Monday, October 13, 2014
Your Combine Is A Weed Seed Spreader
We basically band the nutrients that will eventually rot from the residue. It's just like doing a poor job of spreading manure or commercial fertilizer. We do that poorly enough already.
This article points out a real important topic today. Combines are a weed seed spreader. Resistant weeds are so prominent across the country that we are making the problem worse with the combine. There is no way around it unless we control the weeds so they aren't harvested and spread.
We can set the combine so it can spread as far as possible but I haven't seen a one that does a perfect job. There are modifications available that do a better job but few see the need of them. Most farmers just accept combines for what they are and the job they do. I think the poor job of spreading encourages unnecessary tillage but really tillage only hides the problem, its still there.
I hope more farmers see these problems and really attack them next spring but in this poor economy, I expect to see as many resistant weed problems as this year, if not worse.
No one wants to pay the chemical bill to kill weeds at these prices.