Weed Control on PlotContributors to this thread:
Michael Schwister 17-May-18
Pat Lefemine 18-May-18
HI everyone. New to food plot construction. My crops are just popping out of the ground here in MA and my question is, What type of weed/grass control can I use on the plot now that it starting to come up without harming crop? I have Corn, Chufa, Purple Top turnips and a Clover/Alpha alpha mix. I appreciate all your input folks....
From: Michael Schwister
If you have seperate plots of each you have options to meet the requirements for each situation. Broadleaf weeds in corn? 2-4D Flexor is an option. Grass weeds in legumes? Cleth (arrow)broad leaf weeds in clover? 2,4-DB (Butrac). If everything is mixed your only options were pre-emerge herbicides, so walk around with a hoe like my grandfather did
From: Pat Lefemine
Mike is correct, it depends on your crops. I imagine they are separate plots. At least, they should be. Also, I don't plant turnips this early in the season, control the weeds all spring and summer through spraying and when you plant your brassicas in late summer, early fall, they will out-compete any leftover weeds. For Chufa, I don't know if there is anything that can be sprayed since Chufa is basically just a sedge with a lot of nuts in the roots, so most sprays will kill it. I had to hand-weed my chufa which sucked, but they came up great. Also, I only plant Roundup Ready Corn but if yours is not RR, spray 2-4D.
In my Chicory clover plots my best method of weed control is to mow. I have tried weed killer but mowing about 3-4 times a season is best.
You guys are great....Fantastic info for this rookie planter of the crops....lol..
For general control during spring/summer prior to Brassicas...Round up? Also, are there opinions on the better (non-battery) back pack sprayer?
Pa t you can use poast or clethodim and butrac in your chufa j. Thanks don’t use basagram I’ve been doing it for years not trying to hijack the thread Lewis