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Flag your Herbicide Trait (06/01/17)

Hey Dad, why is there a bicycle flag in the corner of our soybean field?” “Jimmy, it’s so our ag-retailer can verify they are spraying the herbicide matching our soybean variety.”

Flag your Herbicide Trait

“Hey Dad, why is there a bicycle flag in the corner ofpeters.1 of 2 our soybean field?”  “Jimmy, it’s so our ag-retailer can verify they are spraying the herbicide matching our soybean variety.”

A crop protection practice was introduced way back in 2011 in Arkansas that offers peace of mind to growers, crop consultants, and custom applicators alike. The program called ‘Flag the Technology’ has caught on and has been implemented across the country including in North Dakota and Minnesota. The Idea is a color-coded flag at the entrance and corners of each field identities the herbicide tolerant trait of the crop in the field. In this way, the farmer, his/her crop consultant, farm employees, neighbors or custom applicators know instantly which herbicides can and cannot be applied to that field. Flags are 12 x 18 inch triangular shaped flags and mounted on a six-foot fiberglass pole.

Where can I order flags? An internet search indicates one potential vendor is Parker Flags. Flags and poles are available in units of 50 (you can mix and match colors) for $5.95 each, including shipping.

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Tom Peters

Extension Sugarbeet Agronomist

NDSU & U of MN

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