Preemergence applications are important right now for controlling purple henbit, marestail, pennycress and tansy mustard before they take hold. Treating weeds early will ultimately save time and money. Hear my tips for preemergence herbicide applications in today’s report.
Mother Nature threw us a curveball last week with a historic snowstorm in Iowa. Despite the delay, the snow should help replenish moisture from the 2012 drought. In my report, I will discuss strategies for preparing fields for late-season planting.
It’s been nearly 14 days since anyone has been in the field. Our fields are saturated, the soil temperature is cool and all we can wonder is when we can get back into the field. In the last two weeks we’ve had 4-7 inches of water, depending on where you are in my area, so we are extremely saturated compared to where we were this time last year. A lot of things need to be done these next few weeks while farmers are waiting to get into the field. We have a lot of dry fertilizer, anhydrous and corn and soybean preemergence herbicide programs to get on before the corn and soybeans emerge.
Mother Nature has given us an interesting spring. Snow and lower-than average temperatures in mid-April have been a challenge for farmers who are waiting to get into the fields. In today’s report, I’ll provide recommendations for preparing a clean seedbed and controlling grass and broadleaf weeds that have already emerged.
As I have been traveling throughout my territory, I’m starting to see corn and soybean fields that are starting to green up a little bit. As I speak with growers, they are also expressing concern that if we are seeing this much weed pressure now, what is the summer of 2013 going to look like. In today’s report I’ll tell you why we are having so much weed pressure now and how are we going to combat the issue for 2013.