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.

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.”
Baldwin: Early herbicide programs were simple
When I began my career as a weed scientist in 1974, we had propanil (Stam), Ordram and the phenoxy herbicides in rice, which would seem like a very limited arsenal now. However, we got along quite well with them at the time.
Managing change: learn how to use new weed controls
A huge part of managing change now is going to be learning to use the LibertyLink and Ignite herbicide correctly. At present we are doing a lot of things that are going to contribute to premature failure of the system, says weed scientist Ford Baldwin.
Pigweeds will win if right steps not taken now
My worst fear from five years ago has happened: that is we would not be willing to change until the pigweed populations were back to overpowering levels. That is statewide now.
Spray pigweeds early to be successful
Applying postemergence herbicides too late was the biggest problem in weed control when I began my career and it continues to be today.
Growers must include more diversity to control major weeds
The days of easy weed control are over for the foreseeable future. Everyone from the basic manufacturers to the growers must be on the same diversity page.
Drought will alter weed control programs
Soil residual herbicides have again become a necessary part of a weed control program and they can do some great things — when they work, but without soil moisture for incorporated herbicides or activating rainfall or overhead irrigation for pre-emergence herbicides, they do not work.
Pigweeds flooding many rice fields
Nothing about pigweeds surprises weed scientist Ford Baldwin.
Drift this year’s toughest issue
The tougher weed control calls are beginning to come in, but the toughest issues weed scientist Ford Baldwin has had to deal with in the field this year continue to be drift issues.
Weeds swamp rice after late start
Rice calls are running the gamut from one extreme to the other. The “jailbreaks” are occurring in some fields.
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.

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