Weed Survey — 6th Leaf
Survey for weeds after the 6th leaf stage. Late-season weed infestations do not reduce corn yield nearly as much as early weed competition; however, weeds at this time can harbor destructive insect pests such as thrips, which can vector Fusarium ear rot, and armyworms. Weeds also reduce silage feed quality, slow harvesters by causing wheel slippage or clogging, raise grain moisture content, and provide a seed source to infest subsequent crops. Getting a realistic picture of the weed species present, their growth stage, and numbers is necessary for determining the best management methods.
Recording weed survey results assists in making weed management decisions, including if management is needed, herbicide choice, and cultivation practices. Information collected over a period of years tells you how weed populations are changing and how effective your management operations have been.
How to survey
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