Bug Scout 1981
Start Weed Control Now
(Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University)
Don't think of it as a weed control failure, think of it as successful production of a pheasant habitat!
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November 7, 1981

Harvest is a good time to evaluate your weed control program in row crops.  Watch for weedy areas from the combine seat.  Even better, take a walk through the harvested field.  If new weed show up, get an identification from a specialist.  Watch for movement of weed  populations from fencerows or waterways.  Note common weeds escaped control.

Take a critical look at your weed control program.  If you are not satisfied, try to determine the reasons for lack of control.

Is the weed listed on the product label?  Did the weather this year influence herbicide performance?  Was the chemical applied properly?

Next season consider a weed control check plot.  A small spot without herbicide can tell you the value of weed control.  A check plot can also provide information about herbicide injury to the crop.

Don't leave a check plot near the road.  If you do the neighbors will notice and, no double, jump to conclusions about the quality of your farming operations!  
    

by Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University

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