Soybean – Weeds Free?

Previously we discussed the possible benefits of using a pre-emergence soil applied herbicide application in a 2-pass weed management plan.  Those benefits include protecting yield, providing a wider window for a post-emergence application and as a resistance management strategy. In this installment we look at the effect of weed emergence, following a pre-emergence application, on […]

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Problem Weed Guide

Volume 1 of the inaugural “Problem Weed Guide for Ontario Crops” includes management strategies for 19 species in corn, soybean and cereal crops that is cited from work conducted by the University of Guelph Department of Plant Agriculture as well as other peer reviewed studies. This 176 page guide features over 175 images and 50 […]

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Has the adoption of genetically engineered (GE) crops resulted in more herbicide resistant weeds in Ontario?

The increased acreage of genetically engineered (GE) crops planted in Ontario has not led to an increase in herbicide resistant weeds according to results from the University of Guelph’s testing laboratory. Table 1 summarizes the number of species confirmed as resistant to common herbicides used in Ontario over the past 40 years. There are currently […]

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Should 2,4-D be used to control weeds in emerged winter wheat during the fall?

Co-written by Joanna Follings, Cereal Specialist Should you use 2,4-D to emerged wheat in the fall to control weeds? The short answer is no. First, the label clearly states under the “Application Timing” section: “Do not apply to seedling winter cereals in the fall.” Second, there are other labelled and less injurious herbicide options that provide […]

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Controlling common burdock

Effective control of common burdock doesn’t happen overnight and is most successful when you can control new seedlings in the spring followed by controlling any larger first year plants in the fall so that they don’t overwinter, flower and disperse new seed the following year . Common burdock (Arctium minus) is a biennial that reproduces only […]

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Fall Weed Management Tips

Many farmers have witnessed the value in applying herbicides in the fall to perennial weeds, especially perennial sow-thistle and dandelion (Figure 1). Often they will see a reduction in their population the next year as well as a delay in their shoot emergence. This allows the planted crop to have a competitive advantage over those […]

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Weed Inspectors Conference 2017

The annual weed inspectors conference is scheduled for Thursday April 12th, 2018 at the Victoria East Golf Course, Guelph, Ontario. The cost is $75 (HST included) and includes morning snacks, lunch and resource material. The objective of this conference is to provide an overview of the Weed Control Act, administrative and enforcement duties conducted by weed […]

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Steel in the field

I recently was asked if I knew of any good resources for farmers wishing to reduced herbicide use or transition to organic production. My favourite is called “Steel in the field – a farmer’s guide to weed management tools” Edited by Greg Bowman and published by the Sustainable Agriculture Network. If you want a print […]

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