Fallow Ground Managment

Fallow Ground Managment

For those producers who have fallow ground this winter, now may be an opportune time to manage some of those unwanted plants that can cause havoc on the next intended crop for those acres.  For example: Marestails, various brome species, jointed goat grass, feral rye, etc.

All of the above plants germinate in the fall/winter timeframe and and are much easier to kill when small.

There are several longer term residual products that can be applied to fallow going to beans or corn, such as Basis or Autumn, but if nothing else just a healthy dose of glyphosate and phenoxy type of herbicide will be economical and beneficial and have less rotational issues.

Keeping fallow ground clean is beneficial in soil moisture retention, nutrient retention, lower chemical costs in the following applications, and reduces the chances of a hard to kill weed surviving. It is good stewardship. It is good farming.

An example of a typical, lower cost, winter applied tank mix for fallow ground would be:

1 pound of active glyphosate (24 ounce RT Master, 32 ounces Cornerstone, etc.)

1 pt. of Banvel/ 24D (Brash, Weedmaster, etc.) or 5 to 6 ounces Dicamba with or without 8 ounces LV6

Surfactant.

 

 

 

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