November 18th, 2013
Just last week Dr. Christy Sprague published a new extension bulletin titled “Multiple herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth in Michigan: Keys to management in soybean, corn and alfalfa.” This bulletin reflects our research findings after studying Palmer amaranth the past 3 summers in Michigan. In addition to being available on MSUweeds.com, this bulletin will also be included at the end of the 2014 Weed Control Guide for Field Crops (E-434). Click on the image below to view the bulletin.
November 3rd, 2013
In mid-September we began harvesting sugarbeets, followed by soybeans, corn, and the last of the organic dry beans were hand harvested at the end of October. Only a couple studies remain as we plant wheat, till, and prepare for next year. Over the winter our greenhouse research program picks up and we disseminate what we have learned at winter meetings.
Last dry bean hand harvest at the MSU Agronomy Farm
November 1st, 2013
- E. Hill
We had a great turn out for the 3rd Annual Weed Science Pumpkin Carving Contest. We choose to have a theme this year: Despicable Me. Our winning pumpkin was #6 designed by Crop and Soil Sciences senior, Megan Tomlin. The second and third runners up were pumpkins decorated by CSS graduate students Amanda Goffnett (#2) and Amanda Harden (#3). Congratulations!
October 28th, 2013
Dr. Christy Sprague recently completed a 2 year study on the control of windgrass in winter wheat. As a result of this study she has produced a new extension bulletin with common windgrass information on properly identifying the weed and keys to successful management. You can find the new bulletin at MSUweeds.com in the Extension Publications section or by clicking on the image below.
October 9th, 2013
After a day of working in our research plots in the fall I often find weed seeds in my pockets, shoes, and even in my hair. Today we were pulling our final Palmer amaranth plants from two of our studies in Middleville, MI, where we have been studying the growth and development and potential control options for this weed. At this time of year many weeds are already bearing mature seeds, and Palmer is no exception. Because Palmer amaranth is still relatively new to Michigan and because it is both glyphosate and ALS resistant, we are always careful to ensure that we do not transport seeds from these previously infested sites to other locations by cleaning of our trucks and equipment and cleaning of our shoes. Out of curiosity today I decided to count just how many seeds I found inside of my shoes after working in the plots for around 2 hours. I ended up with 25 seeds, plus I probably had a few more I had already dumped out of my pockets before counting. I think this is a good reminder to everyone that we are just as likely to be transporting seeds as are animals and equipment.
Palmer seeds were on top and underneath my insoles
Seed and sand contents of my shoes