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Rain Delay Provides Weed Management Training Time

wet fieldWith the wet weather that’s crossing much of the middle of the country, farmers may be finding themselves in the field less than they would like. The progress that was underway has been stopped much like a rain delay in a favorite team’s baseball game. So, time normally spent on field work and planting is being spent indoors. I’ve talked to farmers who are spending time working on their websites, and others who are working on equipment in their shops. One other thing people may want to give additional attention to, is the farm’s weed management plan.

As we discussed here a few weeks ago, farmers are making decisions about their weed management plans for this year, building on successful strategies from last year and adjusting where it’s appropriate. The so-called “superweeds” in the mainstream media are effectively managed by taking the time to plan an approach, much like what we do in sports with various plays in the playbooks.

You may want to pull a page out of these while you are on your rain delay.

  • The National Cotton Council, National Corn Growers Association, the American Soybean Association) and several state extension services have online educational programs on weed resistance. These association programs take a comprehensive online learning approach to the topics.
  • There is also a program facilitated by the Farm Press publications which provides the option of continuing education credits (Weed Resistance Management (WRM) in Southern agronomic row crops & trees, nuts & vines).
  • Farmers who want to understand the risk of resistant weeds on their farm will find http://weedtool.com useful.
  • Monsanto has a number of recommendations and programs to assist farmers in taking a proactive approach to weed management on the Roundup Ready Plus website.
  • Information about the multi-year Benchmark studies university scientists have conducted are among the resources on http://www.weedmanagement.com.
  • If you are a weed geek, the official list of weeds with herbicide resistance is the International Survey of Herbicide Resistant Weeds at http://www.weedscience.org as it provides information about the various classes of chemistry, weed species, geographies, etc. This site is funded and supported by the Herbicide Resistance Action Committee (HRAC), the North American Herbicide Resistance Action Committee (NAHRAC) and the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) and provides a scientific look at the topic.
  • Some of the latest reporting from trade publications is also good reading. You may find the columns by weed scientists Ken Smith of the University of Arkansas and Larry Steckel of the University of Tennessee of interest.

In the commercial side, seed and technology companies continue to make progress on new approaches to weed control. Some of the most recent news releases include:

We’ll continue to provide the latest news and information on weed management on Beyond the Rows and the Roundup Ready Plus website. And we’ll keep those reeling from flood water or suffering through drought in our thoughts and prayers.

2 Responses to "Rain Delay Provides Weed Management Training Time"

    • I’d talk to your local county extension agent they should be able to help you find what you need (might bring the books you have with you). It’s best if you can find a good local guide for your area/state because the weed challenges change from area to area and I find it a real pain to have to dig through the comprehensive guides to find what weeds is a problem in a given area.


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