It’s Time

by James Banahan

by James Banahan

The time has come. It’s time to stop spraying our soybeans.

The theme of the week though is I Still Have Weeds In My Beans. That’s the gist of about every phone call I’ve gotten this week and the status of every field I’ve been through. In some cases, the fields are downright ugly—I know.

But. We’ve hit some of these fields three times. And while we’ve been able to slow the weeds, you know that they came right back. Right now, we’re also hitting up against harvest restrictions as most herbicides carry a 50-60 day withdrawal period. Additionally, most of our beans are entering the reproductive stages—a critical time during which we shouldn’t spray them anyway.

If you need further proof of weeds running amok in 2015, our wheat fields are also showing some serious ugliness too. Think about the seed bank—the weed seed bank—sitting out there right now. Think about the millions of seeds. The millions of DSC_0485weeds just waiting to sprout up next season. If you’re with me in my horror of such a thought, this might just be the year to enact a fall herbicide program. Consider it a way to express your disgust to next year’s weeds.

While we can only learn patience from our current weeds, it doesn’t mean that we don’t have options for reducing foreign matter when we harvest. A harvest aid program with a product like Sharpen can help kill the weeds that are still growing or might still be emerging. Of course, that’s a different kind of management program with different preparation, but a potential option, especially if you’re among the many producers suffering a scourge of weeds this season. If you have any questions or concerns contact your local agronomist for a potential solution to your situation.