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.

Drift damage, lack of rainfall boosting weeds
The season has started out difficult in many areas of Arkansas — primarily due to the lack of rainfall. A lot of the residual herbicides applied in all crops have not been activated properly, which puts more pressure on the postemergence herbicide timing.
Emerged grass an early problem in rice
A lot of Command was out for days or even weeks without activating rainfall and most growers did not flush. Emerged grass that is going to be in a lot of the fields must be dealt with.
Timing postemergence herbicide application in soybeans
Timing is always important, but if we continue to struggle to get residual herbicides activated, timing is going to be everything.
Pigweeds growing, flowering early
We have already had a lot of residual herbicides applied in February and March that went two to four weeks without a rain for activation. The way you have to compensate for that inconsistency is to make multiple applications — stacking or overlapping.
Multiple residual herbicides often needed
Take a worst-case scenario where you know you have major pigweed issues and you are going to plant Roundup Ready soybeans. Perhaps you have been in LibertyLink a couple of years and want to rotate out or you just like the Roundup Ready system. In this scenario, you definitely need to stack or overlap residuals.
Baldwin: Days of Plan B weed control are over
I just returned from the national meeting for weed scientists. It was a great meeting with a lot of excellent presentations. While a major emphasis at the meeting was on herbicide-resistant weeds, I was disappointed by the lack of emphasis on proactive resistance management.
Palmer pigweed ‘driver weed’ in soybean, cotton fields
I predict that five years from now we will be using several weed control methods in addition to herbicides and traits to accomplish this.
Necessity drives farmers to innovate against weeds
In the next five years we will be using several non-chemical weed control methods to keep our herbicide programs viable. It will not be because you want to do these things, but rather you will have to in order to survive.
Aerial applicators often unfairly criticized for drift 1
We must have a viable aerial application industry in Arkansas. Those guys have a highly visible industry. Not many of us would want the sort of visibility in our business they have on a daily basis. Their industry has risks involved that not many of us would be willing to take.
Herbicide application timing crucial 1
Farmers this year should make absolutely sure they either have the spray equipment or they have made proper arrangements to spray their first postemergence applications timely.
Weed control simplicity – thing of the past
There is no question that we are going to lose some of the weed control efficiency growers have gotten used to with Roundup Ready. Where do growers go from here?
Days of easy weed control are over
Part of my reasons for writing a history of our weed control is to show what we went through to get to Roundup Ready. In a lot of ways we are currently going backward.
Rope wick applicators led fight against johnsongrass
The first rope wick applicators for Roundup herbicide in Mid-South weed control simply used some nylon rope, 4-inch or so PVC pipe, some rubber grommets and a way to mount it on the tractor or other means to push it. You could buy them or make them yourself.
Two effective weed killers weren’t labeled herbicides
There was a time when two of our better weed control chemicals were not actually classified as herbicides.
Baldwin: Weed species shift vs. herbicide resistance
One colleague who has attempted to keep me straight through the years recently e-mailed a comment along the lines that “I do not see how weed species shifts are any different from herbicide resistance, although you seem to think so.”
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