Think different about weed control

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As an agricultural journalist, one aspect of my job includes presenting new research and new ideas to producers. And to be sure, it can sometimes be difficult.

Because everyone, no matter what the profession, is resistant to change. Photographers I knew were hesitant to learn about digital photography, with one even telling me that it is “a fad that will never really catch on for professional work.” Now, just TRY to find a roll of film somewhere.

Part of the resistance is that we become “set in our ways” because we know what works.

But for one aspect of farming –weed control—the thought process is changing because the old methods simply don’t work as well as they used to.

If you are looking at new ways to fight the weed battle, the following research from the journal Weed Technology looks at a multi-year study using different control methods.

One nugget from the study: “Maximizing the amount of plant residue on the soil surface is the key. The high amounts of rye or wheat plant residue left behind helped control the emergence of Palmer amaranth. Deep tillage and double-cropping wheat and soybeans may offer the best weed control value. The revenue from an additional crop more than offsets additional expenses in farm machinery, fuel and labor.”

It’s worth a look.

How are you changing your weed control methods?


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