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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT FOR ALASKA AGRICULTURE Title: Controlling white sweetclover with herbicides and non-chemical methods

Authors
item Conn, Jeffery
item Seefeldt, Steven

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: September 19, 2009
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: White sweetclover is spreading in urban areas, roadsides and glacial floodplains in Alaska and effective methods are needed to limit competition and to eradicate new populations. White sweetclover is a biennial and populations can contain either all 1st-year, all-2nd-year or mixed-age plants. We studied the effectiveness of the herbicides chlorsulfuron, 2,4-DB, clopyralid, dicamba + diflufenzopyr, triclopyr, and 2, 4-D for controlling seedling white sweetclover using greenhouse studies. All herbicides except 2,4-DB reduced dry matter of seedlings at rates below recommended doses. Based on these results, we studied the ability of chlorsulfuron, clopyralid, triclopyr and 2,4-D to control established white sweetclover plants in the field. Efficacy of flaming and cutting were also investigated. In the field, none of the herbicides reduced white sweetclover biomass in 2006, but in 2007, all the herbicides reduced biomass, especially chlorsulfuron and 2,-D at recommended rates (17.6 and 1600 g ai/ha) with 97% and 90% control. Clopyralid and triclopyr at recommended rates (210 and 1260 g ai/ha) and at 1/2X reduced viable seed production, but only chlorsulfuron at 17.6 g ai/ha eliminated viable seed production. Flaming killed 1st –year white sweetclover but some 2nd year plants resprouted and viable seed was produced. Cutting white sweetclover at either 2.5 or 10 cm height above ground did not effectively control 1st-year plants due to regrowth from below the cut. Density and viable seed production of 2nd-year plants was reduced by cutting at 2.5 cm but not by cutting at 10 cm above the ground.

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