Weeds in warm-season pastures can be an annual battle, and producers should prepare their spray equipment to win the war.
Now is a good time to calibrate equipment and reflect on the previous year’s weed and pest insect issues to apply successful treatments to warm-season pastures, said Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, forage specialist, Overton.
“Take the time to calibrate sprayer equipment to make sure it is working properly,” she said. “As it sits over winter the rig may be displaced or dirt dobbers or other bugs might have gummed the nozzles up. The main thing to make sure it’s putting out the correct amount of herbicide or insecticide intended.”
Too much or too little product application on a hayfield can cost producers, Corriher-Olson said. Spraying too much increases the cost of an application and could be against the label recommendation, which is the law. Too little application could be ineffective and require additional treatments.
“Proper calibration could mean huge savings because those applications represent money,” she said. “It’s worth the time to check.”
Corriher-Olson said her site https://foragefax.tamu.edu/ has several publications that focus on weed control and management of pastures and forages, including links to assist with weed identification.
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