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.

How rice herbicides can fail on big grass
When the “big grass” time of the year arrives — after the first of June — some farmers do things that don’t provide the best chance of success.
Pigweed resistant to glyphosate herbicide
Are you proactive with your pigweed control program?
Many Arkansas fields have pigweeds that have escaped herbicide treatments. Even though yields will not be reduced, the escapes continue to replenish the soil seedbank.
Delta Farm Press: Palmer pigweed
Palmer pigweed - it's all about timing
Until Palmer pigweed control becomes the number one priority on your farm, you are going to lose.
Do you have weeds under control?
It is now or never for weed control in rice and soybeans. In rice a lot of folks flooded up on more grass than they would have liked.
Arkansas crops swamped by rains, floods
A lot of crops in south Arkansas would seem to be in reasonably good shape, but in a lot areas of north Arkansas, the 'crop from hell' continues.
Is your field fertile ground for weeds, drift?
Rice fields are being planted late in Arkansas. That complicates spraying herbicides, especially when other sensitive crops are nearby.
Pigweeds, drift hit Arkansas fields
There have been two consistent themes to Ford Baldwins calls lately — herbicide drift and pigweeds.
STS soybeans, Permit Plus for nutsedge
The best program for nutsedge control in soybeans is to plant STS-tolerant varieties and use Permit Plus herbicide. - Ford Baldwin
Ample time to plant Mid-South fields
Farmers should not be panicked by weather-related delays in planting. Prime recommended planting dates remain.
Command aerial label unchanged
Despite recent reports, nothing has changed about the Command herbicide label for 2013. All of the uses including aerial applications and all approved tank mixes remain approved.
Four challenges of herbicide-resistant weeds
To deal with herbicide-resistant weeds, farmers must change their thought processes from reactive to proactive weed management.
Herbicide drift - communicate better, assume less
The complaints about herbicide drift run the gamut — drift from an adjacent field, drift from long distances, temperature inversion issues, plane getting in the wrong field, farmer getting his own fields mixed up, contamination in the load, carryover.
Optimism for new weed technologies
At a recent meeting at the Arkansas State Plant Board, new dicamba- and 2,4-D-tolerant crops were discussed. There were presentations by several university weed scientists and representatives of the respective companies.
Writing career inspired by George Mullendore
I was saddened to hear about the passing of Dr. George Mullendore. It is strange how a person I never was around much could have had such a profound influence on my career, but he did.
Using up weed control technologies one at a time - recipe for disaster
If farmers go forward with only one weed control technology — regardless of which one it is — it could have a three- to five-year lifespan. Maybe shorter. A new weed control technology could be dead before the seed industry gets completely geared up on variety choice and availability.
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