University of Minnesota and NDSU Extension sugarbeet agronomist Tom Peters is fielding questions about grass and broadleaf control in wheat. “Some of our programs we’re using in small grains aren’t controlling the grasses anymore. It’s a sugarbeet issue because a lot of my training looks at the whole rotation. If we’re not controlling weeds in wheat, that could potentially be a problem for sugarbeets. The other thing it does is change up the rotation. That’s one area coming up.” Peters says the second thing sugarbeet growers are asking about is waterhemp. “We’ve been talking about waterhemp being a central Minnesota or southern Red River Valley weed. That’s not the case anymore,” says Peters. “Waterhemp is a Red River Valley weed all the way up to the Canadian border. Some of the things we’ll do in late March or early April are designed to train farmers to recognize waterhemp in Pembina County.”
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