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Agronomy Update

It’s Never Too Early to Plan for Next Year…

Published on Monday, October 24, 2016

For many of us, fall is about seeing the “payoff” from all our hard work during the past season. While harvest does allow us to make observations and summarize our findings from the past season, I’d encourage you to also consider preparing your seed bed for next year. For some of you that means tillage, for others who do not intend to till their acres, this means controlling those fall emerged weeds.  

While this past growing season was hot and dry for many of us, the recent fall rains have provided the moisture necessary for winter annual and perennial weed populations to thrive. Those same weeds will not only be tougher to get sufficient control of next spring, but will inhibit us from getting our 2017 crop established and off to the best possible start.

Fall is an excellent time to control many of these troublesome winter annual and perennial weeds such as marestail, dandelion, chickweed, henbit, field pennycress and purple deadnettle. Herbicides applied in the fall have a wide window of application as we have from harvest up until the ground freezes. After the ground freezes, herbicide effectiveness is reduced due to limited translocation to the root system of the weeds with the cooler temperatures.

Click here to read the rest of this article on Ohio's Country Journal/Ohio Ag Net. 

 

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