Consider a fall herbicide application

Published on: 16:13PM Oct 19, 2010

Gordon Vail

Harvest 2010 is off to a much more timely start than last year. As you look at your fields from the combine, note what weeds you have now, and think about what they looked like last spring.
  • Were winter annuals a problem when you got into the fields last spring? If so, they will likely be back next year. 
  • Do you have perennials in a field? They aren’t going away either. 
  • Are herbicide-resistant weeds a problem? That’s another problem that spreads from year to year.
Depending on harvest and frost timing, a fall herbicide application may be a good option to clean up your fields. A fall herbicide applications before corn help save time in the spring, reduce weed pressure, manage resistance and spread the workload, depending on the weather. Reducing the weed pressure this fall may also help a one-pass residual program work better in next season’s corn.  

Have you used fall herbicide applications in the past? Do you plan to this season?