Archive for the ‘Videos’ Category

Palmer amaranth ID video

Friday, June 14th, 2013

-Erin Hill (Taylor)

Just this week we finished production on our Palmer amaranth identification video. We hope that this will be the first of a series of videos helping to identify and manage this herbicide-resistant weed in Michigan.

New video featuring Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center

Monday, January 21st, 2013

-E. Taylor

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.

Weeds featured on CBS Sunday Morning Show

Monday, August 27th, 2012

-E. Taylor

Weedy Wonder of the Week (9.28.11)

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

-E. Taylor

As the field season is winding down we are moving back into the greenhouses. These Weed Wonder of the Week photos come from undergraduate student David Reif who is studying the host specificity and control of the parasitic weed dodder (Cuscuta spp.). He is having much better luck getting the dodder to attach to his sugarbeets and weeds this fall, likely because we have a new seed source. David will be presenting his research findings this December at the North Central Weed Science Society meeting in Milwaukee, WI.

Dodder on velvetleaf

Dodder on velvetleaf

Dodder attachment sites

Dodder attachment sites

Double Rotary Hoe

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

- E. Taylor

Sampling and field days have kept us busy over the past several weeks, so there has not been much time to spend at the keyboard, but after a long hiatus from blogging I’m back with lots of pictures and video to share.

Below I have embedded a short video clip of a double rotary hoe in action at one of my on-farm trial sites in Caro, MI. Rotary hoes can be useful tools for “crust busting” before a crop emerges, but they are most frequently used as a means of controlling small weeds in organically produced field crops. The rotary hoe, or in this case double rotary hoe (2 tool bars), is run at speeds ranging from 8-11 mph when the crops are small. It pulls out weeds both in and between the rows. The quick developing roots systems of the crops allow them to remain anchored as the rotary hoe passes. Once crops get larger (e.g. V2-3 for beans), farmers usually switch to some type of cultivator which focuses only on weeds between the crop rows.