Farms.com Home   News

Weed Out the Competition

Every season, in every field, your soybeans go to battle against weeds. They fight for water, sunlight and nutrients. According to Anita Dille, Ph.D., professor of weed ecology at Kansas State University, it’s a battle you need your soybeans to win to achieve higher yields.

Dille is compiling a state-by-state analysis of yield loss from lack of weed control. Early findings from nearly 100 research plots from 2007 through 2013 show that soybean fields with good weed control averaged double the yields of weedy plots.

On battlefields across the countryside, it’s no secret that many weeds have herbicide resistance working in their favor. Your soybeans also have you and your ability to make weed-management decisions that protect your yield now and in the future.

“Farmers have more to gain or lose than anybody in the fight against herbicide resistance,” says Harold Coble, a farmer and weed scientist with a long history working for North Carolina State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“Modern weed-management practices have allowed us to pay less attention to details for a while, but we’re paying for that now,” Coble says. “We really need to pay attention to post-treatment monitoring. We can’t just spray our herbicides and then go fishing and assume everything is going to work 100 percent anymore.” Coble urges farmers to actively monitor, document and manage weeds that survive herbicide applications.

Coble also challenges all farmers to select unbiased information sources for learning and decision making on weed-management programs. “Farmers have to act now, starting by learning more about what causes resistance and what can be done to

- See more at: http://unitedsoybean.org/article/weed-out-the-competition/#sthash.koXg4Fbn.dpuf

weed-out-competition

Every season, in every field, your soybeans go to battle against weeds. They fight for water, sunlight and nutrients. According to Anita Dille, Ph.D., professor of weed ecology at Kansas State University, it’s a battle you need your soybeans to win to achieve higher yields.

Dille is compiling a state-by-state analysis of yield loss from lack of weed control. Early findings from nearly 100 research plots from 2007 through 2013 show that soybean fields with good weed control averaged double the yields of weedy plots.

On battlefields across the countryside, it’s no secret that many weeds have herbicide resistance working in their favor. Your soybeans also have you and your ability to make weed-management decisions that protect your yield now and in the future.

“Farmers have more to gain or lose than anybody in the fight against herbicide resistance,” says Harold Coble, a farmer and weed scientist with a long history working for North Carolina State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“Modern weed-management practices have allowed us to pay less attention to details for a while, but we’re paying for that now,” Coble says. “We really need to pay attention to post-treatment monitoring. We can’t just spray our herbicides and then go fishing and assume everything is going to work 100 percent anymore.” Coble urges farmers to actively monitor, document and manage weeds that survive herbicide applications.

Coble also challenges all farmers to select unbiased information sources for learning and decision making on weed-management programs. “Farmers have to act now, starting by learning more about what causes resistance and what can be done to manage it.”


three-things-weed-out

Click here to see more...

Trending Video

Market Plus With John Roach

Video: Market Plus With John Roach

John Roach discusses the commodity markets in a special web-only feature.