Below is some information related to peanut weed control provided by Dr. Eric Prostko as we close out the month of June and enter into July.
A few things to consider as we head into July:
1) Cobra or Ultra Blazer applications should be avoided if possible when the peanut plants are in the R5 (beginning seed) to R6 (full seed) stage of growth (Figure 1). Results from a 9 location study conducted in 2005-2006 indicated that Cobra applied at this time could cause a significant peanut yield loss (~5%).
|Figure 1. Peanut Stages of Growth.|
2) Nearly all 2,4-DB labels limit the official number of applications that can be made in peanut to 2. Results from trials conducted in 1997 indicated that peanut plants (Florunner and GK-7) were tolerant of multiple applications (1, 2, or 3) of 2,4-DB. Research is currently underway in 2015 to confirm these older results using GA-06G. Check out Figure 2 for a list of how much and when 2,4-DB can be applied according to current labels.
|Figure 2. Summary of 2,4-DB labels for use in peanuts.|
3) On more than 1 occasion this year, growers have accidently applied 2,4-D amine rather than 2,4-DB to peanut plants. Fortunately, we have a good idea what could happen to peanut yields when this occurs (not that bad depending upon rate and peanut stage of growth). Check out the following UGA Extension publication:
“Not a rocket scientist for sure but I am thinking that is a great idea to read and check the label (or at least look at it) of any pesticide jug before dumping it into a spray tank. As my father once told me, fast and ready sets the pace but slow and steady wins the race!”