1/2/18: Chemical Considerations for 2018

Winter has finally set in on us as I write this my outside thermometer reads just barely above 0. Cold days like this are a good time to gather some information and start considering chemical programs for next spring. Waterhemp, marestail, velvet leaf, and shattercane all were problem weeds that I looked at in my area in 2017 and this is a good time to make plans to insure that they do not show up again in 2018.

I feel that 2018 is going to be the start of a movement in my area to start running more 2 pass corn programs. Historically we have used one pass programs and had good success but in recent years we have been running into some escapes. I have discussed multiple pass programs on corn on many occasions this fall and winter so far and I look for that to continue to be a hot button issue going into the spring.

With the resistant weeds we contend with today our best defense is getting residual herbicides on later in the season to keep that late flush of weeds from ever getting out of the ground. This is the same concept we have been using in our soybean acres the past 5 years and have been having very good success in keeping beans clean.

There are more options for weed control available in 2018 going forward than we have had in recent years, take some time to sit down and evaluate which one works best for your acre in 2018. If you would like to discuss chemical programs and options for this spring contact your local SFG agronomist we would be happy to discuss that with you.

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