Ford Baldwin


Ford Baldwin served as a weed scientist with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service from 1974 to 2001. During that time he conducted extensive applied research trials in rice, soybeans, cotton and wheat, and developed weed management recommendations and educational programs for farmers. Since January 2002, Baldwin has been a partner in Practical Weed Consultants with his wife, Tomilea.

dicamba herbicide damage to soybeans
Off-target dicamba damage ‘very predictable'
Off-target dicamba drift damage to Mid-South soybeans was 'very predictable.' - Ford Baldwin
Baldwin: Time to increase spray volumes of rice herbicides
Arkansas rice fields have reached the time of year when herbicide spray volumes need to go up.
Off-target herbicide damage in Arkansas rice
Off-target herbicide damage is apparent in 2016 Arkansas rice fields. The best drift management is prevention.
Yellow nutsedge
Sedges hit Arkansas rice: is it yellow nutsedge or rice flatsedge?
Sedges are a problem in many early-season Arkansas rice field. In some cases the sedges are emerging before the rice. Is it yellow nutsedge or rice flatsedge?
Overlap residual herbicides before you see grass
The keys to weed control in all crops is overlapping residual herbicides and postemergence herbicide timing.
pigweeds in soybeans
Uncontrolled weeds most costly to farmers
if you plant the crop you must be committed to controlling weeds. The most expensive part of a weed control program is usually the weeds you do not control.
rice seedling
New postflood rice herbicide in pipeline
A new rice herbicide, benzobicyclon, is under development by Gowan Company. The company is hoping for a label as early as 2017 and the trade name will be Rogue.
rice seedlings
Rice weed control: what's most economical program?

For a lot of years I preached economic thresholds — trying to spend only enough on weed control to make an optimum yield.

I thought it was a good idea at the time, and while it is a great principle for insects and diseases, it is a bad idea for weed control. With the rapid spread of herbicide resistance, you must strive for 100 percent control if you are into farming for the long haul.

Palmer amaranth pigweed
What it takes to defeat herbicide-resistant weeds
Defeating herbicide-resistant weeds such as Palmer amaranth requires respect for the adversary at all levels — from researchers to agribusinesses to farmers.
Drift damage in Arkansas rice, soybeans
I was afraid 2015 was going to be a herbicide drift year and, unfortunately, that is turning out to be the case.
Rice seedlings
Overlay residual herbicides in rice to suppress weeds
Rice producers who have been able to overlay residual herbicides are generally in pretty good shape from a weed control standpoint. Some residuals are breaking early, and that is a reason it is important to overlay them.
Pigweed - Palmer amaranth
2 keys to weed control success in 2015
The success of this year’s weed control programs will be determined by how well farmers coordinate residual herbicides with rainfall events and how well they time postemergence herbicide applications.
Grain sorghum weed control no 'piece of cake'
"There seems to be a lot of folks who are promoting grain sorghum, making weed control sound like a piece of cake, but I have not found weed control to be a piece of cake." - Ford Baldwin
Rice seedlings
Options for better control of resistant weeds in rice
Crop and trait rotation options available in Arkansas can make resistance management relatively easy if farmers will get outside our normal thinking somewhat and be proactive.
rice seedlings
Residual herbicides return to weed control programs 1
As farmers gain resistant weeds and lose the effectiveness of herbicides, they cannot afford any escapes because that escape could be resistant. Therefore, the weed control goal should be zero tolerance.
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