Fall herbicide application later than normal
"Fall application isn't the place to spend the bulk of your herbicide dollar," he said. "There are a number of products that are marketed for fall applications with residual that end up being a waste of money."
He advised budgeting between $4 and $12 per acre for a fall application strategy, and noted the importance of controlling species like common and giant ragweed and marestail.
"We've had cases where a dealer talked a farmer into spending $15 to $20, and that is a mistake," he said.
Loux said that if time and energy are an issue following a late harvest, one option is to hire a custom applicator to handle fall herbicide applications.
If field moisture conditions prevent a fall application, he said more aggressive work may be necessary in the spring for problem fields, stressing a good burndown application.
"Field by field, as fields get harvested, and you see a bunch of green, those are candidates for fall application. If you only have a few here or there and you sort of run out of energy, it's not the end of the world."