The Weed Free NC Program is just about 18 months old, and Wes Everman, Weed Science Specialist with NC State Extension says the program is being embraced by ag producers across the state:
“I have seen a very positive response from the growers in the state and a lot of retailers as well. Most people are getting on board with the message and if they haven’t already adopted the message, they are now starting to incorporate the principles into their operations.”
And it’s much more than chemicals explains Everman:
“The chemicals are one part, but its really an integrated approach including scouting, hand weeding late in the season to make sure we don’t have seeds return to the soil. Its taking several aspects of weed management and rolling them into one plan to really take control.”
Speaking of hand weeding, Everman says if you see a resistant weed in someone else’s field, don’t be shy, do something about it.
And alternating modes of action with herbicides is crucial says Everman:
“We are relying pretty heavily on a few modes of action right now. Implementing a rotating schedule of your herbicides or multiple modes of action in a season is crucial in the longevity of our herbicide program.”
Rotation of crops is also playing an integral role in resistant weed management:
“One thing we have seen is sorghum is not for everyone but we have been seeing really good weed management with palmer by rotating sorghum into the mix.”
NC State Extension Weed Specialist, Wes Everman.