Fall: Most Important Weed Control Time

Oct 19, 2020


If you step back and analyze your weed control program on an annual basis, fall may be the most important time to control weeds in your pastures and hayfields. Although many are small and almost un-noticeable, weeds are germinating in this cool and somewhat damp. Many weeds that you see in the springtime like buttercup,
chickweed, henbit, marestail, buckhorn plantain, musk thistle and many others are up or coming up now.  Check out these three reasons why fall is one of the most important time to control weeds.

#1: Weeds are much easier to kill when they are small. Weeds, when they germinate, take up water and nutrients just like the forages in your hay or pasture fields. Forages spend the winter storing up carbohydrates and other nutrients in their root system to use for the spring growing season.

#2: Removing weeds now will allow more nutrients and carbohydrates to be stored by the grass and not the weeds. Once the weeds are removed some existing forage stools may actually expand by putting on more shoots from that stool.

Point #3 Removing the weeds can actually increase existing grass stands in the spring.
For more information on all these weed control contact your local Co-op or your local Greenpoint Ag Agronomist.
 

Read More News

Jun 06,2022
 Quality fertilizer application is critical every year, but the spotlight is intense on this field-pass given current input costs. No matter the application system used, factors such as weather, humidity, and field conditions can make quality applications difficult to achieve. However, accurate and precise application can be attained by regularly testing for calibration and uniformity, and machine maintenance
May 16,2022
Based on a Prospective Plantings report released on March 31 from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistic Service (NASS), Tennessee farmers  farmers intend to plant an estimated 970,000 acres of corn in 2022, 50,000 lower than 2021. U.S. corn growers intend to plant 89.5 million acres for all purposes in 2022, down 4% from 2021 and 1% lower than 2020.
 
May 02,2022
For those not familiar with it, the incredibly innocuous name “plant bug” might illicit a chuckle on first hearing.
“Aren’t all bugs plant bugs?” you may ask. But for fruit, vegetable, and row-crop farmers — cotton producers, in particular — plant bugs are no laughing matter, and their name is synonymous with expensive inputs and lowered yields. Increased numbers of the insect, more specifically, the tarnished plant bug (TPB), are creating big problems within the cotton industry in parts of the Southeastern U.S.