Fighting Problem Weeds

Now that the winter wheat acres are being harvested, growers should be taking inventory of their problem weeds and taking action this fall against these weeds when time permits. Scentless chamomile, wild carrot, curl dock, Canada fleabane, spreading atriplex, annual bluegrass and dandelions should be looked after in the fall when you decide to kill off your volunteer wheat.  

Adding some other herbicide to your glyphosate program will help clean up your fields this fall and leave them in great shape to no-till soybeans in 2018. Tillage is not the best option for controlling these perennial weeds as you usually cut the underground root off and the weed will regrow again later on in the fall! Most of these treatments cost about $10.00 per acre and will go a long way to cleaning up your fields for next season’s crops.
  
Discuss your weed problems with one of our agronomists in the next few weeks to decide the best options to fight your problem weeds this fall. Remember a clean field over winter will discourage insects from laying eggs in your fields early next spring. Cutworms, seed corn maggots, slugs and other pests will reduce your plant stands if overwintering cover crops are not burned off before winter sets in!

Call your Clark Agri Service Agronomist today to help you plan your crop inputs and achieve maximum yields.

This Crop Corner has been written by Jerry Winnicki, Agronomy Manager at Clark Agri Service.  Jerry can be reached by email jwinnicki@clarkagriservice.com or by phone 905-736-1426