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Indiana growers have shown increased interest in utilizing cover crops in our corn and soybean production systems over the last decade.  Concurrently, there has also been increased utilization of soil residual herbicides to help manage herbicide-resistant weeds such as marestail (horseweed), waterhemp, and giant ragweed in our corn and soybean production systems.  Soil residual herbicides can remain active in the soil for a period of weeks to months after application.  The length of time a residual herbicide remains biologically active in the soil is influenced by soil texture, soil pH, organic matter, rainfall, and temperature.  Since these factors will vary from field to field, definitive time intervals of residual herbicide activity can be difficult to predict. The use of residual herbicides in our corn and soybean production systems may interfere with establishment of fall seeded cover crops under certain conditions.  Unfortunately, many of the species being used for cover crops[Read More…]









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Many professions must invest in tools specific to their trade to be successful. Besides the typical tools of wrenches, screwdrivers, chisels and hammers, what other items or gadgets would be helpful to be a successful forage producer? People Find professionals that are knowledgeable, responsive, and have a passion for forages – Advisors should provide value Build good working relationships BEFORE a problem occurs Your county’s Purdue Agricultural and Natural Resources Extension Educator and Natural Resources Conservation Service office are valuable resources Join organizations that emphasize forages as a learning opportunity Excellent considerations would be the Indiana Forage Council (indianaforage.org) and your livestock interest association(s) Provides an opportunity to network with people of like interests Resource materials that emphasize forages Forage magazines, websites, podcasts, apps, and publications A great value is the Purdue Forage Field Guide (ID-317) A helpful weed control guide is WS-16-W. Order both at edustore.purdue.edu. Purdue Plant and[Read More…]



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