Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/25/2005
Publication Date: 2/21/2005
Citation: DAVIS, A.S., RENNER, K.A., DYER, L., MUTCH, D. 2005. Integrated weed management guide: One year's seedling. Michigan state University Extension: East Lansing, MI. 112 pp. Interpretive Summary: 'Integrated Weed Management: One year's seeding' is based on the idea that information on weed biology and ecology can help every farmer become a better weed manager. Such information is often tucked away in the scientific literature, or in the minds of experienced farmers. This guide is the result of a series of winter meetings attended by Michigan farmers, MSU Extension agents and research scientists. It brings together field-tested experience from successful growers and Extension agents and insights distilled from more than 50 years of weed science research.
Technical Abstract: Since the introduction of the IPM concept in the early 1970's, there have been repeated calls in the Weed Science literature for the corresponding development of an integrated approach to weed management (IWM). The majority of IWM publications have focused on spray thresholds or means of improving herbicide efficacy, with only a handful investigating new, non-chemical, tools for weed management or ways of integrating existing tools. In this publication, 'Integrated weed management: One year's seeding...,' we provide several types of information to support IWM. First, we develop a weed biology and ecology context in which to ground an IWM approach to weed management. Such information includes weed life histories, seedbank dynamics, modes of dispersal, effects of soil characteristics upon weeds, and the relation between cropping system characteristics and weed ecology. Second, we provide examples of new tools and means of integrating these with existing tools. Finally, we provide profiles for 12 economically important weed species in the North Central Region, with information on biology and management for each species. This guide is part of a continuing improvement process that depends upon collaborative partnerships between producers, extension and research personnel. This ongoing process is designed to identify important weed management problems and solutions, make this information available to producers, solicit feedback from producers regarding the utility of the information and identify knowledge gaps, conduct research to fill knowledge gaps, and publish improved versions of this IWM guide in the future.