Profitable Weed Management Regardless of Weather

Through decades of practice, most skills can be honed to a precise science, with weather forecasting as one exception.  Mother Nature has been around longer than any meteorology experts or forecasting technology, and she seems to enjoy the ability to keep growers guessing and preparing their Plan B. 

Predictive modeling, ocean temperatures and even stages of the moon...for centuries, meteorologists — whether professionally trained or of the armchair variety — have been using tools of all levels of sophistication to forecast the weather.  The different approaches and often conflicting forecasts, even today, illustrate that weather is anything but an exact science. 

It's one more reason that growers are accustomed to preparing for the unexpected.

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Wet Spring


Wet Spring

If you are in an area where frost extended more than a foot into the soil and had heavy snowfall throughout the winter, you probably got a late start heading to the fields.  With time at a premium in a normal year, you might have chosen to forego a pre-plant or pre-emergence herbicide application.  With the advancements in today's herbicide technology, that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice weed control.  Capreno® herbicide is a postemergence product that can be applied to corn through the V5 growth stage, holding grass and broadleaf weeds back until canopy.

Normal or Dry Spring 


Weather

If you are in a region that didn't have extreme cold or what seemed like a winter of endless snow, your spring might seem normal. You got in the field early enough to prep the soil and apply a pre-plant or pre-emergence herbicide; it even appears planting will wrap up during the optimum timeframe.

That doesn't mean the season will continue to be normal. Should the summer take a turn for the drier, as some experts suggest, you might need to re-evaluate your weed management. Depending on what you applied as a pre-emergence herbicide, that residual control might be lost. With the exception of Corvus® herbicide, which can reactivate after a dry spell with just a half-inch of rain, many other herbicides permanently lose the ability to provide residual control when dry weather hits.

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No-Till Farmer reviews how to manage weeds, should the weather turn hot and dry during the 2014 growing season. 

Iowa State University reports on how to manage weeds should the summer of 2014 become abnormally wet.  The information in this piece is as true today as the day it was written.
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