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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Weed Control for Colorado Farmers and Wheat Producers

Authors
item Westra, Philip - COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
item Shaner, Dale
item Nissen, Scott - COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
item Haley, Scott - COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
item Johnson, Jerry - COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
item Helm, Alan - COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
item Henry, William

Submitted to: Agriculture Handbook
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: April 1, 2004
Publication Date: April 1, 2004
Citation: Westra, P., Shaner, D.L., Nissen, S., Haley, S., Johnson, J., Helm, A., Henry, W.B. 2004. Weed control for colorado farmers and wheat producers. Popular Publication, 2004 Colorado Wheat Hand Book. p. 58-67.

Interpretive Summary: For crop producers, weeds represent the most complex and expensive pest management challenge that must be addressed on an annual basis. Weeds frequently reduce crop yields by 20 to 50% by their competition for water, nutrients, and sunlight. Weed control is complicated because there are many weeds with different life cycles and various strategies for competing successfully with desirable crops in selected niches. Herbicide resistance also plays a significant role in producer's decisions regarding weed control options. The Clearfield* system enables producers to more effectively manage troublesome grass weeds like jointed goatgrass and feral rye. Finally, each producer must evaluate the economics and efficacy of the various weed control options in order to make the best choice for his farming operation.

Technical Abstract: For crop producers, weeds represent the most complex and expensive pest management challenge that must be addressed on an annual basis. Weeds frequently reduce crop yields by 20 to 50% by their competition for water, nutrients, and sunlight. Weed control is complicated because there are many weeds with different life cycles and various strategies for competing successfully with desirable crops in selected niches. Herbicide resistance also plays a significant role in producer's decisions regarding weed control options. The Clearfield* system enables producers to more effectively manage troublesome grass weeds like jointed goatgrass and feral rye. Finally, each producer must evaluate the economics and efficacy of the various weed control options in order to make the best choice for his farming operation.

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