Farmers may be tempted to just get the crop planted when the planting window gets tight. However, NDSU Extension Weed Specialist Joe Ikley says farmers get need to apply pre-emergence herbicides. “We can get a lot of crop into the ground in a hurry when we plant, but sprayers can’t keep up with planters. If farmers focus on planting the crop in this tight window and going back to apply a pre-emergent herbicide, the crop could be out of the ground.” Ikley says there are options. “If you can keep that sprayer close behind the planter, that’s one thing. Aerial applicators can also be used to apply herbicides.”
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