I thought I had it killed this spring. When i planted this years seed I killed and tilled. I think my tilling is bringing this weed seed back up. Next year I plan on killing and planting w/o tilling. My soil is soft enough so I will just roll the new seed in.
Thanks in advance if you know what this is.
My woods are adjacent to a 200 acre AG field and my soil samples come out good on my PH levels, just needed a bit of fertilizer this year.
I just looked it up and yep, Smartweed. THANK YOU!
This stuff spreads quick. It is well named too, ha. I mowed it early at about 8-10" to about 6". Darn if the stuff did not seem to then stay short and spread all through my plot... UGH, that is 2 years running now with this weed taking over in AUg/Sept.
Years ago I planted a Brassica, turnip mix. It was when I rotated to a clover that this junk started. I think the large leaves of the Brassica and turnips kept the weeds shaded out in the past. Not sure the why of it all but it sure is a bugger to get rid of and the clover is not competing well with it..
On another note, I have a new plot on the east side of my property that I planted a chicory mix from GRO (Nutritionist)and early I had some weeds but I mowed them down twice to about 8". Now that Chicory has flourished. The deer love it, I have a trail cam up and it's cool watching the deer eat those big chicory leaves. Anyhow, the chicory is now grown so it crowded out all those competitive weeds. That plot is a 100% success so not all is bad with my plots. I really enjoy planting food plots.