The weed control season is winding down for sugarbeet growers. Extension Sugarbeet Agronomist Tom Peters says farmers have done a good job of controlling waterhemp. “The only thing that concerns me is an open canopy. Not all of the fields have closed rows. Other places, there are stand challenges. We’ll have to wait to answer the question until August,” says Peters. “If you factor in how dry it’s been and how hard it’s been to get the layby program activated, we’re doing well right now.” Late season weed control could be challenging, but Peters says there aren’t many options for targeting escapes. “We still want farmers to keep an eye on things to know where weeds are for future years.” Peters was a presenter at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center’s Crops and Soils Day.
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