Jeremy Jack proudly calls the Mississippi Delta home. His parents moved to the area to build a better life for their family. Since then, the family has developed a thriving farming business: Silent Shade Planting Company.
Jack – along with help from his family and other employees – grow cotton, corn, soybeans and rice. They do their own fertilizer spreading, planting and spraying. They also operate their own trucking company and aerial application business. Everyone stays busy.
“We’re all working together to feed and clothe people, and that’s very important,” Jack says. “Also, we get to work with family and instill our work ethic in the next generation. We help them know where food and clothes come from. You don’t get to do all that in some industries.”
Jack continually works to improve and build upon what they are currently accomplishing on the farm. Through conservation tillage and other practices, they try to get better at what they do and how they do it. He uses technology, including the Enlist™ weed control system, to help make improvements. Jack is growing Enlist cotton for the third year and has added Enlist E3™ soybeans for the first time this year.
Weed control is a top concern for Jack and one reason he uses the Enlist system. Heavy weed pressure, especially from the fast-growing Palmer amaranth, a pigweed, has made it difficult to farm some fields. By making Enlist herbicides a cornerstone of their weed control program, Jack says they can control the tough weeds and take back their fields.
“One Palmer pigweed plant is one too many to miss,” Jack says. “We can lose so much yield if we can’t control the weeds. Once we start losing yield, we lose the ability to feed and clothe the world. We can’t afford to lose fields to weeds.”
Jack applies multiple herbicide modes of action to manage weeds and sustain new technologies. His program approach starts with two residual applications before the crops are even planted. After planting, he overlays another residual herbicide. Two weeks later, he applies Enlist One® plus glufosinate. On the second postemergence pass, Jack uses a tank mix of Enlist One and glyphosate. He can then go into a layby application with clean fields.
“We’re very excited about the Enlist technology,” Jack says. “We get amazing weed control with the Enlist system. When we spray Enlist One, we have confidence the product isn’t going to move around. It’s not going to come up later and go onto someone else’s ground.”
Jack and the applicators at Silent Shade understand the importance of following label requirements. Prior to applying any Enlist™ herbicide, all applicators must have their private pesticide applicators licenses and attend auxin training. One person manages the sprayers, watching wind speed and direction and communicating with the applicators throughout the day.
“We have stopped spraying because the wind reached 12 MPH,” Jack says of his applicators observing the maximum wind speed regulation in the state of Mississippi. “We plan out our applications and make sure our employees have all the tools they need. Education and communication are key to weed control and a successful application.”
Jack flags all the fields of Enlist crops and communicates with his neighbors who have sweet potatoes and cotton without the Enlist trait nearby. He tells them when he will make herbicide applications.
Compared with other herbicide-tolerant systems, Jack says applying Enlist herbicides is very easy. Exceptional weed control and herbicides that stay on-target make the Enlist system stand out for Jack.
“I’d like to see more adoption of Enlist E3 soybeans,” Jack says. “We hope to get more people on the Enlist platform.”
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