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Midwest Farmers Are Approaching Weed Control “Train Wreck”

June 28, 2012
By: Rhonda Brooks, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor

Respected weed expert says the days of easy weed control practices are over.


Well-known weed expert Ford Baldwin says his typically optimistic outlook on weed-control issues is downright pessimistic today regarding the future of glyphosate use as a foundation for Midwest farmers’ weed-control programs.

"It will be a grass herbicide in the Midwest in two years," contends Baldwin, owner of Practical Weed Consultants LLC, Austin, Ark., and former University of Arkansas Extension weed specialist.

Baldwin made the gloomy prediction during the Beck’s Hybrids media day in Carmel, Ind., earlier this week.

Baldwin says he has worked and traveled throughout the Midwest the past four summers and has seen the same issues there that predated the weed resistance explosion in southern states.

"I’ve been all over the Midwest, and the last three or four summers you’ve got everything we got—the weed patches, streaks of weeds and grown-up fields," he notes, adding, "People want to sit back and say this problem is a southern problem, but I just say where does the South end and the North begin."

Baldwin talks further about his weed-control outlook and recommends some practices he believes would help farmers more effectively address weed issues.



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