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ISU hosts annual Weeds Week programs this week

by Ben Nuelle Listen: Money Matters 7-18-16

You have the opportunity to learn about weeds this week. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting the second annual Weeds Week series on herbicide resistance and weed management.

ISU Extension and Outreach will hold one-day programs on weeds tailored to farmers and retailers in five locations across Iowa this week.

They include Crawfordsville, Lewis, Nashua, Sutherland and Boone.

ISU Weeds Specialist Bob Hartzler says the most important thing about weeds is knowing which one you are looking at.

“We just need to know what we are trying to control. If you don’t know what weed you have it is impossible to come up with a control tactic. Usually the first thing to do is know if you are dealing with grasses or broadleaves, perennials or annuals. The simple thing about weed identification is very few plants are adapted to survive in a crop field. It makes it relatively easy to learn what their enemy is.”

Each session will include presentations, hands-on weed management planning, small group discussion and plot tours presented by extension field agronomists.

Attendees will learn how to select herbicides from the herbicide effectiveness table, identify which herbicides to apply and develop their four-year weed management plans for their operation or for customers.

Each location will have a 9:30 a.m. check-in time. The program will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m., with lunch served at noon. There is a $25 registration fee. It includes lunch, refreshments, course materials and publications. ISU asks you pre-register if you plan attending to help with planning. For more information, call 515-294-6429 or anr@iastate.edu.