If Only We Had a Market for Pigweed

July 12, 2011

Our thanks to Bill Brooks with Mid-South Farmers Cooperative in Alamo, Tennessee, for sharing 3 impressive pigweed photos with us this week.  In fact, if you’re looking for a healthy pigweed specimen, Bill knows exactly where to find it.  He photographed this field on June 20, June 27 and July 4 and as you can see it was a very healthy stand despite this season’s challenges.

June 20 - The sweep net handle is 36 inches tall.

Bill reports:

  • The plants added 20 inches in height every week.
  • The pigweed patch was treated with 2 glyphosate applications, including Staple herbicide in one of those apps.
  • This is NOT Liberty Link cotton or Phytogen.
  • The farmer knew he had the problem early. The extended cotton planting and replanting season coupled with getting the wheat crop out, and short labor were real issues.  Add in excessive rainfall at planting  and that meant the pre-emerge herbicides didn’t allow him much of a chance.
  • Despite this area, the field is still relatively clean. Resistance hasn’t spread field wide yet…although with a couple areas in the field like this, it is well on the way!

June 27 – The sweep net handle is still 36 inches tall with about a 15 inch wide net.

July 4 - Bill might lose his 36 inch tall sweep net in this pigweed patch.


3 Responses to If Only We Had a Market for Pigweed

  1. Harrell Clement on July 12, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Hope you don’t forget you big heavy hoe on your next visit ! ! ! We have created a monster !

  2. Bill Brooks on July 13, 2011 at 11:39 am

    I lost cell phone reception in that patch……lol. Choppers have come and gone this week. Damage done to cotton where this patch is located, but maybe he improved his chances for next crop.

  3. Richard H. Rogers on July 24, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Anyone for Piganol?

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