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Helicopter Returns to Drop Seed on Local Farm Fields in Conservation Effort
A helicopter will again be flying over local cropland, dropping a mixture of winter rye, oats, and forage radish seed in an effort to improve soil health by establishing a “cover crop” that will protect the soil after the main crop is harvested. The aerial seeding is scheduled to take place between now and mid-September in towns across Massachusetts, on a roughly east to west schedule. More than 70 farms in 54 Bay State communities are participating voluntarily and are receiving financial and technical assistance for the conservation practice from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

DuPont Introduces EverpreX™ Herbicide
DuPont Crop Protection has introduced DuPont EverpreX herbicide, which provides extended residual control of ALS-, PPO- and/or glyphosate resistant weeds, including waterhemp, Palmer amaranth and other pigweed species. EverpreX demonstrates weed control when tank-mixed with glyphosate herbicides, such as DuPont Abundit®Edge. When tank-mixed with other pre- or postemergence herbicides, EverpreX provides residual control of Palmer amaranth, waterhemp, lambsquarters, nightshade, foxtails and other small-seeded grasses and broadleaf weeds. Studies have demonstrated that tank mixtures including S-metolachlor deliver more complete, consistent control of many ALS-, PPO- and glyphosate-resistant grass and broadleaf weeds.