Some reports have come from folks concerned by the lack of Palmer amaranth response to applications of dicamba plus glyphosate applied in the last 10 days. I expect to get more of these calls as I have seen similar results in our research this spring. Continue reading
The University of Tennessee Weed Tour has been cancelled. Due to the covid-19 virus no large groups are allowed to visit a University research station. Since we cannot have an in-person tour, we plan to post some short videos on the UT Crops News Blog highlighting some of the more interesting research from this summer.
Due to little time and very few good spray days some corn fields have yet to have their lay-by application. Corn is putting on a new leaf every 3 days with all the heat and water. Therefore time is short before it will be too mature to apply any herbicide safely over the top.
The most asked question “is how large can corn be before glyphosate could potentially cause injury”? The glyphosate label states it can be applied up through the V8 corn growth stage. My experience has been if glyphosate is applied to corn larger than that it can at times cause ears to be barren. This phenomena is difficult to predict ahead of time as it can vary due to maturity of the corn at application, hybrid and weather. Continue reading
As most know by now, on June 3rd the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit vacated the labels for XtendiMax, FeXapan and Engenia. The question since is how do we proceed from here controlling weeds in Xtend cotton and soybean?
The folks at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) have stated that until they get direction from the Environmental Protection Agency to the contrary, growers can still apply those herbicides according to the label directions. How long this will be is uncertain. It could be just a day, several weeks or depending upon legal maneuvers, well into July. Continue reading
Glyphosate is no longer an effective Johnsongrass herbicide in Shelby and Tipton counties. This problem appears to have spread, as field observations as well as follow-up research over the past 2 years would indicate that glyphosate is no longer effective on Johnsongrass in a few fields in Crockett, Fayette, Madison, Haywood and Lauderdale counties. Only the counties near the Kentucky line seem to be getting adequate control of Johnsongrass with glyphosate in most every field. Continue reading
This week will be the start of the early POST applications in cotton. These applications are often critical to not only curtail weed competition but to combat thrips injury as well. The biggest concern with these applications is injury to the young cotton plants. Continue reading
Recent burndowns that are targeting Palmer amaranth with paraquat are working quite well on that weed. Unfortunately, that is not the case on some grass weeds like barnyardgrass, junglerice and crabgrass. Once those grasses get 4” or more in height paraquat often struggles to provide good control. Continue reading
As we get closer to wheat harvest Italian ryegrass has become very apparent in some wheat fields in West Tennessee. At this point it is too late to try to control this weed with a herbicide. However, it is a very visual reminder that the best time to control ryegrass in wheat is in the fall. Continue reading