With planting season coming soon, farmers should address the weeds that could already lurk in their fields. Larry Steckel, Ph.D., of the University of Tennessee, recommends starting the season with a clean, weed-free field.
“There’s no contest. You’ve got to start out clean because if you give them a head start or even just starting with the crop or just a day or two behind, they’re going to quickly get overrun.”
To combat the growing threat that herbicide-resistant weeds pose to soybean farmers, the soy checkoff has partnered with other farmer organizations, herbicide companies and land-grant universities to create the Take Action campaign. Under this program, the checkoff develops tools to help farmers manage weeds with a diverse and comprehensive weed-control program.
For more information and to start using the tools that have already been created, visit the Take Action website at www.takeactiononweeds.com.