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Harvest Talk

County Agent News
Dan Folske
August 28, 2017

 

Great harvest weather! Yields vary a great deal around the county but are generally better than expected, especially on early seeded crops. Peas and lentils and early seeded small grains are actually very good in some areas and at least mediocre instead of very poor in other areas. Later seeded crops with poor stands don’t look so good and many canola yields are very poor.

As harvest progresses it is time to think about fall weed control. It is a little early yet and unless you have gotten some rain showers germination of winter annuals may be less than normal. Fall is always the best time to control perennials and winter annuals. Perennials are busy storing carbohydrates into their root system at this time and most methods of weed control will be more effective. Herbicides are translocated into the roots better at this time, and cultivating or even clipping interrupts the plants life cycle and causes them to expend energy on regrowth instead of energy storage thus weakening the plants ability to survive the winter.

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