UT Weed Tour will be held this Wednesday June 21, 2023

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JACKSON, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will host the annual Weed Tour this Wednesday, June 21 at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center. The guided tour will feature about 40 weed management research tests in cotton, corn and soybean. This tour will qualify for Commercial applicator 3 points in categories C01, C04, C10 and C12 as well as CCA 3 points for Crop Management.

Weed Tour runs from 9 – 12:00 a.m., with registration opening at 8:30 a.m. A light breakfast will be served.

Larry Steckel, UT Extension weed specialist, will lead the tour, along with Dr. Lauren Lazaro, Senior Agronomist with Blue River Technology.

“Most of the research featured in the 2023 Weed Tour involves management of glyphosate-resistant grass species and multiple herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth,” says Steckel. “Management of these weeds in Liberty, Axant, glyphosate, Xtend and Enlist weed control systems along with some of the new herbicide traits on the horizon in cotton and soybeans will be highlighted.”

Steckel says the tour will also cover research-based strategies to manage the increasing problem with glyphosate-resistant grass species, as well as glyphosate/PPO/dicamba-resistant Palmer amaranth.  A tractor-mounted See & SprayTM test system from John Deere that uses visual recognition and machine learning to selectively spray pesticides in crop fields rather than broadcasting herbicides over the entire area will be demonstrated.

At the conclusion, tour leaders will be available for consultation, as well as discussion of issues and product performance.

The West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center is located at 605 Airways Boulevard, Jackson, Tennessee. Upon arrival, follow signs to the weed management research plots. For directions, or more information, call 731-425-4717.

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu



Larry Steckel, Professor, UT Department of Plant Sciences, 731-425-4705, lsteckel@utk.edu

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