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2016 MSU Weed Tour = June 29th!

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

E. Hill

Mark your calendars for the upcoming MSU Weed Tour. Details about the tour can be found the newsletter “2016 MSU Weed Tour” by Drs. Christy Sprague and Bernie Zandstra. We’re expecting a great turn out as usual to see the latest and greatest in weed science research and recommendations from the Departments of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences and Horticulture.



MSPC Sponsored Herbicide Resistance Video

Monday, October 5th, 2015

-E. Hill

MSPC video

Detection and Confirmation of Herbicide Resistant Weeds in Michigan

Collect weed seeds now if resistance is suspected

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

-E. Hill

If you suspect that you have herbicide resistant weeds in your fields, now is the time to collect seed and have it tested. This week I began my new role as the Weed/Herbicide Diagnostician with MSU Diagnostic Services. One of my main responsibilities is continuing the herbicide resistance screening that has been conducted in Christy Sprague’s laboratory the past several years. The Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee has agreed to continue to suplement the costs of this testing for soybean growers so that they may submit samples free of charge. Species that are eligible for the free testing include amaranth species (Palmer amaranth, common waterhemp, Powell amaranth), maretail/horseweed, common and giant ragweed, and common lambsquarters. A minimum of 5 plants with mature seed present should be collected, stored in a sealed paper bag and mailed or brought into Diagnostic Services (578 Wilson Rd., Room. 107, East Lansing, MI 48824-6469). Please also send in a completed form with your submission (MSPC resistance screen form).

The turn around time for results can  be 2-3 months to allow us to clean samples, break seed dormancy, grow and treat seedlings in the greenhouse, and assess control.

Stay tuned as I develop some photos and other materials to ensure the best collection of samples.


Recently this topic has been in the MI news:

Consider collecting seeds from weed escapes if you think they may be resistant to herbicides  -MSUE, Bruce MacKellar

Also,  stay tuned for a video that Christy Sprague and I recorded with MSPC this week further detailing detecting and confirming resistance.



Registration now open for the 2015 MSU Weed Tour- July 1st

Monday, May 18th, 2015

-E. Hill

Registration is now open for the 2015 MSU Weeds Tour.

Details regarding the tour can be found at: 2015 MSU Weeds Tour

Or go directly to the registration page at: MSU Events Management System

*We are now using the MSU Events Management System, which allows us a secure method to take credit card payments online and should help speed up check-in the day of the event.

Heading out to the 2014 research and demonstration plots.

Heading out to the 2014 research and demonstration plots.

We hope to see you at the Tour!

2015 Sugarbeet planting & new graduate students

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

-E. Hill

And so it begins. Today we were able to plant all of our sugarbeet studies at the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center and put down our preemergence herbicide applications. This year’s studies at SVREC will focus largely on controlling glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth and horseweed/maretail within this glyphosate-tolerant crop.

You will also notice in the photo below one of our new Master’s students, Kelsey Rogers, who will be studying the management of multiple-resistant Palmer amaranth in soybean using a combination of herbicide programs and a rye cover crop. Also joining the team is Dan Wilkinson who will also be working towards his M.S. Dan’s project will focus on herbicides containing the new active ingredient bicyclopyrone. Both Kelsey and Dan began their coursework this January.

Getting ready to apply our preemergence herbicide applications to sugarbeets

Getting ready to apply our preemergence herbicide applications to sugarbeets