicide trait technologies for dicamba and 2,4-D tolerance are introduced, there is a […]

Leaders of In-Furrow Technology Hold Summit at Innovation Plot

WILLMAR, Minn. (July 6, 2016) – The Leaders of In-Furrow Technology (LIFT) held a LIFT Summit and field day on June 22-23 to discuss the latest innovations in in-furrow and foliar technologies, new herbicide traits and crop protection strategies. Industry experts including Dr. Fred Below, professor of plant physiology at the University of Illinois, showed […]

Rhizoctonia Root and Crown Rot Control in Sugarbeet

Rhizoctonia Management Strategies Rhizoctonia infections to sugarbeet are responsible for direct losses to grower root yield and quality in addition to losses related to beet storage issues.  Managing Rhizoctonia requires an integrated strategy involving consideration of crop rotation, variety selection, soil temperature, and soil applied and/or POST fungicide use. Consult your local sugarbeet Ag-Staff for […]

Zinc Fertility for Crop Production

Zinc: the chemical and metabolic catalyst for plants Zinc (Zn) is an essential component of enzymes involved with important crop growth and development processes. Crop requirement and uptake of Zn is measured in ounces rather than pounds per acre. However, university research has identified that field corn, sweet corn, and edible beans are crops that […]

Copper-Field in Wheat

Efficient Nitrogen Application Copper-Field™ contains a low salt, highly efficient source of nitrogen that can be used as a foliar application to enhance yield. A Copper-Field application allows for more complete and rapid nitrogen absorption while aiding in the uptake and translocation of other nutrients. Copper-Field also contains copper and iron to improve yield and […]

Soygreen in Soybeans

Soygreen® is an iron chelated Ortho-Ortho EDDHA fertilizer that can help manage iron deficiency chlorosis in soybeans by increasing the availability of iron. In-furrow applications of Soygreen have proven to be the most effective application type to alleviate or correct iron deficiency chlorosis. In-Furrow Applications: Apply 2 to 3 lb/A as an in-furrow application at […]

Pop-up Fertilizer in Corn

Pop-up fertilization is a starter fertilizer model that places safe rates and formulations of crop nutrients into the furrow with the seed. Other starter fertilizer concepts will utilize separation between fertilizer and seed to provide seedling safety but in doing so create a lag time for seedlings to access nutrients due to the time required […]

New Technology for Pop-up Fertilizer Strategies

The challenge with pop-up fertilizers is placing important nutrients next to the seed without causing an issue with seedling burn. An additional difficulty is related to the reality that locally high concentrations of certain nutrients such as Phosphorus in banded starter fertilizers, can cause important nutrients to become increasingly unavailable the longer they remain in […]

Effect of Cold, Frost, or Hail on Various Crops

CORN Germination:  Cold soil temperatures (sub 50o F) can trigger imbibitional chilling injury or cold temperature injury.  These phenomena occur when either seed kernels imbibe water that is colder than what is considered ideal resulting in ruptured tissue during cell expansion or from damage to the mesocotyl during cell elongation.  Plant death is possible but […]

Reducing Foam From Mixing Glyphosate Herbicides

Glyphosate formulations vary by product and year in regards to the amount of foam produced when preparing spray mixtures for weed control applications. Additional surfactants, water conditioners, and deposition management aids will help maximize glyphosate activity, but these also contain highly active surfactants that can cause excessive foam formation. Some adjuvants include a defoamer in […]

General Tank Mixing Directions

Tank mix partners properly mixed in the correct sequence can greatly reduce the chance of something going wrong in the spray tank. Improper mixing can cause many problems, including precipitation fallout, screen or nozzle plugging, and sludge. In addition to these problems being inconvenient, they also impact uniform coverage which leads to reduced efficacy. Remember […]

Seed Treatment: Custom Blends Create Happy Customers

Today you’d be hard pressed to find a seed dealer that isn’t downstream treating some quantity of seed — but there’s a growing segment of distributors that are taking seed care to a higher level of customization. West Central Inc., via its STI Customized program (now in its 5th season), as well as Innvictis Crop […]

Comparing Amine and Ester

Amines are different than esters in many regards. Please note that some product labels may differ in their labeled uses based upon the product supplier.

Optimizing Glyphosate

Glyphosate resistance has become common across the United States. A conscious effort to increase glyphosate best management practices (BMP), in addition to prudent resistant management practices, will be required to maintain this technology. Below are some examples of specific issues relating to glyphosate efficacy and corresponding BMPs which have the potential to increase glyphosate activity.

Zinc Fertility Basics

Zinc (Zn) is an essential component of enzymes involved with important crop growth and development processes. Crop requirement and uptake of Zn is measured in ounces rather than pounds per acre. However, university research has identified that field corn, sweet corn, and edible beans are crops that can be relatively sensitive to Zn deficiency and can experience yield losses even if all other nutrients are present in adequate amounts. A deficiency response may be more likely to occur when following sugar beet. Soil tests are the best way to predict the need for Zn in a fertilization program. University of Idaho and Nebraska research data supports these responses.