A fairly quick harvest through much of the Corn Belt, moderate temperatures, and added moisture from Hurricane Sandy – gave weeds an opportunity to get established this fall. Jeff Carpenter, corn portfolio manager with DuPont Crop Protection says after a fall like this – controlling weeds with multiple modes of action is vitally important.
“Harvest was so early, the fields were generally open, we’ve had enough moisture, and the yields weren’t exactly what we had put fertilizer out there for – we’ll see the weeds take advantage of that,” he says. “As we come into next spring – we predict there is going to be a heavy infestation of the typical winter annual spectrums.”
Which Carpenter says means farmers should be proactive with their weed control this fall.