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.

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.
Eliminate escapes, cut weed seed production
Farmers have no herbicide modes of action on the horizon in rice. If they lose the ones they have to resistance, the weeds cannot be controlled.
Seed industry’s future tied to herbicide resistance
The seed industry's future will be determined by weeds and trying to figure out what the weeds would be doing — where herbicide resistance would be three to five years into the future.
Herbicide arguments counterproductive
It would be easy to say the cleaner crop is due to the big increase in LibertyLink cotton and soybeans. I am sure that is some of it, but there are some good-looking Roundup Ready crops out there as well. More and more folks seem to be learning that we are in a fight and they are hooking up to do whatever it takes to win.
Some ignore solutions to herbicide resistance
My list of things that were not said at the recent National Summit on Strategies to Manage Herbicide Resistant Weeds is not all-inclusive, but until we can come to grips with some of them there is little hope of moving forward.
Watch flooded rice fields for emerging grasses
Most of the Arkansas rice is flooded by now and the remainder will be shortly. The crop always looks great when the water and nitrogen first hit it. It can also look deceptively clean.
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.
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