Weed Management

Uuncontrolled giant ragweed

Planting Interval of Corn and Soybean after 2,4-D/ Dicamba Burndown Application April 7, 2017

With cold, wet conditions in March, many producers may be facing a smaller than expected window for making their herbicide burndown applications in April. This makes timely applications now even more important to provide for a proper interval before planting this year.

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Photo comparison of 2 flelds with and without residual herbicide
Figure 1. The benefit of a residual herbicide can be clearly seen in these photos of fields with and without residual six weeks after planting. (Photos by Rodrigo Werle)

Keys to Managing Herbicide Resistance in Soybeans April 6, 2017

As you begin developing your weed management plan for 2017, here are six key management practices and five key timings to improve control of herbicide-resistant weeds this year.

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Ventenata plants
Ventenata / North African Grass seed heads, Ventenata dubia (Leers) Coss. Photo credit: ©Prof Matt Lavin-2008/Bozeman, Montana, USA - CC BY-SA 2.0

Watching for Ventenata — an Invasive Weed on our Western Horizon April 5, 2017

Ventenata is an invasive grass in Wyoming that is slowly spreading east. If it does migrate to Nebraska, early detection and rapid response will be essential in controlling its establishment. If it were to become established in the Pine Ridge area or Sandhills, it could devastate the ecology and range production.

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marestail

Status of Herbicide-Resistant Weeds in Nebraska March 20, 2017

Nine weed species in Nebraska have now evolved resistance to at least one group of herbicides. Six weed species — common ragweed, common waterhemp, marestail, kochia, giant ragweed, and Palmer amaranth — have confirmed resistance to glyphosate. Rotate herbicide sites of action and weed control practice to avoid contributing to this trend.

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Video: Herbicide Resistance Nothing New March 17, 2017

UNL Weed Scientists on Weed Resistance

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glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth
Figure 1. A female glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth plant in a soybean field in south-central Nebraska. This plant has the capacity to produce up to half a million seeds. (All photos by Parminder Chahal)

Glyphosate-Resistant Palmer Amaranth Confirmed in South-Central Nebraska March 15, 2017

Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri S. Wats.) is a C4 dioecious species (separate male and female plants) native to the southwestern United States.

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Medusahead Grass
Figure 1. Medusahead seed head, Taeniatherum caput-medusae (L.) Nevski (Photo credit: Steve Dewey, Utah State University, Bugwood.org)

Detecting Invasive Species: Medusahead March 10, 2017

Growers are encourage to watch for Medusahead, an invasive weed species that is now in Wyoming and moving eastward. If it reaches the Pine Ridge area or Sandhills, it could cause devastating damage to the ecology and range production. The concept of early detection and rapid response, as described here, will be important to its containment.

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Marestail seedling and field infested with marestail
Figures 1 (inset). Marestail plant forming rosette in spring. Figure 2. Corn field infested with glyphosate-resistant marestail in eastern Nebraska. (All photos by Debalin Sarangi).

When is a Good Time to Scout and Control Glyphosate-Resistant Marestail? March 8, 2017

Marestail, also known as horseweed or Canada fleabane, is a winter or summer annual weed in Nebraska. Historically, marestail was found in waste area, field edges, along roadsides, and railway tracks; however, no-till crop production systems over the last 20 years favor marestail germination and establishment in agronomic crops in Nebraska.

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