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"I've had to call them on Sundays, on holidays and even at night, and they always get the job done. I thoroughly enjoy doing business with Fertizona."
"We're always dealing with factors we can't control, and we trust (Fertizona) to help us identify problems. This business is hard work, but it’s been a great ride."
"Fertizona does what it takes to help us in any way they can. They often get us the products we need within just a few hours of when we order them. Their service is excellent."
"I've never had to go outside of Fertizona for what I need. One of the best things about Ben (Hoyler) and Fertizona is that they treat my crops like they have an ownership stake in them."
"I really like Fertizona's way of doing business. They're honest and straight in their dealings with us, especially about trying new things. Some other companies will come in and try to sell you a magic potion or a silver bullet, but there aren't any. Fertizona has always been very supportive."
"Growing the best potatoes is very expensive, and we insist on using only top-quality fertilizers and other products. Fertizona is able to deliver exactly the products we need, when we need them, and their service is excellent."
"I've never really worked with anybody else but Fertizona ever since I got here (Harquahala Valley, AZ). They have great people, great service and competitive prices. I trust Fertizona for just about everything."
"Fertizona constantly goes above and beyond for our operation. We do a lot of business with them and they are always there for us with exceptional products and a high level of service. Fertizona even offers various financing programs for customers if needed."
"Fertizona gives us everything we need when we need it. We've worked with them for many years and we are extremely happy with their products and with the high level of service that they provide to us."
"I use Fertizona for my seed, fertilizer and other things and I don't really need to do business with anybody else. My field people count on Fertizona a lot, too. If I had to point to one thing that makes Fertizona better, it's their excellent service. The Comptons are a stand-up family and I really care about them."
"We rely on Kevin's (Walsh) expertise. With his knowledge and flexibility, he's really good about finding economical ways to keep our grass strong and healthy. Fertizona definitely gives us a bigger bang for our buck."
"Because of all the unique stuff we grow here, I often have to call, ask for for special fertilizers or chemicals and Compton Ag has always come through for me. I also really appreciate their involvement in our community. Compton Ag provides a lot of local support, especially for kids."
"The staff at Fertizona has deep knowledge of the products and labeling, which helps us avoid liability issues from mismanagement of chemicals. Plus, we've had a very high level of service from Fertizona. We know we can always count on Fertizona."
"Fertizona is a one-stop shop; they take the worry out of insect, weed and disease control. Getting all my fertilizers and pesticides from Fertizona helps me manage costs and allows me to be as efficient as possible."
"Fertizona has helped our business be more profitable. I enjoy doing business with them - they have great customer service, their prices are good and they have no problem locating products for me. I would recommend Fertizona to any grower."
Fertizona is Arizona’s largest agricultural fertilizer and crop protection retailer. With 9 locations located throughout Southern California, Arizona and Northern Mexico, and a regional trucking depot, fertilizer production facilities, and seed coating operation.
Fertizona and its member companies, Compton Ag Services, Ag Express, and CYC Solutions Company provide inputs for Southwestern growers, turf managers, nurseries, landscapers, and municipalities. With an experienced staff of Pest Control Advisors, Agronomists and Turf Managers, we provide superior service and knowledge and provide for our Southwestern agriculture.
Arizona cotton growers now have more questions to deal with when it comes to maximizing their weed control, but the industry is still figuring out the answers.
A big part of the challenge is weed resistance. Every year, more species of broadleaves and grasses are becoming resistant to many herbicides, including glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup® products. At the same time, agribusiness influencers – manufacturers as well as suppliers and applicators - keep looking for ef fective alternatives. Those solutions frequently represent new technology.
“Resistance has become a huge problem, and it will continue to get worse,” said Dr. Bill McCloskey, Extension Weed Specialist at the University of Arizona. “To deal with it, technology is being pushed to the forefront.”
Dozens of types of weeds are known to be resistant to glyphosate, with 17 identified species in the U.S. alone. In Arizona, the most common resistance problem is Palmer amaranth, or pigweed. If a Roundup-Ready cotton crop has an infestation of resistant pigweed, that's obviously a serious threat to yields.
In attempts to overcome ineffective glyphosate performance, seed companies have introduced genetically modified cotton that's also tolerant of dicamba herbicide. That means a grower can safely use an approved over-the-top application of certain dicamba products for better weed control. But that's not as simple as it sounds.
“Growers need to understand that this isn't your father's dicamba,” said Dennis Osborn, Crop Protection Sales Manager, Fertizona. “We're talking about proprietary chemistry, and the new products come with a long list of conditions and special procedures.”
Those rules are partly due to product volatility and drift concerns, which have been issues with dicamba for a long time. Two of the new dicamba products for herbicide-tolerant cotton are Engenia™ and XtendiMax™ with VaporGrip™ Technology. (See related article on page 4.) VaporGrip represents formulation improvements designed to reduce drift and minimize the risk of off-target applications. Both products received special EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) registration in the last few months.
“The state approved the 2(ee) labels,” said Dr. McCloskey, referring to the EPA's conditional permission to use a pesticide with extra application restrictions, “but they have expiration dates in late 2018, so we may only have them for two seasons.” A complicating factor in the situation is that Story continued from cover government agencies aren't coordinating their efforts. For example, new dicamba-tolerant cotton seed varieties were made available before growers had approved dicamba herbicides to apply on them. In Missouri, several instances of illegal applications of “old” unregistered dicamba caused damage to adjacent fields and orchards as a result of dicamba drift.
“The EPA is understandably concerned about the products being used safely,” added McCloskey. “It's a question of application stewardship.”
“Sometimes I think we just need to go back to where we were fifteen years ago,” said Osborn, referring to proven methods of weed control that growers used before relying so much on herbicide-tolerant crops and repeated use of the same chemicals. “I agree with that,” said McCloskey. “I like to recommend a preplant incorporated application of Prowl® or Treflan®. Because of our soils in Arizona, they work really well on pigweed here. I've had growers do that successfully and then say to me, 'I'd forgotten how good these products are.'”
“Another key is to apply multiple AIs (active ingredients),” said Osborn. “When you use different modes of action, you'll find the susceptibilities on those weeds.”
The changing requirements and new challenges for cotton growers demand some adaptations, but what's the best course of action to take? “There's no one answer for that, because it's different for everybody,” Osborn said. “Each area has its own specific situation based on soils, varieties, weed pressures, and other factors. The best thing to do is work with your field rep to determine the products and rates that are best for you. And Fertizona can help with all of that.”
You may visit our products page for more information about products for cotton.
SmartLine™ Rev-It™ is Fertizona's exclusive spray adjuvant that can significantly increase the coverage, penetration, absorption and activation of chemical sprays. Rev-It improves the passage of pesticides through plant cuticles, instantly making your sprays more effective and economical.
“Rev-It spreads well on leaves and then enhances the uptake and performance of postemergent herbicides,” said Dennis Osborn, Crop Protection Sales Manager, Fertizona. “Rev-It basically heats up the herbicides so they can control weeds faster and more thoroughly.”
Rev-It is based on a proprietary, multicomponent formulation of methylated seed oils. It was developed as an alternative for nonionic surfactants and crop oil concentrates or petroleum oils, with the goal of maximizing the value of crop protection chemicals. And it works. University research has proven that methylated seed oils increase the consistency and performance of post-emergent herbicides.
“By improving your weed control, Rev-It not only promotes yield potential, but it can also save you money by allowing you to avoid re-treatments,” added Osborn.
SmartLine Rev-It may be applied by air or ground and can be used with herbicides, defoliants, desiccants, fungicides, insecticides and miticides.
Typical application rates vary from 1.5 to 2 pints per acre, depending on water hardness, spray droplet size, weed populations and other factors. Be sure to follow label directions for Rev- It and the pesticide being sprayed. If applying to a sensitive crop, treat a small area first and check for adverse effects on the crop. Also use extra caution with selective herbicides.
Rev-It is the latest addition to our SmartLine group of products -- Fertizona’s complete line of adjuvants, surfactants and water conditioners. Fertizona is continuing to develop as many products as possible which are available for use in New Mexico and California as well as Arizona.