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.
To investigate the effect on wheat herbicides on establishing clover and oilseed radish cover crops after wheat harvest we are in the process of conducting a large greenhouse trial. Here are some photos of spraying Run 1.
This new video from AgBioResearch highlights the importance of facilities, like the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center in Frankenmuth for improving Michigan agriculture. Keep an eye out for some of your favorite weed scientists in the video.
PRE treatment application for windgrass control in wheat
Yesterday Christy Sprague and I traveled up into the thumb to Minden City, MI. Here we have a plot with a grower cooperator looking at windgrass (Apera spica-venti) control in winter wheat. Windgrass is a winter annual grass, so its growing season corresponds well to the wheat season. Today we applied four preemergence treatments and we will return to the sight when the windgrass is ~1″ tall to apply several post-emergence treatments. This will be the second year of this study. The results from the 2011-2012 season can be found on here on MSUweeds.com