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Valley Irrigation introduces QuickStart prescription writing to its Variable Rate Irrigation product, allowing growers to customize their water applications throughout their fields. VRI Speed Control is already built into the Valley Select2 and Pro2 control panels and now with the new QS prescription service, growers can implement VRI into their operations. The VRI Agronomy Team develops the custom QS prescription based on soil maps, aerial imagery, yield data and other relevant information provided by the grower. Along with their field-specific, custom prescription, grower will also receive a copy of the Valley VRI Prescription Software. For more information, call a local sales representative or visit



Insecticide/miticide receives EPA approval

Skyraider insecticide/miticide, manufactured by MANA, has received approval by the EPA for broad-spectrum control against soil and foliar insects on soybeans, cotton, potatoes and other crops.

New Skyraider is an optimized formulation of proven crop protection technology that includes two different modes of action. This advanced offering hosts an increased ratio of a pyrethroid to support rapid insect knockdown while delivering longer lasting residual, which is driven by the formulation’s neonicotinoid component.

Skyraider has unique attributes proven to perform equal to or better than the market leaders by delivering highly efficacious control of tough-to-manage pests like aphids, Lygus species, stink bugs and wireworms.

It provides both translaminar and systemic movement, which allows improved penetration and relocation of the active ingredients throughout the plant, including feeding sites on the underside of leaves.

“With this kind of systemic activity, Skyraider has a clear-cut advantage in controlling foliar insects, including aphids,” said Dave Rummel, MANA brand leader. “At recommended rates, it also controls mites, which several competitors don’t support as part of their insect control lineup.”

Extensive field trials have delivered high performance ratings for Skyraider in regard to efficacy and economic value in addition to performance advantages over several competitive products.

The Skyraider formulation and packaging delivers simplified handling and preparation steps for growers and applicators prior to treatments in comparison to other insecticide inputs.

“The formulation is easy to use and offers a more optimized use rate while protecting the grower’s investment along with time savings,” Rummel added. “It also offers the convenience of one product for multiple crop uses.

“Skyraider will be a critical tool for growers who want protection from high levels of insect infestation. And, with two different modes of action in a single application, it’s a perfect fit in a complete insect management program.”

For more information, call a local sales representative or visit

Transition diet management essential

The importance of successfully transitioning dairy cows from pregnancy to lactation has been well documented. With more than 50 percent of periparturient cows experiencing hypocalcemia, dairy experts remind producers about the importance of diet management to optimize health and lactation performance.

David Beede, Ph.D., professor of dairy nutrition and management, Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University, discussed the benefits of using a diet before calving with low or negative dietary cation-anion difference (DCAD) to increase blood calcium after calving. Dr. Beede made his comments during the Pre-Conference Symposium in February at the Southwest Nutrition and Management Conference at the University of Arizona in Tempe, Ariz.

“If we don’t take preventive measures to manage blood calcium around parturition, a cascade of metabolic problems can lead to secondary health issues, impaired immune function, reduced milk production and poor reproductive performance,” Dr. Beede said.

He noted that subclinical hypocalcemia is a particular threat because cows do not display obvious signs of milk fever. As a possible strategy, he recommended more routine monitoring to identify subclinical hypocalcemia (blood calcium concentration ranging from 8.6 to 5.5 mg/dl) in herds with unacceptable incidences of transition health disorders.

Dr. Beede noted that the use of commercial anion supplements, rather than anionic salts, is more popular now than in the past due to their ease of use and improved palatability over pure anionic salt sources. He also pointed out that supplementing vitamin D during the close-up period (three weeks prior to calving) decreased the incidence of hypocalcemia in dairy cows with greater susceptibility.

Animate, from Prince Agri Products, is a unique and patented commercially manufactured anionic mineral supplement, that when fed prepartum, will enhance transition cow performance.

Prince Agri Products, Inc., is a leading provider of high-quality trace minerals and nutritional supplements that advance nutrition for dairy cows, beef cattle, swine, poultry and companion animals.

For more information, call 217-222-8854 or visit

Herbicide receives registration for soybeans

BASF’s Crop Protection division announced the federal registration of Zidua herbicide in soybeans. Growers battling tough-to-control, small-seeded broadleaf weeds and grasses will now have the longest-lasting residual control of today’s toughest weeds.

According to 10 years of research and field trials, the residual weed control provided by Zidua herbicide lasts up to two weeks longer than other herbicides currently on the market, which helps protect growers’ yield potential.1 Research also shows Zidua herbicide provides up to 10 percent better performance than other residual herbicides in controlling Palmer amaranth and waterhemp.

“Zidua herbicide provides growers with a new class of chemistry and is an excellent product on its own, but can also be used effectively with Kixor herbicide technology,” said Greg Armel, Ph.D., Technical Market Manager, BASF. “Soybean growers can now combine the fast, effective burndown and enhanced residual control benefits of Kixor with the residual control of Zidua herbicide for long-lasting weed control.”

Zidua herbicide can be tank-mixed with Kixor herbicide technology products to form a preplant and preemerge combination that combats tough, resistant weeds with up to three different sites of action. Zidua herbicide can also be applied with a range of use rates, allowing soybean growers to select the best rate for their specific needs, based on soil textures in their fields.

Zidua herbicide also sets a new standard for flexibility. As the only solo pyroxasulfone product on the market, Zidua herbicide affords a wide application window from fall through early preplant to early post-emergence. This window provides adaptability to a wide range of weed control needs and allows for precise placement of Zidua herbicide for the most effective weed control. Zidua herbicide is currently labeled for use in corn and soybeans. Future label expansions are being developed for use in cotton and wheat, and being evaluated for uses in sunflowers, mint, peanuts and other crops.

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