When It Comes to Good Weed Management, OSU's Todd Baughman Says Start Clean to Stay CleanThu, 17 May 2018 12:02:58 CDT
With more and more acres expected to shift from wheat into cotton in Oklahoma this year, it comes as no surprise to hear from Todd Baughman, Oklahoma State University extension weed management specialist, that his office has started seeing an increase in calls from producers interested in finding out more information on some of the best practices when it comes to keeping fields clean and weed-free for their new cotton crop. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn caught up with Baughman recently at the Lahoma Field Day hosted by OSU Extension, where he spent the day speaking with producers in the area about some of the essentials to weed management regarding summer crops like cotton and soybeans. You can listen to that complete interview by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
“The primary thing we talked about today is the new herbicide technologies that were introduced in cotton last year,” Baughman said. “Those two technologies being the Xtend-Flex technology, which is the cotton that’s tolerant to dicamba and the Enlist technology which is the cotton that is tolerant to 2-4D.”
According to Baughman, having a residual program in place on your farm is very important when using either of these new technologies, from a weed-control standpoint. In addition, he also calls producers’ attention to several of the specific application rules that go hand-in-hand with the proper use of these technologies. He mentioned a few such as utilizing the right nozzle, not spraying in the wind and label directed tank mixing instructions.
For those producers who have not planted a cotton or soybean crop in a while, or perhaps ever, Baughman says his best advice when it comes to good weed management is pretty simple.
“The biggest key for me is: start clean to stay clean,” he remarked. “If you start behind, you’ll probably never catch up. If you stay ahead, though, I think that will lead into a successful management program as we move throughout the season.”
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