Key Issues Perspective: Weeds in corn must be controlled
Waddington agreed by saying that weed control still needs to be handled case by case. He also agreed with a point that Bloomberg constantly emphasizes—zero-tolerance weed control or no driver weed left in a field.
Farmers who ignore weeds at the edge of a field or the end rows are looking for trouble, Waddington suggested.
“Farmers have said they missed a few weeds on the end rows. I don’t think they were missed. I think they might be resistant ones. In either case, a few weeds one year means a lot more next year,” Waddington said. “It would be an excellent idea to hand weed those missed or escaped weeds. We are not talking about walking whole fields, but a few acres on the end rows. Whether they are resistant or escapes, you remove them before they go to seed.”
Those end-row weeds can quickly be spread by a combine more than by nature.
Farmers have to recognize the weed populations at the edge and the middle of their fields and develop cultural and herbicide weed control programs. Waddington said, “Farmers need to be encouraged to do more scouting or have assistance with scouting throughout the season.”