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Weed ID (05/04/17)

Calls and weeds ID photos are coming in for ID again this year like most other years. The two plants most asked are the following. Yellow Whitlowwort Fairy Candelabra

Weed ID

Calls and weeds ID photos are coming in for ID again this year like most other years. The two plants most asked are the following.

 

Yellow Whitlowwort

This plant germinates early in the spring like many of the winter annuals. It is in the false flax family (Camelina) and rarely gets more than 4 or 5 inches tall. It has flowered or is in the process of flowering and will die relatively soon in the spring causing very little problem with crop production. It will be controlled by normal seedbed preparation in conventional tillage or by normal preplant burndown herbicides used in no till. Even if no herbicide is applied, it will die within the next couple of weeks.

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Fairy Candelabra

As in the case of yellow whitlowwort calls have been coming in about fairy candelabra (Androsace occidentalis) identification. It has many of the same characteristics as yellow whitlowwort except this plant is in the Primrose family.

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This plant flowers early in the spring like many of the winter annuals. It rarely gets more than 4 or 5 inches tall. It has flowered or is in the process of flowering and will die relatively soon in the spring causing very little problem with crop production. It will be controlled by normal seedbed preparation in conventional tillage or by normal preplant burndown herbicides used in no till. Even if no herbicide is applied, it will die within the next couple of weeks.

Rich Zollinger

Extension Weed Specialist

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