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Issue No. 13, Article 2/June 29, 2012

July 24 Field Tour to Address Management of Herbicide-Resistant Weeds

The public is invited to join members of the University of Illinois weed science program and our industry partners for an on-farm tour in Douglas County on Tuesday, July 24. We will view field research plots and discuss strategies for managing herbicide-resistant weed populations. Weed scientists from the University of Illinois, Southern Illinois University, and the University of Tennessee will address these topics:

  • How herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth has changed farming practices in the mid-south, and why herbicide-resistant waterhemp could potentially do the same in the Midwest--Dr. Larry Steckel (University of Tennessee)
  • Selecting spray additives and application techniques to improve control of herbicide-resistant weeds with alternative herbicide chemistries--Dr. Bryan Young (Southern Illinois University)
  • The evolution of herbicide resistance in Illinois and implications for the future--Dr. Patrick Tranel (University of Illinois)
  • Management techniques for waterhemp populations with resistance to multiple herbicides--Dr. Aaron Hager (University of Illinois)

Bus transportation will be available at 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. from the southwest parking lot of the University of Illinois Assembly Hall (where participants will leave their vehicles) to the Douglas County field, at the intersection of county roads 1450N and 850E.

At the field, participants will rotate among the four 20-minute presentations. After the field tour, attenders will be transported to the Bayer CropScience research station in rural White Heath for a complimentary lunch and additional presentations on topics related to herbicide-resistant weeds. After lunch, buses will return to the Assembly Hall parking lot, where Dr. Bob Wolf, retired extension agricultural engineer, and Dr. Scott Bretthauer, University of Illinois extension specialist, will present a 90-minute "On-Target Application Academy" describing the latest techniques and technologies to improve herbicide deposition and reduce the potential for off-target movement.

This educational offering is a collaboration between the U of I weed science program and our industry partners at Bayer CropScience, Valent, and BASF. If you would like to attend, please register at events.SignUp4.com/RespecttheRotation2012.--Aaron Hager

Aaron Hager

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