Weed management is an evolving issue as the science of managing these yield robbers changes. And the rise of tougher-to-control weeds enhances that challenge.

One tactic that's become more popular is making a fall herbicide application designed to get you off to a good start next spring. However, is that an approach that makes sense for your farm? That's a decision you'll have to make, but we contacted key Midwest weed specialists to explore the topic in more depth.

"It's kind of a mixed situation," says Mike Owen, weed specialist, Iowa State University. "I have never been a strong proponent of fall weed control with the exception of where you have a lot of winter annuals." He notes that generally, fall applied herbicide is "never as good as a spring application of a residual herbicide."