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Barnyardgrass, pigweed top weed concerns

My main concerns right now are barnyardgrass control in rice and pigweed control in soybeans. Most other weed problems we can catch back up with even if they have gotten out of hand. On those two, however, if they are not under control early, there is often a run-away situation.

Rein in problem pigweeds
Growers want to get on top of the pigweed problem — either with prevention or by turning around an existing problem.
Flooding delays weed control
As upset as I get just writing about weather problems, I cannot imagine what it is like seeing your own crop under water or wondering when or if you will get to plant.
Rains complicating weed control
A lot of other areas in the Mid-South have been inundated with rains. If the wet weather continues, there will be some difficult weed control situations in all crops.
Glyphosate drift damage to wheat extensive
Glyphosate drift on Arkansas wheat seems to be the more widespread this year than any previous year.
Postemergence herbicide options for rice
After the delayed pre-emergence herbicides, the next step will be early postemergence herbicides. With those, the objective is to kill any weeds that have emerged, and also to get some additional residual into the program.
Common sense: if in doubt, don’t spray 3
A lot of decisions go into spraying herbicides, but drift prevention is just common sense and treating someone else like you wish to be treated.
Going back in time for weed control
Mid-South farmers have a steep learning curve for growers to get back up to speed on soil residual herbicides, says weed scientist Ford Baldwin.
Herbicide drift must be resolved
Some herbicide drift complaints are due to miscommunication and some are due to planting a herbicide-tolerant field in the middle of several conventional fields or vice versa. Most of these situations could be prevented.
Preplant herbicides return to importance
Anywhere farmers are gathered, herbicide resistance is the main topic of discussion. Growers are exchanging a lot of ideas among themselves about how they can best solve or avoid the problem on their farms.
Residual herbicides one key with LibertyLink
Is the LibertyLink system all that is holding the door on herbicide resistance until we get to the next step — whenever and whatever that may turn out to be?
PigPosium demonstrated role of resistant pigweed
The PigPosium organized by the University of Arkansas and co-hosted by Delta Farm Press was a great experience for me and I must admit to a lot of different emotions. Who would have ever thought you would see 800 or so folks (a high percentage were growers) get to a meeting an hour before starting time to spend the day listening to speakers talk about one weed — Palmer pigweed.
Starting clean best foundation for pigweeds in soybeans
A key to success with the LibertyLink system is starting clean at planting. One big mistake this past year, especially later in the season, was farmers planting both LibertyLink and Roundup Ready soybeans into standing 2-foot pigweeds and hitting them with a burndown — usually a high rate of Ignite.
LibertyLink system: best residual herbicides?
Using residual herbicides is something we must learn to do again. Everyone likes the “spray twice with two postemergence treatments and be through.” That was a nice program when you could kill them anytime you wanted to.
Spreading rice’s risks can improve results
There is no doubt that this year’s rice crop was a big disappointment to a lot of good farmers. Of course, there were success stories and most of them I have heard came from early-planted rice. It seems that year in and year out early-planted rice beats late-planted rice.
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