Pulse School: What Happens if you Push the Herbicide Timing Window?

You know the weeds are going to be there eventually, but a really dry start to the 2015 growing season means not just the crop is struggling to emerge and take off. While decreased weed pressure is a good thing, some pulse producers are having to navigate a tricky situation — the weeds are finally coming on, but the crop is more advanced than might be ideal. What do you do?

In this Pulse School episode, Kelvin Heppner asks Allison Friesen of BASF, to outline what conditions farmers throughout much of the pulse growing region are struggling with, and how management may have to change between different pulse crops.

As Friesen explains, those with field peas are in a tight spot as the herbicide timing window can be narrow for this crop, and weeds have emerged quite late compared to an average year. What’s more, she explains why applying a herbicide outside the ideal window impacts the crop differently than within the proper crop stage, if yield is impacted and why you may have some better options in lentil than in pea crops.

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