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Weed and pest profiles: waterhemp


By Michael Cruse

Mon, Sep 28th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Over the last couple weeks, I have received multiple extension pieces on weed control, specifically looking at waterhemp. Waterhemp is a very common annual weed that became prominent in the Midwest during the 1980s and the 1990s. The introduction of glyphosate weed control strategies in the mid-1990s helped control waterhemp populations, but since that time waterhemp has developed differing degrees of glyphosate resistance. Coupling this resistance with waterhemp’s ability to cross with other pigweed species makes for an adaptive weed species that is difficult to control.

One way waterhemp gains a competitive advantage in the field is by producing high numbers of seed that can remain viable for several years. Work by Bob Hartzler at Iowa State University shows that waterhemp can produce between 21,000 and 124,000 seeds per plant, depending on plant size. These numbers indicate that even small waterhemp plants can add significant amounts of seed into the weed seedbank, leading to control issues for years to come. While weed control may not be the first thing on your mind this harvest season, sitting up in the cab of a combine provides a unique opportunity to do some advanced scouting for next year. Keeping notes on where you see mature, seed producing waterhemp can help direct where to scout early in the spring.

If you do find waterhemp in your field next year, be willing to adapt your weed control strategies. Waterhemp can germinate and emerge over extended periods of time, making single herbicide applications either pre or post-emergence less effective. Recent work in Rochester from University of Minnesota Extension employees Lisa Behnken, Fritz Breitenbach, Jeff Gunsolus, and Phyllis Bongard shows promising results from using dual pass combinations of soil residual herbicides. A dual pass of different residual herbicides kills waterhemp over its extended germination period and helps prevent the buildup of specific herbicide resistance. Please check out the crop blog at www.extension.umn.edu/ for more information on this project.

With good advanced scouting and a diversified management scheme, we will be better able to control difficult weed species such as waterhemp. As always, feel free to stop into the office or give me a call with any questions you may have.

Inexpensive ways to boost a home’s curb appeal

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Curb appeal can go a long way toward making a home more attractive to its inhabitants, as well as prospective buyers, once the house is put on the market. Improving curb appeal is a goal for many homeowners, and while many projects aimed at making h ..... 
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Creative ways to recycle leaves

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Leaves cascading down from trees indicate the arrival of autumn. However, colorful and awe-inspiring autumn leaves can be a hazard if left to lie on the ground too long. Fallen leaves form a dense insulator to protect trees’ roots and prevent co ..... 
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Did you know?

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Fences can provide privacy and transform backyards into calming places to relax and unwind. But fences also may lead to disputes with neighbors if installation is not carried out with etiquette. Always place the fence within your property lines, whi ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 9.21.15

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Today’s article is the autumn edition of your invitation to participate in Hazardous Household Waste collection day. The fall HHW in Fillmore County is scheduled for the first Tuesday in October, that being the 6th this year. The hours for the co ..... 
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Secrets to keeping an organized shed

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

Despite other intentions, homeowners often turn their garages into storage centers for random, little-used items, leaving little to no room for the tools and even vehicles that actually belong in a garage. Such homeowners may turn to sheds to store ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 9.7.15

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Tue, Sep 8th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

I recently wrote several articles concerning the different types of recyclables in Fillmore County. I continue to get questions concerning what is recyclable and what is not. Today I am going to discuss this once again in a shorter form. I hope th ..... 
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Recycling 101 - 8.24.15

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, grocery bags, wrappers, light weight bags, and shrink wrap accounted for 192,600 tons of trash in Minn. in 2013. Some of this was recycled. Most of it was buried in landfills throughout the stat ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Mon, Aug 10th, 2015
Posted in All Home & Garden

The 2015 Fillmore County Fair concluded on July 25. I would assume most of you visited the fair at least one time and many of you made several visits. The 4H projects and animals were exceptional and I heard numerous positive comments concerning th ..... 
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