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Making the decisions on fall weed control can be tricky. Walk through the steps in making those imporant choices with the accompanying decision tree.
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."