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Pest Management: Winning the Battle Against Wheat Weeds

May 1, 2017
This agronomic photo shows a kochia weed.

Caption: Kochia

The season-long battle between growers and annual weeds is only just beginning. However, taking an integrated approach to pest management can provide the necessary layers of control that will set the season up for success.

Weeds are one of the top players that decrease wheat yields each year. Growers should be looking out for lamsquarters, ragweed, foxtail, Palmer amaranth, kochia, Russian thistle, mayweed chamomile and wild oat.

Scouting & management tips:

  • Regularly scout fields to identify and control weeds early.
  • Document the presence of weed species before and after making product applications.
  • Keep an eye out for dead weeds near still-growing weeds within the same species. This can often be an indicator of developing resistance.
  • Rotate herbicides with different modes of action to help avoid resistance.
  • Incorporate an herbicide with multiple modes of action and chemical classes into your weed-management plan.
  • Always apply herbicides at the full, labeled rate and at the correct growth state to ensure the most effective control.
  • Consider implementing cultural practices such as tillage and crop rotation to extend the range of available herbicides and agronomic practices.

To control some of the toughest weeds, Syngenta recommends applying Talinor™ , a post-emergence herbicide that delivers excellent standalone control to broadleaf weeds, helping to protect yield and profit potential. Growers can also tank-mix Talinor with Axial® XL or Axial Star to control grass and broadleaf weeds in a complete, efficient one-pass weed control.

Incorporating weed control into pest management plans will provide wheat growers with a necessary level of protection to control weeds and help manage resistance to ultimately grow more wheat.


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