Archive for the ‘Weeds’ Category

Cover crops + soil microbes + weed seeds = ?

Friday, June 12th, 2015

-E. Hill

Recently Karen Renner has begun working with MSU’s soil biologist, Lisa Tieman, to explore how cover crops influence the microbiology of the soil and weed seeds. Last week we put tiny mesh bags of weed seeds into an incubation experiment hoping to gain some preliminary information. It is always exciting when different disciplines come together to try to understand a system. After one week of our bags being in the incubators we had some germination and growth of giant foxtail and velvetleaf. We removed the seedlings (pictured below), but it will be interesting to see if germination correlated to any of the factors that Lisa and her team are measuring…stay tuned.

Soil incubation tube with emerged giant foxtail seedlings.

Soil incubation tube with emerged giant foxtail seedlings.

Award winning graduate student posters at 2015 WSSA

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

-E. Hill

Last week the majority of our weed science research team attended the annual Weed Science Society of America meeting in Lexington, KY. We are pleased to report that in the first ever graduate student competition both of our graduate students placed. Jonathan Kohrt tool 1st place amongst the Ph.D. candidate posters and Amanda Goffnett placed 2nd amongst the M.S. student posters. Congratulations to you both! These posters and more from the meeting can now be found on MSUweeds.com/research/presented-research

1st place poster by Jonathan Kohrt

2nd place poster by Amanda Goffnett

2nd place poster by Amanda Goffnett

Economics for non-GMO weed control programs published to MSUweeds.com

Monday, January 19th, 2015

-E. Hill

Each year our program assesses weed control programs for non-GMO soybeans. At the conclusion of the season Dr. Christy Sprague publishes a newsletter comparing the economics of these programs to aid farmers in decision making for the coming season. The 2014 article can now be found on MSUweeds.com under Publications –> Commercial comparisons

Spring review in photos 2014

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

-E. Hill

With a camera constantly at my fingertips I thought a spring review in photos would display what we have been up to lately.

Progressive Forage Grower article: Palmer amaranth…(2014)

Friday, May 16th, 2014

-E. Hill

 

Earlier this month MSU weed scientist, Christy Sprague, published and article for the Progressive Forage Grower titled, “Palmer amaranth: Managing this new weed problem.” This article details the characteristics and  biology of this herbicide-resistant weed and discusses management considerations specific to alfalfa.

PFG