Field day focuses on weed control, herbicides

August 3, 2017

Lincoln, Neb. — Nebraska Extension’s weed management and cover crops field day was held June 28 at the South Central Agricultural Laboratory near Clay Center. A total of 165 attended, including growers, crop consultants, extension educators, graduate students, industry representatives and other clientele. The event was organized by Amit Jhala, weed management specialist and Roger Elmore, cropping systems specialist

Nebraska’s weed science team members demonstrated several projects for weed control in corn, soybean, sorghum and popcorn that included efficacy, crop safety and comparison of several new herbicides in Nebraska’s unbiased comparison trials.

Stevan Knezevic, integrated weed management specialist, discussed timing of weed control affected by pre-emergence residual herbicide in soybeans. Melinda Yerka, research assistant professor, demonstrated weed control in INZEN sorghum. Robert Klein, western Nebraska crops specialist, discussed factors that can affect off target movement from new dicamba herbicide formulations. Postdoctoral scientists Debalin Sarangi and Zahoor Ganie and graduate students Ethann Barnes, Jacob Ziggafoos, and Parminder Chahal demonstrated research projects on various aspects of weed control.

Elmore, leader of cover crops projects funded by Nebraska Corn and Soybean Board, demonstrated cover crops research along with Chris Proctor, weed science extension educator, and graduate studentAngela Bastidas. Their research included planting dates, plant populations and maturities.

Jhala would like to thank to Irvin Schleufer, Caleb Wilford, Sharon Hachtel, Brianna Schuck and the students for their help with maintaining research projects and organizing field day. Also, Extension educators Jenny Rees, Ron Seymour, Steven Melvin, and Tood Whitney for promoting Field Day and the South Central Agricultural Laboratory staff and summer students for their help.

Amit Jhala
Extension Weed Management Specialist