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Cotton Weed Control Thoughts

Cotton Weed Control Thoughts (Pulled From Irwin County Newsletter) (Use only labeled products and follow all labeled directions and restrictions):


Scenario One: Large pigweed with enough in-crop dicamba for two applications: Spray labeled Roundup + dicamba immediately, wait 7 to 10 days and then make a second application; 12 days later run the lay-by rig with either 1) Direx + MSMA + Crop Oil if grasses are not up or 2) Roundup + Direx if grasses are up (add Envoke with lay-by if morningglory or nutsedge is a problem).


Scenario Two: Large pigweed with enough in-crop dicamba for one application: Spray labeled Roundup + dicamba immediately, wait 7 to 10 days and then make a Liberty tank mix application; 12 days later run the lay-by rig with either 1) Direx + MSMA + Crop Oil if grasses are not up or 2) Roundup + Direx if grasses are up (add Envoke with lay-by if morningglory or nutsedge is a problem).


Scenario Three: Large pigweed with no dicamba available. Sequential Liberty applications will be best approach although less effective than either dicamba system above. We were able to obtain a new state label for Liberty shortening intervals between sequential applications which will improve control (will be sending this information in another blog soon).
Other Thoughts:

  1. Tavium registration was not revoked and therefore the herbicide is not impacted as of now.
  2. The Enlist program of herbicides are following a similar path to that of Engenia, Fexapan, and XtendiMax in the court system. No one can predict the future.
    In Georgia, we have all worked so hard to steward every pesticide and we should collectively be proud! However, this is a wakeup call in several ways. First, we must work together even harder generating sound science to preempt this type of situation in the future. Second, for those few growers who have down played the importance of using all pesticides wisely, what a wakeup call!!!!