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Keeping it Real on the Farm

Keeping it Real on the Farm

All the tech in the world won't dry or warm your ground, but after planting there's more to consider.

This tech blog focuses on a range of things - for a short-attention-span ag nerd what would you expect? It occurred to me as we're all waiting around for the ground to dry out and warm up that we're darn focused on planting, but after that crop is in the ground we'll need to do more.

Weed control is such a hot topic these days that everyone is doing what they can to tell the resistant weed story. I ran across an interesting infographic recently from a friend over at BASF that kind of shows key weeds to look out for in 2013. They call them "Watch-Out" weeds and the graphic on this page shows you what I mean.

AT A GLANCE: These "Watch Out" Weeds have shown resistance to at least one product, and often to more than one.

Essentially the Weed Science Society of America has quantified the weeds in each state that have already shown signs of resistance to at least one herbicide active ingredient. It's a quick, graphical refresher to keep in mind as you're finalizing that weed control plan for this year.

Identifying tough-to-control weeds doesn't sound much like a tech story, but given the tech you need to prevent resistance, I see the link. So check out that graphic (thanks BASF) and note potential problems in your field.

If you have a weed that you're not controlling after a couple herbicide sprays of the same product, admit it - that's not a skip. It's a resistant weed.

Changing up herbicide sites of action, looking for different control methods, and getting in when weeds are small are all tips that work.

Here's a tech tip you may not believe: The next silver bullet is not coming. Every crop protection company and weed science expert I talk with tells me that we have to learn to control weeds with what we have now. The pipeline doesn't have some super new herbicide coming along that'll do what glyphosate or atrazine or some other top-level product will do.

So preserving the technology you have today does offer a return on investment for 2013 and beyond.

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