Weed Free NC Campaign on a Roll

Back in January, North Carolina Soybean Producers Association spearheaded a campaign to help fight resistant weeds in North Carolina; the Weed Free NC project. CEO of NC Soybean Producers Charles Hall says up until now it’s been talk, but it’s time for action:

“We launched back in January, but right now is the key time. The message is zero tolerance for resistant weeds. We know that just a few weeds can have a big impact on everyone. Being that it is planting time, we are really stressing to start clean in the spring. Use recommended weed protocols from your specialist and follow their advice on products and usage.”
 

While there are several resistant weeds in the Carolinas and the southeast, the primary target of the Weed Free NC campaign is resistant Palmer pigweed:
 

“With pigweed, even very small ones, they can be a problem. If they are bigger than 2” they are already too big. We are also recommending different modes of action and the products that you are using – don’t rely on a single mode of action all season.”
 

And sometimes, your field or not, the tried and true ‘wrap around’ method will need to be employed:
 

“Start clean and if you have to pull a weed, then pull it, that’s the ‘wrap around’ herbicide. When it gets later in the season especially, its about all you can do is to pull them. We want producers to have vigilance this year and really want producers to take aggressive action to make sure that the resistant weeds don’t have a chance to grow and reproduce.”
 

And, there’s an interactive website for the Weed Free NC campaign to show off the good work that farmers are doing says Hall:
 

“The website is www.weedfreenc.com  there is a place on there that you can put photos and comments about the practices you are using on your farm. We would love to have farmers show us what they are doing. We will run some contests on there later this summer.”

Charles Hall, CEO of the NC Soybean Producers Association and the Weed Free NC initiative.


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