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Extension: Scout for weeds in winter wheat

March 19, 2014

Although the calendar says that spring begins March 20, I am confident that winter will truly end – sometime soon.

One field task producers may wish to consider as soon as conditions permit is scouting winter wheat for presence of winter annual weeds that survived the winter.

Weed control in wheat is important to local producers because winter wheat is an important part of crop rotation schedules for many local farmers.
Purdue specialists Bill Johnson and Travis Legleiter offered their perspective.

If not controlled early, common broadleaf weeds, such as dandelion, purple deadnettle, henbit, chickweed, Canada thistle and wild garlic can cause problems for the wheat crop as it comes out of winter dormancy.

"These winter annual species that emerge in the fall can remain relatively inconspicuous through the winter but become competitive and troublesome during spring, if they are not controlled early," Bill Johnson said.

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