Friday, October 4, 2013
Don't Harvest This Weed!
Ours still looks like a modified pigweed and from my scouting this summer I would say we did a fair job controlling the thing in this region. Many have a double root which can be white, pink or red. I call it a hybrid pigweed. A fair job won't be good enough, we have to be excellent and consistent on these pigweeds of all types!
The beans I have been inspecting have break outs of lambsquarter to the northeast of me and giant ragweed everywhere. Every farmer battled giant ragweed this year in Ohio. RoundUp Ready or not, most fields had at least several to many giant ragweeds. Last year it was Marestail and it's still here but giant ragweed was the challenge this year. 2,4-D and or Banvel or dicamba did the best job of controlling but still there some escapes.
Pigweed was not the problem I feared it would be this year so watch out next year! I saw enough last fall I thought sure it would be a problem but giant ragweed was worse. If this good fall weather continues, a fall spray and/or cover crop will be very important. The cover cropped fields had less problems in the fields I've scouted and the fields with no fall burndown had more weeds. The farmers using structured water and reduced amounts of chemical had less weeds than those of us using "regular water."
What are your weed problems and how do you plan to battle them?