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Subtelomeric Rearrangements Cause Glyphosate Resistance in Eleusine indica. Nicholas A. Johnson*1, Nathan D. Hall2, Qin Yu3, Chun Zhang4, Eric L. Patterson1; 1Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2Michigan State, East Lansing, MI, 3University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, 4Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Guangzhou, China (129)

Genomic structural variation (SV) can have profound effects on an organism's evolution. Copy number variation (CNV), a source of SV, is associated with adaptive evolution in eukaryotes. Resistance to the most widely used herbicide, glyphosate, has evolved through CNV in many weedy plant species, including the economically important cosmopolitan grass, Eleusine indica (goosegrass). We obtained high-quality reference genomes for both glyphosate-susceptible and -resistant goosegrass, fine assembled the duplication of glyphosate's target site gene enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase (EPSPS), and revealed a novel instance of subtelomeric CNV of EPSPS leading to herbicide resistance evolution. Therefore, the association of subtelomeric CNV with adaptive evolution is evident in E. indica, adding to limited knowledge of the importance of subtelomeres as rearrangement hotspots and novel variation generators. We hypothesize glyphosate resistance is conferred by the translocation of EPSPS from its native location on chromosome three into the subtelomeric region and subsequent duplication in this region.

 

 

Confirmation of Paraquat Resistance in Horseweed (Erigeron canadensis) in New York. Bethany M. Schulteis*1, Elizabeth C. Maloney2, Caio A. Brunharo3, Lynn M. Sosnoskie2; 1Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2Cornell University, Geneva, NY, 3Penn State University, University Park, PA (245)

Herbicides are the most popular form of weed control across cropping systems because of their low cost and high efficacy. In grapes and apples, glyphosate has been a frequently used chemical although there is significant concern about the potential for crop injury. Consequently, paraquat has become a popular alternative for many producers. In 2020, a vineyard manager (Ontario County, NY) and an apple grower (Wayne County, NY) reported poor control of horseweed following paraquat applications and inquired about resistance screening. Seed from both populations, as well as two paraquat-sensitive populations from upstate NY, were surface-planted in 7.6 cm diameter pots filled with a commercial potting mix and placed in a greenhouse set to a constant temperature of 25C with a 16:8 light:dark cycle. Seedlings were hand-thinned to one plant per pot once they had produced 3 to 4 true leaves. Small (2.5 to 3.5 cm in diameter) horseweed plants were treated with paraquat at doses of 0 (untreated check), 0.14, 0.28, 0.56, 1.12 (1X), 2.24, 4.48 and 8.96 kg ai ha-1 of paraquat (as Gramoxone 2.0 SL, Syngenta Crop Protection). Applications were made using a cabinet sprayer with a single nozzle (8002E, Teejet Technologies) boom set to deliver 187 L ha-1. Each herbicide by rate combination was replicated 12 times for each of the four horseweed populations and the study was repeated in time. Adjuvants were included according to label recommendations. At 21 days after treatment, surviving plants were harvested and weighed to assess biomass accumulation. Data was analyzed with mixed models ANOVA and log-logistic regression using R statistical software. Results demonstrated significant (P<0.05) differences among the populations with respect to herbicide injury responses. Both sensitive horseweed samples were almost completely controlled by paraquat applied at 0.14 kg ai ha-1, the lowest dose evaluated in the study, except for the untreated check. The dose required to reduce the biomass of the putative resistant populations was 0.56 kg ai ha-1. The lethal dose required to kill 50% of the treated plants was roughly equal to the 1X rate for the trial of 1.12 kg ai ha-1. The putative paraquat-resistant horseweed populations had plants surviving treatments of 2.24 and 4.48 kg ai ha-1, although biomass was reduced 70 to 75% relative to the untreated checks. Results from this study show that the suspected resistant horseweed populations collected from a vineyard and an apple orchard in the Finger Lakes region of New York survived labeled doses of paraquat applied under greenhouse conditions, while susceptible populations were controlled at substantially lower product rates. Current studies are evaluating horseweed responses to alternate herbicide chemistries and surveying perennial crop growers to determine if paraquat resistance is widespread throughout the state.

 

 

Preliminary Responses of Weeds, the Weed Soil Seedbank, and Microarthropod Communities to Zasso Electrical Weeding. Aleah L. Butler-Jones*1, Elizabeth C. Maloney2, Charlee R. Smith3, Emily J. Sausser4, Lynn M. Sosnoskie2; 1Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2Cornell University, Geneva, NY, 3The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 4Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA (246)

 

 

Improved Herbicide Selectivity in Tomato by Safening Action of Benoxacor, Fenclorim, Melatonin, and 2,4,6- Trichlorophenoxyacetic Acid. Tabata Raissa De Oliveira*, Antonio Augusto Tavares, Josiane C. Argenta, Varsha Varsha, Te-Ming (Paul) Tseng; Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS (247)

 

 

Sulfentrazone Efficacy and Safety in Cabbage and Broccoli. Laura Pineda-Bermudez*1, Elizabeth C. Maloney1, Baylee L. Carr2, Wesley M. Bouchelle3, Thierry E. Besancon3, Lynn M. Sosnoskie1; 1Cornell University, Geneva, NY, 2Rutgers University - Weed Science, Chatsworth, NJ, 3Rutgers University, Chatsworth, NJ (248)

Specialty crops are significant contributors to the agricultural economy of the U.S. Weeds threaten yield quantity and quality in agricultural systems through direct crop competition, by complicating and contaminating harvest, and by harboring pests and pathogens. However, there is a limited number of herbicides available for specialty crops, especially cole crops like cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata L.) and broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. italica L.). In 2021 and 2022, researchers at Cornell University and Rutgers University initiated small-plot research trials to evaluate the efficacy and safety of sulfentrazone in transplanted broccoli and cabbage. Five treatments were applied in May (Cornell) or August (Rutgers) and were replicated 3-4 times in randomized crop block design. Treatments included oxyfluorfen (as GoalTender 1.17 l/ha PRE-T (pre-transplant)), sulfentrazone (as Spartan Charge at 0.28 and 0.56 l/ha PRE-T), and S-metolachlor (as Dual Magnum at 0.75 l/ha POST-T (immediately post-transplant)) followed by (fb) oxyfluorfen (as GoalTender 0.47 l/ha POST (14 days later)). An untreated check was included for comparison. Weed control (e.g., weed cover and density counts) and crop injury ratings were collected, weekly to bi-weekly, for 28 days after transplanting (DAT) and at 42 DAT. Weed biomass was collected and weighed at the time of crop harvest. Averaged across years and crops, mean percent weed cover was significantly (P<0.05) reduced by all herbicide treatments, relative to the untreated check, at 14, 21, 28, and 42 DAT in the Cornell trials. Differences were observed among herbicides with respect to cover with the lowest sulfentrazone PRE-T rate providing significantly (P<0.05) less weed suppression compared to the other treatments at 28 and 42 DAT. All treatments, except for the lowest sulfentrazone PRE-T rate, statistically (P<0.05) reduced common ragweed, common lambsquarters, smartweed and knotweed, and other broadleaf weed densities relative to the untreated check at 28 DAT. At harvest, weed biomass was 627 g/m^2 in the untreated checks; biomass was significantly reduced only in the oxyfluorfen (69 g/m^2) and S-metolachlor POST-T fb oxyfluorfen POST treatments (11 g/m^2). When averaged across years, the greatest amount of stunting was observed in highest rate of sulfentazone PRE-T and S-metolachlor POST-T fb oxyfluorfen POST treatments (15-21% at 21 and 28 DAT). Broccoli was more sensitive than cabbage and all injury was transient. Similar trends in weed cover and density counts were observed in the Rutgers trial.In the Cornell trials, mean head weight was not impacted by treatment (P>0.05); significant rainfall in NY in 2021 and drought conditions in NY in 2022, may have negatively affected crop yields. In NJ, all herbicide treatments significantly (P<0.05) increased cabbage and broccoli head weight. Results were intended to support possible label expansion into NY but the registrant has since decided not to proceed; data derived from these studies will be used to enhance NJ recommendations and guidelines with respect to sulfentrazone use in cabbage and support future labeling efforts in other cole crops.

 

 

Weed Impacts on Alfalfa Forage Accumulation and Nutritive Value. Chandra L. Montgomery*1, Albert T. Adjesiwor2; 1University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, 2University of Idaho, Kimberly, ID (249)

Annual weeds can impact the economics of alfalfa production by reducing forage yield, and nutritive value or by contaminating hay. Field studies were conducted in Idaho in 2021 and 2022 to evaluate the effect of weed control treatments on alfalfa forage accumulation, weed biomass, and nutritive value. In addition, the relationship between the proportion of individual weed species biomass and alfalfa nutritive value was assessed. There were eight treatments including the untreated check. Treatments comprised pre-emergence incorporated, early postemergence (after 80% alfalfa emergence), and postemergence (third trifoliate alfalfa) herbicide applications. Data collection included weed control efficacy, weed and alfalfa biomass, and alfalfa nutritive value. Additional samples were collected and combined in these alfalfa (%) to weed biomass (%) proportions: 0:100, 20:80, 40:60, 60:40, 80:20, and 100:0, for wet chemistry analysis of forage nutritive value to evaluate the relationship between the proportion of individual weed species biomass and alfalfa nutritive value. The acetochlor only treatment provided less than 50% weed control while the EPTC only treatment provided 54 to 81% weed control. The control provided by acetochlor and EPTC were generally less than treatments containing imazamox and imazamox plus bromoxynil. Weed biomass in forage (23 to 55% of total biomass) due to poor or no weed control reduced crude protein and increased fiber concentrations. This in turn reduced the relative feed value. The relationship between the proportion of individual weed species biomass and alfalfa nutritive value was linear for all weed species evaluated.

 

 

GST Inhibition - Influence on Quizalofop P-ethyl Metabolism in Winter Wheat. Amber Pelon*1, Franck E. Dayan2, Todd A. Gaines2; 1Colorado State University, Berthoud, CO, 2Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO (250)

Weed competition has the most significant negative impact on wheat grain yield, relative to other pests. Understanding the contribution of metabolism in overall resistance to herbicides can lead to new methods for controlling weeds in wheat. There is a lot of information about GSTs' role in the detoxification of herbicides. The present study is assessing the role of Phase 2 plant cell metabolism by testing glutathione S-transferase (GST) inhibition to see if it influences the metabolism of quizalofop p-ethyl (QPE) in winter wheat (Triticum aestivum). Previous literature reported increased resistance to herbicides with higher GST activity in black grass (Alopecurus myosuroides) and Asia minor bluegrass (Polypogon fugax). Resistance could be reversed by inhibiting GST activity. This research aims to determine if repeated applications of 4-chloro-7-nitrobenzoxadiazole (NBD), a GST inhibitor, on winter wheat sprayed with QPE cause the wheat to be more sensitive to QPE. Preliminary data has shown higher QPE-acid in plants sprayed with repeated NBD applications. Understanding the impact of GST inhibitors on plant metabolism will bring new knowledge to wheat breeders, herbicide producers, and growers that can lead to sustainable weed management practices in wheat and other important staple crops. In particular, identifying GST enzymes involved in herbicide metabolism would lead to important molecular markers to insure that these traits are included in breeding selection programs.

 

 

Surface Ponds as a Source of Weed Contamination in Container Nurseries. Alisha O. Ray*1, Anthony LeBude1, James Altland2, Christopher D. Harlow1, Joe C. Neal1; 1North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 2USDA-ARS, Wooster, OH (252)

Nursery crop producers of the Southeastern U.S. use open ponds of captured water for irrigating container-grown plants, often without filtration. Many growers perceive irrigation water as a significant source of weed seeds, but data on the presence of weed seeds in nursery irrigation ponds are lacking. In the present study we evaluated irrigation pond water as a source of weed seeds in container nurseries. The presence and diversity of viable weed seeds in irrigation water samples from six commercial container nurseries in central and eastern NC was documented for two consecutive years. Irrigation pond water was sampled using a custom-fabricated filtration system. Six 20,000-gal samples were filtered at each location in autumn, spring, and mid-summer. The 20,000-gal sample size was selected to approximate a single day of irrigation on one acre of container nursery stock. Irrigation filtrates were collected in 355 m-mesh sieves. Filtrate samples were spread onto the surface of a peat/bark/perlite substrate in flats and placed in a covered hoop house at the Horticulture Field Lab in Raleigh, NC. Seedling emergence was counted every 7 days for 12 weeks. Seedlings were identified to species and removed after counting. Unknown species were transplanted and grown to maturity for identification. Irrigation samples from all locations and seasons contained viable weed seeds. Differences between seasons were observed in each evaluated year. The average weed seed emergence across locations in the first recorded year was 16.4, 9.6, and 10.3 seeds per 20K gallons in autumn, spring and summer, respectively. The average weed seed emergence across locations in the second recorded year was 19.3, 15.2, and 90.2 seeds per 20K gallons in autumn, spring, and summer, respectively. Many species present in samples coincided with the season in which those weeds were mature and actively shedding seeds in the nursery. However, Euphorbia maculata emerged in all seasons, even when no mature plants were present at the nurseries. The population of weed seeds in irrigation was also associated with temporal seed-shed for some weed species, such as Salix nigra. An intense rain event also increased the number of seeds distributed via irrigation for species with buoyant seeds. Irrigation could be a source of seed spread in container nurseries for both new and endemic weed species.

 

 

Investigating New Peanut Cultivar Responses to Postemergence Applications of Chlorimuron. Nicholas J. Shay*1, Eric P. Prostko2; 1The University of Georgia, Tifton, GA, 2University of Georgia, Tifton, GA (253)

Peanuts are a long-season crop that takes approximately 140-150 days to mature making it challenging to provide season-long weed control. Competition from weeds is costly and can cause severe economic losses. Ranked as one of the most troublesome weeds in the southeastern peanut-producing states, Florida beggarweed [Desmodium tortuosum (Sw.) DC.] can reduce peanut yields by up to 19% through direct competition for resources as well as negatively impacting fungicide deposition and harvest efficiency. Postemergence (POST) applications of herbicides such as chlorimuron are an excellent tool to help reduce economic losses from late-season weeds such as Florida beggarweed. However, prior research has shown that POST applications of chlorimuron can cause significant yield losses to sensitive cultivars such as Georgia-06G and Tifguard. Additionally, previous studies have also shown that chlorimuron can increase the incidence of tomato spotted wilt virus (TWSV) (Tospovirus bunyaviridae). Therefore, small-plot field trials were established in 2021-2022 to evaluate the response of new peanut cultivars to POST applications of chlorimuron. The experimental design was a randomized complete block with 3-4 replications and a 4 X 5 factorial treatment arrangement. Four chlorimuron timings (None, 65, 75, and 90 DAP) and 5 peanut cultivars (AUNPL-17, Georgia-18RU, Georgia-20VHO, TifNV High O/L, and FloRun™ 331) were evaluated. Chlorimuron was applied at 9 g ai ha-1 in combination with NIS at 0.25% v/v. All data were subjected to ANOVA using PROC GLIMMIX and means separated using the Tukey-Kramer method (P=0.10). Results indicated that there was no interaction between chlorimuron timing and peanut cultivar. When averaged over cultivar, chlorimuron applied 90 DAP resulted in a 7% increase in TSWV when compared to the non-treated control. Peanut yield was not reduced by any application of chlorimuron with yields ranging from 6,411 to 6,786 kg ha-1 (P=0.1243). Despite the slight increase in TSWV, these results suggest that the newer peanut cultivars are sufficiently tolerant to POST applications of chlorimuron

 

 

Weed Community Shift in Nitrogen Immobilized Soils. Maria A. Gannett*, Antonio DiTommaso, Jenny Kao-Kniffin; Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (254)

As more weed species develop resistance to herbicides, it is critical to develop new non-herbicide-based weed management strategies. A potential method of weed management is through soil carbon (C) amendments, which stimulate soil microbial growth and immobilize nitrogen (N). Agricultural weeds, many of which grow well in high N soils, may have reduced growth in high C, low available N soils. In a two-year field experiment, we implemented five amendment treatments increasing in C: an unamended weed-free control, an unamended weedy control, rye hay for a total of 3,500 kg C ha-1yr-1, sawdust for a total of 5,000 kg C ha-1yr-1, and rye hay and sawdust combined for a total of 8,500 kg C ha-1yr-1. We planted corn and soybean and each treatment was replicated 5 and 6 times, respectively. Throughout each season we measured available nitrate with ion exchange resin strips to monitor nitrogen immobilization. We also measured soil respiration to monitor soil microbial activity. Aboveground weed and crop biomass were measured to monitor crop-weed competition. Weed species were identified before being dried and weighed to measure changes in weed community composition. Soil microbial activity increased with increasing total C added to the soil, but N availability was lowest in plots treated with the highest C:N ratio amendment. Weed biomass was also lowest in plots treated with the highest C:N ratio amendment. Amendment treatments selected for specific weed species and weed species traits were correlated with environmental variables. Although corn and soy crop biomass in all treatments was lower than in the weed-free control, targeted N immobilization, may be able to help manage certain weed species in organic cropping systems, especially for leguminous crops.

 

 

Effect of Fall- or Spring-Planted Cover Crops on Weed Suppression in High Plains. Sachin Dhanda*1, Vipan Kumar1, Augustine Obour1, Elizabeth Yeager2, John Holman3, Anita Dille2; 1Kansas State University, Hays, KS, 2Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 3Kansas State University, Garden City, KS (255)

The widespread evolution of herbicide resistance in kochia (Bassia scoparia L.) and Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri L.) warrants the development of alternative, ecological-based integrated weed management strategies in the High Plains. A field study was conducted at Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center near Hays, KS during 2020-21 and repeated in 2021-22 to determine the impact of fall- or spring-planted cover crops (CC) on weed suppression in no-till dryland wheat-sorghum-fallow rotation. The field site had a natural seedbank of glyphosate and dicamba-resistant kochia and glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth. A four-way CC mixture (triticale/winter peas/radish/rapeseed) was planted during fall after wheat harvest and terminated at triticale heading stage in spring with glyphosate and/or glyphosate + (acetochlor + atrazine). After termination of fall-planted CC, grain sorghum hybrid was planted. In contrast, a three-way CC mixture (oats/spring peas/barley) was planted in sorghum stubble during early spring and terminated at oats heading stage with glyphosate and/or glyphosate + (flumioxazin + pyroxasulfone). Chemical-fallow and nontreated weedy check were also included in both fall- or spring-planted CC treatments. In 2021 growing season, fall-planted CC terminated with glyphosate + (acetochlor + atrazine) reduced total weed density by 50% and weed biomass by 68% at sorghum harvest compared to chemical-fallow. In 2022 growing season, same treatment reduced total weed density by 88% and weed biomass by 96% at sorghum harvest as compared to weedy check treatment. Sorghum yield was not significantly different in chemical-fallow and both fall-planted CC treatments in 2021, however the yield was significantly higher (1130 kg ha-1) in fall-planted CC terminated with glyphosate + (acetochlor + atrazine) followed by chemical-fallow in 2022. Compared to chemical-fallow, spring-planted CC terminated with glyphosate + (flumioxazin + pyroxasulfone) reduced total weed density by 24 to 72% and weed biomass by 14 to 23% at 90 days after termination across both years. Overall, these results suggest that both fall- and spring-planted CC mixtures in combination with effective residual herbicides at CC termination can provide effective suppression of herbicide-resistant kochia and Palmer amaranth in the High Plains region.

 

 

Utility of John Deere's See &Amp; SprayTM Ulimate in Southern U.S. Row Crops. Tristen H. Avent*1, Jason K. Norsworthy1, William L. Patzoldt2, Lauren M. Lazaro2; 1University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, 2Blue River Technology, Sunnyvale, CA (256)

Increasing costs of inputs and the need for greater environmental stewardship have driven the development of precision application technologies. Recently, John Deere commercially launched See & Spray™ Ultimate for use in the 2023 growing season. See & Spray can apply targeted broadcast applications while simultaneously broadcasting with split-tank and separate plumbing systems. Currently, this technology is supported in select crops and fallow systems. The University of Arkansas Systems Division of Agriculture (UADA) has conducted more than 15 trials over two years evaluating the utility of this technology in soybean and cotton. Preliminary results indicate the See & Spray Ultimate can provide comparable weed control to a broadcast standard program and reduce herbicide inputs. However, data still needs to be evaluated to determine the likelihood of success with varying weed species and sizes, machine settings, and environments. The UADA is conducting trials to determine 1) the effect of weed size, species, location, and machine settings on weed mortality and accuracy; 2) the performance of See & Spray when using cover crops in cotton; 3) the long-term effect of low and high sensitivity settings in single-tank programs on weed seedbank management compared to a standard broadcast program; and 4) the impact of See & Spray programs on crop response, weed control, and yield in cotton and soybean. Many of these trials will be conducted in collaboration with other universities and Blue River Technology to collect data across the U.S. and determine the fit of this new technology for producers across the country.

 

 

Transgenerational Effect of Weed Competition on Wheat. Albert O. Kwarteng*1, Albert T. Adjesiwor2; 1University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, 2University of Idaho, Kimberly, ID (257)

Plants are subjected to several forms of stress and have evolved mechanisms to cope with these stress conditions. Studies have shown that plants can store and recollect memory of a previous stress exposure which affects their reponse to future stresss. This research is aimed at understanding how multigenerational weed exposure affects phenotypic plasticity, hormonal and gene expression, and DNA methylation in wheat (Triticum aestivum). Wheat was planted in the center of 3L plastic pots surrounded by either 8 kochia (Bassia scoparia), 8 Italian ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum), 8 wheat, or no surrounding plants. Treatments were arranged in a completely randomized design with 15 replications. Seeds harvested from the first generation were used to plant the second generation, and the process was repeated under the same conditions to obtain the second, third and fourth generations. Relative to wheat with no surrounding plants, wheat-kochia, wheat-ryegrass, and wheat-wheat treatments reduced seed yield by 7, 26, and 43%, respectively, in the first generation; 90, 93, and 89%, respectively, in generation two; 63, 85, and 84%, respectively, in generation three, and 80, 82, and 80%, respectively in the fourth generation. The number of seed heads per plant in the wheat only treatment increased from 2 heads in generation one to 12 heads per plant in the fourth generation. These results suggest a potential maladaptive impact of transgenerational memory of weed stress on wheat. The fifth generation, together with the biochemical, transcriptomic, and epigenetic data would provide a better understanding of the mechanisms involved in these observations.

 

 

Assessing the Efficacy of a Biculture Living and Dead Cover Crop Mixture for Weed Suppression in Sweet Corn. Veronica Yurchak*, Alan W. Leslie, Bill Phillips, Cerruti Rr Hooks; University of Maryland, College Park, MD (258)

Modern vegetable production systems are often characterized by monoculture fields and intensive use of tillage and/or synthetic agrochemicals for managing weeds. A growing public interest in more sustainable and eco-friendly production practices has resulted in increased demand that crops be produced with lower inputs. Field studies were conducted over three field seasons to investigate the use of conservation tillage in concert with an interplanted living mulch and/or cover crop residue for managing weeds in sweet corn and compared with the traditional practice of using conventional tillage and a pre- and post-emergent herbicide. Whole plot treatments included: (1) conventional till, (2) no-till with cover crop residue, (3) living mulch + cover crop residue, and (4) living mulch + winter killed residue. The split-plot factor consisted of herbicide treatments: (1) at-planting application of residual herbicides or (2) no herbicide. The cover crop systems suppressed weeds as well as the traditional practice throughout the cropping cycle in all three years. In addition, there was no significant improvement in weed suppression with the application of herbicides within the cover crop treatments. vjohnso4@umd.edu

 

 

A Deep Learning Approach for Nutsedge (Cyperus Spp.) Detection in Strawberry Plasticulture Production. Alex G. Rodriguez*1, Arnold W. Schumann2, Nathan Boyd3; 1University of Florida, Wimauma, FL, 2University of Florida, Lake Alfred, FL, 3University of Florida, Balm, FL (259)

In Florida strawberry plasticulture systems, non-uniform fumigation is the only effective management option to control nutsedge, which typically occurs in patches. A precision fumigation system has the potential to greatly reduce fumigation and labor costs, and building a rapid and accurate detection model for nutsedge is key for the development of such a system. This study presents a deep learning approach for detecting nutsedge in strawberry plasticulture production using a state-of-the-art real-time object detection system, You Only Look Once (YOLO). In this work, YOLOv5 and YOLOv7 algorithms were trained on a dataset of 4,780 pre-processed images and 10,050 bounding box annotations of nutsedge in plastic at different stages of growth and under different lightning conditions. Among the models evaluated, YOLOv5x outperformed all other algorithms in terms of mAP@50, precision, and accuracy. It achieved a mAP@50 of 91.2%, a precision of 91.4%, and a recall of 88.5%. In contrast, the YOLOv7x model was the least accurate among the models evaluated, with a mAP@50 of 69.6%, a precision of 78.1%, and a recall of 61.8%. These results demonstrate that object detection models such as YOLOv5x have the potential to be used for detecting nutsedge and can provide the framework for developing a precision fumigation system for strawberry plasticulture production.

 

 

Weed Seed Fate in the Combine During Wheat and Soybean Harvest. Eli C. Russell*, Michael L. Flessner, Matthew P. Spoth, Kevin Bamber; Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (260)

Harvest weed seed control (HWSC) targets weed seeds as they pass through the combine by concentrating, removing, or destroying them. Most methods of HWSC target the chaff fraction as it exits the combine. If the combine is properly tuned, most of the weed seeds should be exiting the combine in the chaff fraction and therefore subjected to HWSC. However, if those weed seeds exit in the straw fraction, they will not be subjected to HWSC and will be returned to the soil seed bank. So, the purpose of this research was to determine what percentage of weed seeds for economically important weeds in wheat and soybean escaped HWSC by exiting the combine in the straw fraction. For this initial research, combine settings were adjusted to minimize grain loss while effectively cleaning the grain. In wheat, the percentage of seeds escaping HWSC in the straw fraction for Italian ryegrass (Lolium perenne L. ssp. multiflorum (Lam.) Husnot), canola (Brassica napus L.), and hairy vetch (Vicia villosa Roth) were 1.15%, 0.05%, and 0.00%, respectively. In soybean, the percentage of seeds lost in the straw fraction for redroot pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus L.), common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia L.), and barnyardgrass (Echinochloa crus-galli (L.) P. Beauv.) were 4.28%, 0.57%, and 1.02%, respectively. Our first-year results indicate that a low percentage of weed seeds are escaping HWSC in the straw fraction. These data indicate that very few weed seeds are exiting in the straw fraction.

 

 

Evaluating the Effect of Cover Crop Termination Management on Palmer Amaranth (Amaranthus Palmeri) Suppression in Soybean. Cynthia Sias*, Michael L. Flessner, Kevin Bamber; Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (261)

Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri S. Wats.) is an exemplary weed species displaying the ability to adapt and evolve resistance to multiple herbicide modes of action. There is a need for additional weed suppression tactics to control such species. Growing interest in the use of cover crops (CC) has led to questions regarding the most appropriate forms of CC management prior to cash crop planting in order to maximize weed suppression benefits. Experiments were conducted in 2021 and 2022 to test: 1) cover crop termination timing (i.e. green or brown), 2) CC biomass (i.e. low, medium, high, or no cover), and 3) CC termination method (i.e. rolled versus standing) on Palmer amaranth suppression. Treatments included planting brown (cereal rye terminated two weeks before soybean planting), planting green (cereal rye terminated at soybean planting), and a no cover (winter fallow) check. Palmer amaranth emergence counts were evaluated at 4 and 6 weeks after soybean planting, and yield was calculated at harvest. To explore the ideal combination of termination tactics to increase weed suppression, data were analyzed using SAS to conduct ANOVA using a=0.05. Among CC options, CC plots reduced Palmer amaranth germination when compared to the no CC check plots. Plots that were left standing also displayed greater weed suppression capability when compared to the rolled plots. This result is potentially due to a difference in light penetration reaching the soil surface. More data are necessary to make final conclusions, however, this information will provide better recommendations for farmers interested in using cover crops for weed suppression.

 

 

Using Black Soldier Fly Larvae Composting to Reduce Weed Seed Germination. Jeanine Arana*1, Stephen L. Meyers2, Luz Aide Cardona Giraldo2, Nathaly Belen Vargas Arroyo2, Laura D. Rodriguez Baquero3; 1Purdue University/Horticulture, West Lafayette, IN, 2Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 3University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI (262)

Black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) larvae (BSFL) composting is biotechnology used for organic waste management. However, there is little information available on how BSFL composting affects weed seed germination. We designed an experiment to evaluate the effect of BSFL on weed seed germination of six weed species, including barnyardgrass (Echinochloa crus-galli), common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia), giant foxtail (Setaria faberi), ivyleaf morningglory (Ipomoea hederacea), redroot pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus), and velvetleaf (Abutilon theophrasti). The experiment had 5 treatments; inside a transparent container, we placed (1) 100 seeds each of six common weed species alone or (2) 100 weed seeds with a standard Gainesville diet or 100 seeds plus ~2,000 BSFL fed with either (3) standard Gainesville diet, (4) vegetable waste, or (5) food leftovers. After six weeks, the larvae started pupating, and we extracted the pupae from the bins. Once pupae were removed from the compost, the compost was placed on a tray with potting soil to evaluate weed seed germination. The weeds that emerged were identified, counted, and removed for four weeks. Then we subjected the trays to cold stratification for 3 months. After this, weed seed germination data were collected again for four more weeks. Total germination in the untreated control was 28% for barnyardgrass, 37% for common ragweed, 25% for giant foxtail, 65% for morningglory, 2% for redroot pigweed, and 64% for velvetleaf. Germination in the Gainesville diet control treatment was 13% for barnyardgrass, 18% for common ragweed, 5% for giant foxtail, 17% for morningglory, 0% for redroot pigweed, and 32% for velvetleaf. With the exception of velvetleaf in the vegetable waste substrate and giant foxtail in the food leftovers substrate, treatments with BSFL reduced weed seed germination more than the Gainesville diet control. All treatments with BSFL greatly reduced the germination of all weeds to = 1%, except for velvetleaf. Potential causes of the high weed seed germination reduction include high moisture developed by the BSFL composting because of the type of feed used and carbon dioxide and ammonia generated during BSFL composting. We believe that the seeds' characteristics, such as a thick seed coat, may interfere with the potential of the BSFL composting process.

 

 

Weed Genetic Control: Potential Application for Controlling Dioecious Amaranths. Lucas Kopecky Bobadilla*1, Patrick Tranel2; 1University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, 2University of Illinois, Urbana, IL (263)

Dioecious amaranths (Amaranthus spp.) are a group of highly invasive and economically important weeds that pose a significant threat to global agriculture. Effective control of dioecious amaranths is challenging due to their ability to rapidly adapt to various environments and the evolution of herbicide resistance to multiple sites of action. As a result, there is a need to develop alternative control strategies that are more sustainable and specific to dioecious amaranths. One potential approach is the use of genetic control methods, involved whereby the modification of the weed's own genome could reduce its competitiveness or fertility. There are several types of genetic control methods that have been proposed for use against dioecious amaranths. One approach is the use of gene drive systems, which involve the insertion of a modified gene that is able to spread rapidly through the population due to its high transmission rate. The first step to developing a gene drive system is to identify the target gene for manipulation. Using genomics and transcriptomics tools, we are working towards the identification of the sex-determination genes in Amaranthus spp. With the identified candidates, the next step would be the development of a transformation protocol for Amaranthus spp. for functional validation. While the potential of genetic control methods for controlling dioecious amaranths is promising, there are also several challenges that need to be addressed. One concern is the potential for negative impacts on non-target species and the possibility of unintended consequences from releasing genetically modified organisms into the environment. In addition, there are regulatory and social barriers to adopting these technologies, which will need to be addressed to bring them to fruition. Despite these challenges, genetic control methods can provide a more sustainable and targeted approach for controlling dioecious amaranths and other invasive weeds.

 

 

Determining the Critical Period of Weed Control in Organic Carrots. Emma Kubinski*1, Mac Burgess2, Fabian Menalled3; 1Montana State University/Land Resources and Environmental Science, Bozeman, MT, 2Montana State University/ Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology, Bozeman, MT, 3Montana State University, Bozeman, MT (264)

An essential aspect of developing an integrated weed management plan is understanding the appropriate timing of weed removal that minimizes labor needs while optimizing yields, crop quality, and economic returns. This information is of special importance in carrot (Daucus carota) production given the crop's poor competitive ability. This challenge is further compounded in organic agriculture where synthetic chemical control cannot be relied upon, often limiting weed management to labor-intensive methods. To determine the critical period of weed control, it is required to assess the maximum amount of time early-season weed competition (i.e., the critical timing of weed removal) and the minimum weed-free period required to prevent unacceptable yield reductions (i.e., the critical weed-free period). To evaluate this, we conducted a field study in Bozeman, MT during the 2021 and 2022 growing seasons. The experiment followed a randomized block design with six weed removal treatments applied based on the carrot leaf stage, plus a season-long weed-free and a season-long treatment. In addition to yields, we also measured carrot marketability and sugar content. Preliminary findings suggest that the critical period of weed control ranges between weed-free to the 2-leaf stage and weedy to the 4-leaf stage. To generalize our results, the carrot leaf stage will be correlated to growing-degree days. A four-parameter log-logistic regression analysis is being used to assess the length of the critical period of weed control and to graphically represent the impact of the length of crop-weed competition on yield, sugar content, and marketability. Results from this study will enable organic carrot growers to design more efficient and affordable integrated weed management programs.

 

 

Allelopathic Weed-suppressive Effect of Cotton Chromosome Substitution Lines Under Field Conditions. Worlanyo Segbefia*1, Varsha Singh1, Ncomiwe A. Maphalala2, Tabata Raissa De Oliveira1, Ziming Yue1, Te-Ming (Paul) Tseng1; 1Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, 2Mississippi State University-Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, Starkville, MS (265)

Weed competition with crops is a significant concern for farmers worldwide. Allelopathy enables certain plants to produce compounds (allelochemicals) that wade off competition from weeds. Allelochemicals can be released in various ways and are affected by environmental circumstances. Because greenhouse and lab testing are restricted in their ability to imitate natural ecological conditions and interactions, field trials are required to test the efficiency of weed-suppressing cotton chromosome substitution lines. Eight chromosomal substitution lines were planted in a 20-foot two-row plot at Pontotoc, MS, for this study. After three weeks of planting (WAP), seeds of four weed species were put between the planted rows: redroot pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus), morning-glories (Ipomoea spp.), and common lambs quarters (Chenopodium album). Cotton plant heights were measured weekly for six weeks. Weed density data were collected for all weeds in the field, including native weeds. Weed reduction percentages were lowest for Enlist (32%), followed by UA48 (35%), and highest for T26lo (52%), followed by BNTN 16-15 (60%). Allelopathy is a complex process with significant agricultural potential in a world where pesticide resistance is developing. In addition, these weed-suppressive cotton chromosome substitution lines could be used to make organic fertilizers, minimizing farmers' reliance on synthetic herbicides for cotton weed suppression.Keywords: allelopathy, weed density reduction, Gossypium hirsutum, chromosome substitution

 

 

Prediction of Weed Emergence Patterns in a Rice-Wheat Cropping System Using Population-Based Threshold Models. Faryal Ali*1, Irfan Afzal2; 1University of agriculture Faisalabad Pakistan, Mardan, Pakistan, 2University of agriculture Faisalabad Pakistan, Faisalabad, Pakistan (267)

 

 

Soybean Weed Management with Residual Herbicide Programs. Zachary R. Treadway*, Jennifer Dudak, Todd A. Baughman; Oklahoma State University, Ardmore, OK (268)

SOYBEAN WEED MANAGEMENT WITH RESIDUAL HERBICIDE PROGRAMS. Z.R. Treadway*, T.A. Baughman, J.L. Dudak; Oklahoma State University, Ardmore, OK ABSTRACT Weed management is crucial to maximizing soybean yield. Producers are facing the ever-growing issue of herbicide resistance and how to combat it. Resistance to acetolactate synthase (ALS), glyphosate, and protoporphyrinogen oxidase inhibiting (PPO) herbicides along with reports of glufosinate and auxin resistance has only increased this dilemma. One useful method for combatting herbicide resistance is through the use of PRE residual herbicide combinations with multiple modes of action. Experiments were conducted from 2020-2022 to evaluate four modes of action for PRE residual weed control in dicamba-tolerant soybean. Treatments included chloransulam-methyl (36 g ai ha-1), metribuzin (417 g ai ha-1), pyroxasulfone (95 g ai ha-1), or sulfentrazone (163 g ai ha-1). Herbicides were applied alone, as well as in two and three way combinations. Treatments were followed by a POST application of dicamba (567 g ae ha-1) + glyphosate (329 g ae ha-1). Soybean injury never exceeded 10% with any treatment at any point during the growing season. Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri S. Watson) was present in five of seven site years. Control of Palmer amaranth 2 WAP was 93% or greater with all three-way combinations across all locations. In three of the five site years where Palmer amaranth was present, all PRE combinations provided at least 94% control. At 4 WAP, control of Palmer amaranth was 90% or greater with all three-way combinations in four of the five site years. Control was at least 98% at three of the five site years, with pyroxasulfone in a two or three-way combination with chloransulam-methyl and metribuzin; and chloransulam-methyl + metribuzin + sulfentrazone. Following the POST application of dicamba + glyphosate, control of Palmer amaranth was at least 97% with all three-way combinations across all site years, as well as pyroxasulfone + chloransulam-methyl or metribuzin. Large crabgrass (Digitaria sanguinalis (L.) Scop.) was present in five of seven site years. Control 2 WAP was at least 90% at all locations with any treatment that included metribuzin except in combination with sulfetrazone. Large crabgrass control 4 WAP was at least 91% in four of five site years with all two- and three-way combinations that included metribuzin. Following the POST application, control of large crabgrass was 90% or greater with all treatments across all site years. All treatments increased yield when compared to the untreated check, but there was no consistent yield increase among treatment combinations. However, it was noted that chloransulam-methyl applied alone was the only treatment that yielded equal to or below the herbicide treatment trial average at all locations. This is most likely due the prevalence of ALS-resistant Palmer amaranth in Oklahoma soybean. Additionally, only treatments that included pyroxasulfone yielded equal to or greater than the trial average. These experiments highlight the importance of a residual herbicide program to combat troublesome weeds across varying geographical and environmental conditions. The use of residual herbicides also aids in protecting new POST herbicide technologies that Oklahoma soybean producers are implementing as part of their weed management program.

 

 

Evaluation of Pre-emergence Herbicides for Weed Management in Florida's Strawberry Plasticulture Production. Ruby Tiwari*1, Nathan Boyd2, Pamela Roberts1, Samira Daroub3, Ramdas Kanissery1; 1University of Florida, Immokalee, FL, 2University of Florida, Balm, FL, 3University of Florida, Everglades, FL (269)

 

 

Johnsongrass (Sorghum halepense) Promotes Biological Nitrification Inhibition in its Rhizosphere. Megan L. Schill*, Dinesh Phuyal, Nithya Rajan, Nithya K. Subramanian, Muthukumar V. Bagavathiannan; Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (270)

 

 

 

ADMIN

 

Introduction and Announcements. Carroll Moseley*1, Wesley Everman2; 1Syngenta, Brown Summit, Nc, NC, 2North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

 

 

IWSC 2024 - Jerusalem and IWSS Update. Nilda Roma-Burgos*; University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Fayetteville, AR

 

 

Keynote Presentation - Jake Li - Deputy Assistant Administrator for Pesticide Programs - Protecting Endangered Species from Pesticides: Why it Matters to Your Work. Jake Li*; US EPA - Deputy Assistant Administrator for Pesticide Programs, Washington, DC

 

 

Presidential Addresses. A Stanley Culpepper*1, Jacob Barney2; 1University of Georgia, Tifton, GA, 2Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

 

 

Awards Presentation. Mandy Bish*1, Caren A. Schmidt2; 1University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 2BASF, Durham, NC

 

 

Presentation of Honorary Members and Fellows. Carroll Moseley*1, Wesley Everman2; 1Syngenta, Brown Summit, Nc, NC, 2North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

 

 

ORAL

 

Directional Selection of Competitive Ability in Setaria faberi Confirmed with GWAS. Sandra R. Ethridge1, Saket Chandra1, Wesley Everman1, David L. Jordan1, Anna M. Locke2, Micheal D. Owen3, Ramon G. Leon*1; 1North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 2USDA-ARS, Raleigh, NC, 3Iowa State University, Ames, IA (195)

The evolution of plant species usually occurs over thousands or millions of years, however it has been proposed that rapid evolution in certain fitness traits could occur on a scale of decades, such as herbicide resistance. This rapid evolution of has yet to be proven in weed species for complex polygenic traits. For this study, we hypothesized that weed growth and competitive ability shifts can occur in just a few years due to highly selective forces in agroecosystems. A resurrection approach was taken in order to characterize life-history traits of a population of Setaria faberi under competitive and non-competitive situations. Seeds were collected from a single population of Setaria faberi during a 34-year time span, 1983 to 2017. A replacement series was conducted in which the oldest year-line, 1983, was put in competition with the newer year-lines. This study showed oscillating selection overtime, with plant competitive ability decreasing before 1995 and increased progressively thereafter. The competitive ability was due to the increase in leaf area and biomass of the newer year-lines when in competition. In addition, a genome-wide association study (GWAS) was conducted and identified four loci associated with increased competitive ability over time. Results from this study confirmed the ability of weeds to exhibit rapid evolution of complex life-history traits that could increase weediness in agricultural systems.

 

 

Impact of Combined Temperature and Moisture Stress on Palmer Amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) Growth and Fecundity: Adaptations and Constraints. Sarah E. Kezar*, Aniruddha Maity, Muthukumar V. Bagavathiannan; Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (196)

The response of crops to anticipated changes in temperature and available water has been well documented, but the counterpart of weed species has not. Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) is inherently a high-fecundity specie in the current climate, but its competitive ability level is unknown under elevated temperatures and moisture stress. This study was conducted to understand the impact of temperature and soil moisture stresses on growth of Palmer amaranth. The effects of four temperature levels of 25/20C, 30/25C, 35/30C, and 40/35C day/night temperature with a 14/10 hours photoperiod and four soil moisture stress levels as the sub-treatment, i.e., field capacity, 75% field capacity, 50% field capacity, and 25% field capacity were of interest. The experiment was conducted in the controlled environment growth chambers (Conviron MTPS) located at the Norman E. Borlaug Center for Southern Crop Improvement Greenhouse Facility, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. Palmer amaranth accumulated vegetative biomass with the highest recorded in plants at field capacity whereas biomass production was reduced with increasing degrees of water stress, regardless of temperature regime. Root growth responded by producing more biomass in the field capacity and 75% field capacity treatments. The impact of all treatment levels on photosynthetic output, such as stomatal conductance and transpiration rate, is also of interest in this study (LI-6800 Portable Photosynthesis System). Results reflected how Palmer amaranth and other C4 species can maintain a high photosynthetic capacity under moisture and temperature stress using osmotic adjustment. The threats to croplands experiencing resistant weed pressures under the face of environmental changes are increasingly important as crop productivity and profitability are directly impacted. Agriculturalists must produce at an unprecedented pace to provide for a growing global population, begging the critical need to understand critical yield limiting factors such as resistant weeds like Palmer amaranth.

 

 

The International Weed Genomics Consortium: a Review of Current Reference Genomes and Future Directions. Sarah Morran*1, Todd A. Gaines1, Dana R. MacGregor2, Eric L. Patterson3, Mithila Jugulam4, Roland S. Beffa5; 1Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, 2Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, United Kingdom, 3Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 4Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 5Senior Scientist Consultant, Frankfurt, Germany (197)

 

 

New Insights in Amaranth PPO Target Site Resistance and PPO1 and PPO2 Biochemistry. Jens Lerchl*1, Aimone Porri2, Inessa De1, Lucie Meyer1, Nilda Roma-Burgos3, Matheus Machado Noguera4, Bernhard Grimm5, Boris Hedtke5, Daniel Wittmann6, Patrick Tranel7, Kathryn Seebruck8; 1BASF SE, Limburgerhof, Germany, 2BASF Global Research & Development, Limburgerhof, Germany, 3University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Fayetteville, AR, 4Univ Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, 5Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, 6BASF SE, Berlin, Germany, 7University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, 8University Illinois, Urbana, IL (198)

Group 14 PPO herbicides have become an important tool to control resistant weeds. With the widespread use of PPO inhibitors target site mutations have evolved in weeds, especially in waterhemp and Palmer amaranth. We have aimed at a better understanding of the herbicide resistance risk in amaranth for existing and newly developed PPO herbicides. Benchmark compounds have been compared with the new active trifludimoxazin specifically designed to combat target site mutations and combinations thereof. Results include a summary on the in vitro efficacy of PPO group 14 herbicides on mutant PPO enzyme variants as well as in planta data. Results show the importance of PPO2 enzyme in Palmer amaranth versus Arabidopsis thaliana and new insights in protoporphyrinogen IX oxidase isoforms and its implications for herbicide resistance and herbicide tolerance traits.

Modeling the Effect of Density, Emergence Time, Inter- and Intra-Specific Competition of Barnyard Grass (Echinochloa Crus-Galli) on Growth and Yield of Dry-Seeded Rice: Simulations with INTERCOM. Tahir Hussain Awan*1, Bhagirath Singh Chauhan2, John Lindquist3; 1Rice Research Institute, Kala Shah Kaku, Punjab, Pakistan, Lahore, Pakistan, 2bThe Centre for Plant Science, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), The University of Queensland, Gatton 4343, Queensland, Australia, Queensland, Australia, 3University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE (199)

Dry-seeded rice (DSR) is an emerging resource-conserving technology in many Asian countries including Pakistan, but weeds remain the major threat to the production of DSR systems. DSR crop yields on-farm rarely approach their production potential, partly as a result of growth reduction due to weed interference. Among the weeds, Echinochloa crus-galli mimics rice and is a stronger competitor of rice for resources than other weeds. This weed has developed resistance to herbicides and poses a serious threat to rice production in the world. An adequate knowledge of the biology, ecology and critical period of competition of E. crus-galli with DSR is fundamental in designing effective, sustainable and integrated weed management programs for DSR. Cost-effective weed management requires accurate estimates of yield and the potential yield loss resulting from weed infestations. However, crop yield and the effects of weeds are highly variable across weed density and their time of emergence. This may be accomplished through early crop vigor or delaying the weed emergence. An Eco physiological model of rice-barnyard grass competition (INTERCOM) may be useful for predicting the effects of weed density and their time of emergence on crop and weed growth and competitive ability. To evaluate the ability of the model to predict the dry-seeded rice (DSR) growth and yield, the effect of barnyardgrass interference on rice yield loss was evaluated using two season rice data sets collected from the field experiments. Predicted and observed monoculture leaf-area-index, leaf, stem, aboveground, and panicle biomass of both rice and barnyardgrass were in close agreement. For inter-competition between species, height is very important, and the model captured the height very well. The normalized deviation for all values was near zero, which means the model calibration efficiency is good. Model-simulated results were very much similar to our field-observed results. Predicted and observed weed-free rice yields were ranged from 6.42-7.47 t ha-1 The simulated results depicted that rice panicle yield was affected by the increasing weed density at early emergence. As weed emergence was delayed, there were no observed effects of different densities as the weed was usually unable to survive and did not cause much reduction in panicle yield. Percentage yield reduction decreased with the decrease in weed density and the delay in their emergence. Barnyardgrass at 70 plants m-2, emerging 2 days after rice emergence (DARE), reduced the grain yield by 65-70%. When the weed emergence was delayed to 45 DARE, the reduction in grain yield was only 2-5%. This reduction in yield was not so much different from the reduction caused by the weed density of 10 plants m-2 (0.7-3.2%). having the same emergence time as with rice. The model predicted that barnyard grass emergence with any densities at 45 DARE had negligible effect on rice growth and yield. The model suggests that the use of competitive rice cultivars or delaying the weed emergence may reduce the need for chemical weed control. Nomenclature: Barnyardgrass Echinochloac crus-galli ( L.) Beauv., ECHCG; rice, Oryza sativa L. Keywords: Economic threshold, integrated weed management, weed ecology, IPM, weed-crop interference. Rice-weed competition.

 

 

A Comparative Genomics Approach to Investigate the Parallel Evolution of Weediness in Alopecurus myosuroides (Black Grass) and Alopecurus aequalis (Orange Foxtail). Dana R. MacGregor*1, Jon Wright2, Hannah Rees2, Christian Harrison1, Jun Li3, Paul Neve4, Seanna McTaggart2, Anthony Hall2; 1Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, United Kingdom, 2Earlham Institute, Norwich, United Kingdom, 3Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China, 4University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark (200)

Alopecurus aequalis (common name orange foxtail), is an annual to short-lived perennial bunchgrass native to much of the temperate Northern Hemisphere. It can be found growing wild in wet, heavy soil from Eurasia to North America. Despite this incredibly widespread distribution, only China and Japan it has become a serious and problematic weed in winter wheat and barley causing considerable yield losses and economic consequences. Like many other weeds, A. aequalis has evolved both target-site-based resistance (TSR) and non-target-site-based resistance (NTSR). Interestingly and despite extreme geographic separation, a closely related species Alopecurus myosuroides (common name black-grass) has evolved to occupy similar niches. Like A. aequalis, A. myosuroides has a widespread distribution across the Northern Hemisphere but has become the predominant agricultural weed in Western European winter wheat and barley. Again like A. aequalis. A. myosuroides exhibits TSR in similar locations of homologous sequences and NTSR using similar mechanisms e.g. induction of cytochrome P450 mono-oxygenases and glutathione s-transferases. The mechanisms underpinning TSR are clear, but the mechanistic or genetic causes of NTSR are not well defined. These two closely related species present a model to investigate the genetic mechanisms underpinning the parallel evolution towards a weediness phenotype driven by NTSR. To explore this, we are generating a high-quality genome and annotation for A. aequalis. We will use this new A. aequalis resource in comparative genomic analysis between existing genomes for A. myosuroides to identify structural rearrangement, SNP variation and expansion and contraction of gene families between these two species to identify variation driving the evolution of weediness. Once annotated, we have resources for comparative transcriptomics analysis using sensitive and resistant members of each species to determine if UK and Chinese Alopecurus species have evolved herbicide resistance via altered regulation of a common suite of genes. Together these analyses help to explore the genetic basis of weediness in these problematic species.

 

 

Does the Emergence Pattern of Echinochloa crus-gali (Barnyardgrass) Differ with EPOST Timings in Corn? Theresa Piskackova*; Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Prague 6 - Suchdol, Czechia (Czech Republic) (201)

Predictive models for weed emergence can be an important part of precision weed management to minimize weed intervention while maximizing the benefits to the crop. Weed emergence models are often based on data from bare ground studies, which usually represent the worst-case scenario; however, weed emergence in the crop represents many factors which could affect the pattern of emergence. In this study we examine the emergence pattern of Echinochloa crus-gali, barnyardgrass, in corn treated with pre-emergence herbicides at five timings. The study was conducted in Suchdol, Czech Republic in 2021 and 2022 and corn was planted on April 22 and 28, respectively. Treatments were assigned in a randomized complete block design with 3 replications to small plots 2.25 m wide by 6.5 m long. Four herbicides were applied at each of five timings and two plots were left as nontreated controls in each replication (dimathinamid-P at 1008 g ha-1, pethoxamid at 1200 g ha-1, isoxaflutole at 96 g ha-1, and mesotrione at 480 g ha-1; applications at 18, 22, 27, 32, and 36 days after planting). Echinochloa crus-gali were enumerated in 3 0.25 m2 quadrats in every plot from first emergence after planting to full canopy closure (mid-May through mid-July). Total emergence and density at canopy closure was affected by herbicide and application timing. Emergence pattern was most affected by year even when accounting for thermal time.

 

 

A Single GST Identified Via an Association Mapping and Transcriptomics Approach Endows High Levels of Resistance to Atrazine in Amaranthus palmeri. Shiv S. Kaundun*; Syngenta, Bracknell, United Kingdom (202)

A Single GST Identified via an Association Mapping and Transcriptomics Approach Endows High Level of Resistance to AtrazineA. palmeri has become one of the most troublesome weeds in the Americas due in part to resistance evolution to multiple herbicide modes of action. Whilst target site resistance to a number of herbicides is well characterized in the species, the genes involved in non-target site resistance remain elusive so far due to the lack of quality genomes and mapping populations from carefully conducted crosses between susceptible and resistant individuals. In this study, we have employed an alternative transcriptomics and association mapping strategy to determine the non-target-site gene(s) linked to atrazine resistance in Amaranthus palmeri. RNA-seq experiments were conducted on nine sensitive and 10 atrazine-resistant US populations before and after atrazine application. Candidate genes from the transcriptome analysis were further validated via independent QPCR assays and heterologous expression in E. coli and tobacco. Only a single glutathione-S-transferase (GST) gene belonging the Phi-class, denoted ApGSTF1, was constitutively over-expressed in resistant (several 100-folds) as compared to sensitive populations. The single GST was further confirmed to confer very high levels of resistance to atrazine in both the GST-transformed E. coli and tobacco experiments. ApGSTF1 also endowed resistance to two other chlorotriazine herbicides but not to the other PSII herbicides tested.This study identified the first fully validated NTSR gene in the increasingly problematic Amaranthus palmeri species. It also demonstrates the power of association mapping to determine the most commonly present gene involved in NTSR among several resistant populations as opposed to gene identification in single resistant parents using a classical linkage mapping tactic. deepak.kaundun@syngenta.com

 

 

Utilizing Thermal Requirements of California Weedy Rice (Oryza sativa spontanea) to Predict Seedling Emergence Timing Under Field Conditions. Liberty B. Galvin*1, Whitney Brim-DeForest2, Kassim Al-Khatib1; 1University of California, Davis, Davis, CA, 2University of California, Davis, Yuba City, CA (203)

Post-emergent control applications are being developed for weedy rice (Oryza spp.) in California rice cropping systems. Identification of this pest is difficult due to the conspecificity with cultivated rice. Therefore, species-specific biological knowledge should be utilized to optimize application timing to ensure maximum efficacy. Rice fields west of the University of California Davis campus were hand-seeded in rows with California weedy rice accessions 1, 2, 3, and 5 in both 2019 and 2020 to simulate an infested weed seed bank. Fields were flooded the same day as seeding; seeds were not primed beforehand. Seedlings were removed from the soil upon emergence and burial depth was noted daily for 28 days after flooding. Soil temperature was used to calculate thermal time to emergence for all accessions. Accessions 1 and 5 required twice as much thermal accumulation (growing degree days, Celsius days) to initiate emergence compared with accessions 2 and 3 in 2019. In the same year, accession 3 required only 84 C days to reach 90% emergence, while accessions 1 and 2 required ~123 C days, and accession 5, 157 C days. In 2020, accession 5 required 3 times more thermal accumulation to initiate emergence compared with accessions 1, 2, and 3. Accession 2 and 3 required ~120 C days to reach 90% emergence in 2020, while accession 1 and 5 required 1481 and 222 C days, respectively. Four-parameter, log-logistic models were utilized, but had significant amounts of error and were not well-fit to the data collected (RMSE=4.264, AIC=4251 in 2019; RMSE=2.018, AIC=3152 in 2020). Incorporation of the flooding depth variable increased error, and consequently was not included in the analysis. Of the seeds counted, 98% emerged from 1 cm within the soil surface, so this is unlikely the source of variation in the data. Additional studies are needed to determine other environmental sources of influence, e.g., cloud cover at the time of flooding, over California weedy rice.

 

 

In-vitro Screening to Phenotype Cereal Rye (Secale cereale) Lines for Allelopathic Activity. Democrito B. Rebong*1, Ramon G. Leon1, Chris Reberg-Horton1, J. Paul Murphy1, Virginia Moore2, Steven Brian Mirsky3, Lisa Kucek4, Nancy Ehlke5; 1North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 2Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 3USDA ARS, Beltsville, MD, 4USDA Agricultural Research Service, Madison, WI, 5University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN (204)

Weeds are among the most important challenges in organic production due to limited effective control tools, the need for frequent control, and the high cost of fuel and labor. The use of cover crops in organic systems can improve weed control through competition with weeds and reducing their germination and emergence. Various research programs have conducted screenings for allelopathy and competition in different cereal crops with successful integration of allelopathy and competition research in rice (Oryza sativa L.), common wheat (Triticum aestivum L.), and barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). For rye (Secale cereale L.), old and new cultivars were developed for grain yield, forage, human food, bioethanol production, and biogas production. There have been no cultivars developed specifically for allelopathic potential and weed suppression. In this study, we screened 100 lines derived from crosses with commonly planted rye varieties 'ND Gardner' and 'Aroostook', using equal-compartment-agar method (ECAM) at the laboratory. Results showed that 19 lines from ND Gardner crosses and 3 lines from Aroostook crosses demonstrated high allelopathic activity with good to excellent weed control based on visual observations of symptoms (chlorosis, stunting and necrosis) on a percent scale compared to cereal rye-free control. These selected materials will be further tested in the field during the 2023 planting season. The ECAM is a simple and rapid procedure that can be very useful in evaluating allelopathy in rye genotypes under laboratory conditions which can be applied in a large screening program.

Demographic Implications of Self-fertilization and Migration for the Maintenance of Genetic Variation and Successful Adaptation to New Environments in Annual Weeds. Samuel R. Revolinski*, Ian Burke; Washington State University, Pullman, WA (205)

High rates of self-fertilization have long been associated with weediness in plants, especially downy brome (Bromus tectorum). However, the recent emergence of extremely problematic cross-fertilizing weeds indicates that there may be situations where cross-fertilization is advantageous for weedy species. Theoretically, complete self-fertilization reduces effective population sizes by one half, thus reducing the genetic variation present in populations that can be used to adapt. However, near-obligate self-fertilizing plants have been successful in adapting to, and subsequently invading many environments, often having substantial amounts of standing genetic variation within a single locale of the invaded range. However, it is not understood how near-obligate or obligate self-fertilizing species can maintain genetic variation within locales or why self-fertilizing species have been so successful in invading many environments, especially marginal or disturbed ecosystems. A single locus, self-fertilizing, two-island Fisher-Wright forward genetic simulation with migration and a polygenic black-hole sink simulation with varying rates of self-fertilization was used to answer fundamental questions about the implications of self-fertilization on invasiveness of annual weeds. The Fisher-Wright simulation demonstrated that, with even low levels of migration between locales and differential selection on the allelic state within locales, genetic variation could be maintained indefinitely within locales. The black-hole sink simulation indicated that self-fertilization does not impede adaptation compared to cross-fertilization in marginal environments, but that in rich environments where adult plants produced many off-spring, cross fertilization increased the likelihood of adaption by weedy species to the new environment. This study supports in cooperating methods to prevent seed spread in best management practices and informing biosecurity monitoring using self-fertilization frequencies.

 

 

Mapping of Metabolic Resistance to Tembotrione in Palmer Amaranth. Carlos Alberto Gonsiorkiewicz Rigon*1, Jacob S. Montgomery1, Anita Kpper2, Roland S. Beffa3, Franck E. Dayan1, Todd A. Gaines1; 1Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, 2Bayer AG, Frankfurt, Germany, 3Senior Scientist Consultant, Frankfurt, Germany (206)

Amaranthus palmeri is one of the most problematic weeds in the United States. 4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate dioxygenase (HPPD) inhibitors as tembotrione are widely used to control this species in corn systems. A tembotrione-resistant population of Palmer amaranth from Nebraska (NER) was characterized to have a faster hydroxylation than a susceptible population (NES). The objective of the study was to identify responsible genes and map the resistant trait in Pseudo-F2 populations. The hypothesis was that a cytochrome P450 gene is involved in the resistant trait and that a trans-regulatory element is involved in the increased metabolism mechanism. Two crosses of susceptible and resistant plants were performed to generate F1 and subsequent pseudo-F2 populations. Dose-response curve using increasing doses of tembotrione was performed with parental resistant NER, susceptible NES, and F1 plants to determine a delimiting rate that best separate S from R. Segregation in the pseudo-F2 population was measured in response to tembotrione at 77 g a.i. ha-1, in cross A and B. RNAseq and genotype-by-sequencing (GBS) were used on individuals from these segregating populations to identify candidate genes and quantitative trait loci (QTL), respectively. For QTL mapping, 382 plants were selected, 181 most susceptible, 150 most resistant plants, and parental plants. Plant tissue was collected before herbicide application and had DNA extraction using CTAB method. GBS libraries were made with ApeKl sequenced using NovaSeq S4 with 150 bp paired-end reads (Illumina). The sequence was performed at the University of Minnesota Genomics Center. Whole-genome sequencing reads were aligned to the male reference genome for Amaranthus palmeri (id55760) using BWA. Variant calling was performed using GATK 4.0 and filtered. Based on RNAseq analysis and subsequent validation in yeast as a heterologous system, CYP72A219-like gene was identified as responsible for the tembotrione metabolism. The segregation results demonstrate that the trait is multigenic. Future work will focus on functionally validating new candidate genes that are involved in CYP72A219-like regulation based on QTL.

 

 

Coupling Seedbank Management and Cultivation Tool Stacking for Improved Weed Control in Organic Vegetables. Margaret R. McCollough*1, Rebecca Champagne2, Eric R. Gallandt1, Daniel C. Brainard3; 1University of Maine, Orono, ME, 2The University of Maine, Orono, ME, 3Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI (207)

The combined effects of reducing the germinable weed seedbank and increasing physical weed control efficacy has the potential to improve weed management on organic farms. Physical weed control (PWC) remains a principal management strategy for organic farmers; however, efficacy is often low and variable. In an organic vegetable weed management systems trial, two levels of seedbank management were assessed in a factorial design with two PWC treatments. Seedbank management was either omitted or implemented using silage tarps followed by flame weeding, while cultivation treatments consisted of finger weeders as a single tool or stacked with hilling discs, torsion weeders, or hoe ridgers. Experiments were replicated over three years in Old Town, Maine, and Holt, Michigan, and used bush bean, table beet, and sweet corn as test crops. Results from the Maine site show that stacking finger weeders and hoe ridgers consistently reduced intra-row weed stands by 91% compared to 70% when finger weeders were used alone. Tool stacking with hoe ridgers also reduced intra-row weed recruitment 14 days after the last cultivation, resulting in 10 weeds m-2 compared to 45 weeds m-2 when hoe ridgers were not used. When finger weeders were stacked with torsion weeders, intra-row efficacy increased from 74% to 96% in one out of two cultivation events performed. Improved efficacy was not observed when tool stacking with hilling discs. Tarping for six weeks prior to planting the crop and pre-emergence flame weeding reduced early-season weed densities from 90 weeds m-2 to fewer than 20 weeds m-2. In plots receiving seedbank management, the germinable weed seedbank decreased from 4,100 seeds m-2 in year one to 2,000 seeds m-2 in year three. In plots receiving no seedbank management, the seedbank increased from 3,900 seeds m-2 in year one to 11,200 seeds m-2 in year two. However, these trends were not sustained; regardless of seedbank management treatment, final seedbank assays collected in year four, following three years of treatment, possessed seedbank densities equivalent to those observed at the start of the trial. Partial budget analysis showed that the addition of seedbank management can result in higher variable costs; however, they were offset by greater crop yields, leading to higher net returns. Data from the Michigan site awaits analysis; however, results from Maine show that coupling tool stacking for increased efficacy and targeted weed seedbank to encourage fatal weed seed germination has the potential to both reduce weed densities and increase profitability in organic vegetable systems.

 

 

Phenotypic Variation Among Populations of the Invasive Weed Parthenium hysterophorus L. (Asteraceae) as a Tool to Assess Multiple Introductions. Maor Matzrafi*1, Sahar Malka2, Hanan Eizenberg3; 1039904412, Ramat-yishay, Israel, 2The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel, 3Department of Plant Pathology and Weed Research, Agricultural Research Organization – Volcani Institute, Newe-Ya’ar Research Center, Ramat-yishay, Israel (208)

Parthenium hysterophorus L. (Asteraceae) is a noxious weed that has invaded more than 50 countries worldwide. In Israel, P. hysterophorus was first detected in 1980 at Tirat-Zvi, in the north-eastern region. In recent years, there has been increasing concern about the spread of this weed in agricultural and non-agricultural habitats across the country. The different locations where P. hysterophorus was found might suggest multiple introductions into the Israeli flora from foreign sources. Differences in response to environmental conditions among P. hysterophorus populations and transgenerational variation may reinforce the hypothesis of multiple introductions. Therefore, phenotypic variation in germination and phenology of field and progeny P. hysterophorus populations was studied. Seeds were collected from field populations in five locations with varying climatic and environmental conditions, and pollen-exclusion cages were used to produce the progeny populations. Seed germination of field and progeny populations was examined at constant temperatures (10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 C) and water potentials (0, -0.2, -0.4, -0.6, -0.8 and -1 MPa at 20C optimal temperature). Plants were grown in a greenhouse with controlled environmental conditions, and development was evaluated over a period of three months. According to the temperature model developed, seed germination occurred from 10 C to 30 C, with variation in optimal germination temperatures for field (19.5-21 C) and progeny (20-22.5 C) populations. Germination was recorded for all water potentials except -1MPa. Differences in germination capabilities under negative water potentials were observed among generations and populations. Modelling life cycle traits revealed significant differences in phenological characteristics among field and progeny populations. Phenotypic variation within and among generations and populations of the invasive weed P. hysterophorus can be used to assess the number of local introductions from foreign countries. By understanding the biology and phenology of different populations of P. hysterophorus, weed management efforts can be improved to control this invasive plant.

 

 

EPA's Plant Assessment Tool: A Non-Target Plant Exposure Model Used in Endangered Species Assessments. Melissa Bridges*1, Elizabeth Donovan1, Gretchen E. Dykes1, William P. Eckel1, Frank T. Farruggia1, Jerrett Fowler1, Kristina Garber1, Brian Kiernan1, Stephan Miller2, Chuck Peck1, Dana Spatz1, Holly Summers1, Peter Tellez1, Dirk Young1; 1US Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, 2US Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, VA (209)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), Environmental Fate and Effects Division (EFED) evaluates the potential risk to non-target plants and animals from use of conventional pesticides, including the potential impact on federally endangered or threatened (listed) species. EFED developed the Plant Assessment Tool (PAT) to estimate pesticide exposure to non-target plants in three ecological systems representing upland terrestrial, wetland, and aquatic habitats. PAT is a tool used to support the evaluation of whether pesticide exposure could affect listed plants, their critical habitats, and habitat for taxa that depend on plants. PAT is used in conjunction with the Pesticide in Water Calculator (PWC) to incorporate pesticide-specific environmental fate and transport data to derive estimated environmental concentrations (EECs) in each of the three habitat types (aquatic, wetland, and terrestrial). EECs from each habitat type can be compared to multiple plant toxicity endpoints, allowing for a more extensive characterization of a pesticide's potential impact to non-listed and listed plants species as compared to EFED's older plant exposure model, TerrPlant. Toxicity endpoints used by PAT can be from individual test species or species sensitivity distributions. PAT compares terrestrial and wetland habitat EECs (expressed as lbs a.i./A) to endpoints derived from terrestrial plant seedling emergence (OCSPP guideline 850.4100) and vegetative vigor (OCSPP guideline 850.4150) studies or other suitable studies. PAT compares wetland water column and aquatic habitat EECs (expressed as g a.i./L) to aquatic plant toxicity endpoints, including Lemna spp. (OCSPP guideline 850.4400), algae (OCSPP guideline 850.4500), and cyanobacteria (OCSPP guideline 850.4550). This presentation will provide a summary of the conceptual models for the three habitats, modeling approaches, and plant toxicity considerations in PAT.

 

 

EPA's Consideration of Pesticide Use, Mitigating Environmental Exposure, and Updating Labels in Endangered Species Evaluations. Frank T. Farruggia*1, Amy Adams2, Jennifer Connolly3, Kristina Garber1, Stephen Muela4, Tracy Perry3; 1US Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, 2United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washigton, DC, 3United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, 4United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washtington, DC (210)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), Environmental Fate and Effects Division (EFED) evaluates the potential risk to non-target plants and animals from use of conventional pesticides, including the potential effects on federally endangered or threatened (listed) species and designated critical habitats (CH). In the assessment process, EPA considers labelled pesticide use site locations, usage information from surveys and censuses, chemical properties, and species life history information to characterize the potential exposure to listed species and CH. These refinements inform EPA's individual-level effects determinations and predictions of likelihood of potential jeopardy to populations or adverse modification (J/AM) to CHs. Depending on the results of the assessment, mitigations may need to be identified. Potential mitigations vary by chemical, use site, application method, and primary exposure routes (e.g., spray drift, runoff), and mitigations can vary in scale (geographically localized or nation-wide). This presentation will provide a summary of the elements of EPA's evaluation when considering pesticides and their potential effects to listed species and CHs.

 

 

Public Comment Periods: How Can WSSA Help EPA? Part 1. Kelly V. Tindall*, Bradley Kells; US Environmental Protection Agency - Office of Pesticide Programs, Washington, DC (211)

This presentation will help stakeholders understand the kinds of information they can provide in public comments that will inform pesticide regulatory decisions, and how to provide that information. Presenters will provide an overview of the regulatory decision processes for pesticides highlighting opportunities for public participation, including when comment periods occur and how to submit comments. The presentation will explain the type of data or information that are used in human health and ecological risk assessments (including guideline studies, which are essentially protocols for required studies used to inform risk assessments), the type of data or information useful in assessing the benefits of a pesticide, and the data quality considerations that determine if and how the data are used.. Finally, this presentation will demonstrate how to determine where a pesticide is in the Registration Review process and how to navigate Regulations.gov. Due to the amount of content presented, the material will be divided in two presentations.

 

 

Public Comment Periods: How Can WSSA Help EPA? Part 2. Bradley Kells*, Kelly V. Tindall; US Environmental Protection Agency - Office of Pesticide Programs, Washington, DC (212)

This presentation will help stakeholders understand the kinds of information they can provide in public comments that will inform pesticide regulatory decisions, and how to provide that information. Presenters will provide an overview of the regulatory decision processes for pesticides highlighting opportunities for public participation, including when comment periods occur and how to submit comments. The presentation will explain the type of data or information that are used in human health and ecological risk assessments (including guideline studies, which are essentially protocols for required studies used to inform risk assessments), the type of data or information useful in assessing the benefits of a pesticide, and the data quality considerations that determine if and how the data are used.. Finally, this presentation will demonstrate how to determine where a pesticide is in the Registration Review process and how to navigate Regulations.gov. Due to the amount of content presented, the material will be divided in two presentations.

 

 

The Importance of Herbicide Resistance Information for Regulatory Agencies. Cameron H. Douglass1, John Orlowski*2; 1US Department of Agriculture, Office of the Chief Economist, Office of Pest Management Policy, Washington, DC, 2US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pesticide Programs, Biological and Economic Analysis Division, Washington, DC (213)

In the United States, pesticides, such as herbicides, are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), using guidelines and policies stipulated by applicable federal laws and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations. The Agency relies on a variety of information to inform regulatory decisions. One consideration is the benefit of an herbicide taking into account existing weed resistance to the herbicide or to alternative herbicides. EPA's ability to appropriately account for the resistance-related benefits and/or risks of a given herbicide depends on the availability of relevant data and information from registrants and the scientific community alike. Important sources of information on herbicide resistance include peer-reviewed published research, online databases, Extension weed control guides, and registrant-provided reports, when available. Recently EPA has also considered real-time, in-season reports on herbicide resistance, including information on Extension crop blogs and social media outlets, to better understand the benefits and risks of herbicide in relation to herbicide-resistant weeds. These up-to-date Extension communications are becoming increasingly critical sources of information for EPA on the status of herbicide resistance across the US, and help to inform regulatory decisions.

 

 

Climate Impacts of Herbicide Regulations: Case Studies with Cover Cropping and No-till. Laura Dodson1, Fengxia Dong2, Cameron H. Douglass*3, Rebecca Nemec4, Ryan Olver2, Michelle Ranville3; 1US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, Washington, DC, 2US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, Kansas City, MO, 3US Department of Agriculture, Office of the Chief Economist, Office of Pest Management Policy, Washington, DC, 4US Department of Agriculture, Office of the Chief Economist, Washington, DC (214)

Herbicides are important tools used by US growers that help to facilitate the adoption of conservation practices such as no- and reduced-tillage, and cover cropping. There has been particular interest recently in understanding the potential impacts - including with regards to carbon sequestration benefits - of regulatory changes and restrictions on grower adoption and implementation of these conservation practices. Current data describing interactions between cover cropping and no- and reduced-tillage adoption amongst US field corn and soybean growers and the use by those growers of 2,4-D, atrazine and/or glyphosate will be discussed in this talk. A preliminary modeling approach aiming to quantify the impacts on conservation practice adoption and estimated carbon sequestration benefits of possible future regulatory changes for these herbicides will also be presented.

 

 

Pesticide Task Forces: Role, Function, and Benefits. Montague U. Dixon*; Syngenta Crop Protection, Greensboro, NC (215)

ESA And FIFRA: A Regulatory Perspective on Successes and Challenges. Reuben D. Baris*; Corteva Agriscience, Indianapolis, IN (216)

On January 11, 2022 the US EPA approved amended registrations for Enlist One and Enlist Duo herbicides set to expire in January 2022, providing certainty for growers in the 2022 growing season. With EPA's decision to grant a seven-year amended registrations they announced a new process for registering new actives setting a new standard for pesticide registrations in the U.S. while ensuring the continued protection of endangered species. There has been a steady shift over the last few decades by the US EPA to evolve regulatory standards for evaluating pesticide registrations in the face of increasing litigation pressure. New policies implemented by US EPA shift the paradigm for pesticide evaluations. The Enlist registration decisions, and more recent evaluations can be viewed as case studies for collective renewed focus on the process and to chart an efficient path for endangered species protection, agriculture, and pesticide regulations.

 

 

Types of Registrations Under FIFRA - Section 3, Special Local Needs, Section 18 Emergency Use: What They Are and How They Are Utilized. Rachel Hardie*; Syngenta Crop Protection, Greensboro, NC (217)

The Purpose and Benefits of Regulatory Task Forces EPA uses the best available science and data to build models and conduct risk assessments to determine if a pesticide and its application will cause any unreasonable adverse effects to human health and the environment. Supplying EPA with the best available data falls on the shoulders of the pesticide registration owners. Task forces have been an excellent tool for industry to work together and provide EPA with a wide range of data – from toxicity studies for one specific active ingredient to exposure endpoints that are applicable to all active ingredients. Regulatory task forces have numerous benefits, both for industry and EPA, including reduced financial costs, more efficient review process, and uniform decision making.

 

 

Paraquat Dichloride Interim Registration Review Decision Update. Jordan Moseley*; Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC, Greensboro, NC (218)

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the final interim decision for paraquat dichloride registration review on August 2nd, 2021. EPA reviews each registered pesticide every 15 years to ensure that the pesticide can carry out its intended function while not causing unreasonable adverse affects to human health and the environment. The registration review process considers the best available science and latest data to make informed decisions regarding the use and registration status of each pesticide. For paraquat dichloride, the public docket for registration review was opened in December 2011. The August 2021 final interim decision marked the culmination of nearly ten years of work assessing the registered uses, risks, and benefits of paraquat. In the final interim decision, EPA identified potential human health risks of concern to occupational handlers mixing, loading, and applying paraquat for various use scenarios. Potential post-application risks to workers and risks to bystanders from spray drift were also identified. In addition, the Agency noted potential ecological risks to mammals, birds, terrestrial invertebrates, terrestrial plants, as well as some aquatic invertebrates and some aquatic plants. As a result, several changes have been required to product labels to address the potential risks to human health and the environment and to implement more generic label requirements for herbicide products.

 

 

Regulatory Update on Atrazine. Mark White*; Syngenta, Macon, MO (219)

Atrazine is the foundation of many weed control programs in field corn, sorghum, sugarcane, sweet corn, and certain specialty crops. Since 1958, atrazine been essential for high-yield agriculture, and it is critical to Integrated Pest Management and sustainable practices such as conservation tillage and no-till. Atrazine is used in more than 60 countries, and in the United States it is critical for controlling devastating pest weeds in the Midwestern, Southern and South-eastern growing regions. Atrazine is contained in more than 70 products, many of them mixtures with multiple herbicides, to control the most difficult weeds that infest farmlands. As we continue to see the increased development of weeds with resistance to certain herbicide modes of action, it is even more important than ever to maintain atrazine as a tank mixture partner for many other herbicides.Atrazine is currently undergoing a registration review re-evaluation by EPA as part of the 15 year registration review process. The agency has proposed significant changes to the atrazine label based in part on the revised (draft) Conservation Equivalent Level of Concern (CE-LOC) of 3.4 ppb over a 60 day rolling average. The proposed label changes are also being driven, in part, by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the current ESA consultation process with the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Proposed changes to the label include watershed based rate restrictions, a pick list of 12 mitigation practices, and additional restrictions based on environmental conditions. These changes could have significant impacts on effective weed management in the four major labeled crops (field corn, sweet corn, grain sorghum, and sugar cane). EPA has decided to convene a Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) in 2023 to consider the appropriateness of the proposed CE-LOC and the derivation process surrounding it. The Revised Interim Decision will not be finalized until the conclusion of the SAP.

 

 

Persistent Herbicides in Compost: A Regulatory Pathway. Travis Bui*; Corteva Agriscience, Indianapolis, IN (220)

Composting is the biologic process that converts organic materials into nutrient-rich soil amendments through natural decomposition. Raw ingredients for compost include a variety of organic materials such as grass, hay, plant debris and/or animal manures. Herbicides, including synthetic auxins, have been safely used by farmers, ranchers and lawn care operators and homeowners for decades; however, some herbicides are not quickly degraded by normal, commercialized composting processes. Unintended exposures may arise from off-label herbicide use, which may result in residues entering compost feedstuffs, or from composting of treated plant materials when composters are unaware of previous herbicide use. Current guideline non-target plant (NTP) studies (vegetative vigor and seedling emergence), which are used to support herbicide product registrations, do not represent the route of exposure from contaminated compost. Following EPA guidance, Corteva developed non-target, compost route-of-exposure dose-response study designs to generate toxicity endpoints that are appropriate for use in EPA regulatory risk assessments.

 

 

Introduction to the Center for Excellence in Regulatory Science in Agriculture at North Carolina State University. Keith L. Edmisten*, Danesha Seth Carley; North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (221)

The Economic, Nutritional, and Environmental Benefits of International Cooperation for the Establishment of MRLs on Specialty Crops. Dirk C. Drost*; Minor Use Foundation, Inc, Raleigh, NC (222)

This presentation will shine a light on the economic, environmental, and nutritional benefits of international research cooperation for the establishment of MRLs on specialty crops. Specialty crops are often high-value crops that have cultural importance, or are important for trade and economic growth in developing countries. They are also often overlooked in R&D investments in agriculture since they represent less of a percentage of total tonnage and acreage. Through innovative partnerships with pesticide manufacturers, universities, international organizations, and governments around the world, the Minor Use Foundation conducts research to enable access to crop protection solutions for these important commodities. More broadly, the Foundation promotes international cooperation and information-sharing to reduce redundancy in the pesticide-registration process. (i.e., joint international reviews, global zoning work, aligned trade standards) and builds a network of pre-eminent experts in pesticide science to create an inclusive, robust global dialogue on pesticide risk assessment, risk management, and risk communication. This presentation will explore the work of the Minor Use Foundation and its global impact.

 

 

Influence of Sorghum halepense (Johnsongrass) Density on Early Growth of Zea mays (Corn). Ryan P. O'Briant*1, Antonio DiTommaso2, Lynn M. Sosnoskie3; 1Cornell University - Soil and Crop Sciences, Brooktondale, NY, 2Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 3Cornell University, Geneva, NY (223)

 

 

 

Competitive and Hormetic Responses of Velvetleaf (Abutilon theophrasti) Historical Seed Collection. Sandra R. Ethridge*1, Saket Chandra1, Wesley Everman1, Anna M. Locke2, David L. Jordan1, Micheal D. Owen3, Ramon G. Leon1; 1North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 2USDA-ARS, Raleigh, NC, 3Iowa State University, Ames, IA (224)

Abutilon theophrasti Medik, or velvetleaf, is a weed of major economic importance in row crops, such as corn, cotton, and soybean. When in competition with row crops, A. theophrasti has negative impacts on crop height, leaf area index, biomass, and yield. Beginning in the 1980s and 1990s, producers used acetolactate synthase (ALS)-inhibiting herbicides and glyphosate to control A. theophrasti in agronomic systems. There have not been studies that seek to understand the multigenerational changes that are occurring in A. theophrasti populations that tracks the changes in competitive ability and increased tolerance to sublethal rates of glyphosate and ALS-inhibiting herbicides. The objective of this study was to understand morphological changes, competitive ability, and herbicide tolerance of a population of A. theophrasti from a seed collection spanning 28 years, from 1988 to 2016. A common garden experiment, a competition study, and a herbicide dose-response study were conducted with the historical seed collection. The results indicated that plant architecture and life-history traits of the studied A. theophrasti population did not change over time, however, when in competition in biomass and number of leaves for each plant over time. Also, when newer year-lines exhibited higher competitive ability. Furthermore, each year-line after 1988 had a hormetic response to the lowest evaluated dose of glyphosate, and this hormetic response increased progressively from 1995 to 2016. This study shows that it is critical to examine the evolutionary potential of weed species to be able to anticipate the rate of change and also mitigate this process for the future.

 

 

Soybean and Palmer Amaranth Identification Using Machine Learning. Dhiraj Srivastava*1, Vijay Singh2; 1Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Painter, VA, 2Virginia Tech, Painter, VA (225)

Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) is one of the most troublesome weeds in the US which interferes with soybean crop. Integrated weed management using spot spraying or selective placement practices is an effective approach for reducing herbicide usage and increasing weed control efficiency. Recently, emphasis has been placed on eco-friendly artificial intelligence (AI) -based weed robots and unmanned aerial spot sprayers (UAS). However, lack of quality data on crop and weed identification is the biggest obstacle to create reliable AI technology robust enough for mapping under different weather conditions and locations. Cost of image-labeling scales linearly with data size with only marginal increase in model performance. Therefore, image labelling process is not cost-efficient, while gathering unlabeled data is generally inexpensive. Semi-supervised learning offers to solve this problem by only requiring a partially labeled dataset and being label-efficient by utilizing the unlabeled images as well for learning process. The focus of this research is to present a new architecture based on self-supervised contrastive learning to detect Palmer amaranth in soybean. This research was conducted in 2022 at Painter, VA, where Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)-based red, green and blue (RGB) images were acquired at different growth stages of soybean and Palmer amaranth using DJI M-300 flown at an altitude of 12 meters. Image data for object detection models were annotated using 'LabelImg'. Considering the tradeoff between speed and accuracy, object detection method 'You Only Look Once' (YOLOv6) was found to be a suitable model for real-time deployment with precision and recall of Palmer amaranth greater than 80% at mean average precision (mAP) of 0.5 with an average inference speed of 6.75 milliseconds tested on the device NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 GPU. These findings have the potential to advance weed management through robots and UAS, reducing herbicide usage and associated environmental impacts, leading to enhanced economic viability of farming operations.

 

 

Do Cover Crops Affect Weed Community Structure? Uriel D. Menalled*1, Stephane Cordeau2, Antonio DiTommaso1, Richard G. Smith3, Matthew R. Ryan1; 1Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2INRAE, Lyon, France, 3University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH (226)

Cover crops are multifunctional tools that can suppress weeds while providing other important ecosystem services. Two field experiments were conducted across four site-years in New York to test the effect of cover crops on weed community structure. The first experiment compared four fall-planted cover crop treatments (canola, cereal rye, hairy vetch, and a hairy vetch cereal rye mix) to a control treatment that received tillage. The second experiment was identical, except it compared four spring-planted cover crop treatments (buckwheat, sorghum sudangrass, sunn hemp, and a sunn hemp sorghum sudangrass mix) to a tilled control. To test if crop-weed competition is affected by the relatedness of cover crops to weeds, the phylogenetic distance between species in each treatment was compared. Results show that cover crop competition can reduce the overall phylogenetic distance of weed communities, most strongly suppressing phylogenetically related weeds. However, planting timing affected the ability of cover crops to filter weed phylogenies because while all cover crops in this experiment led to meaningful reductions in weed biomass, only over-wintering species changed the phylogenetic spread of weed communities relative to the controls. Cover crops that were planted in the fall and overwintered were well established by the spring when summer annual weeds emerged, suggesting that there is a temporal component to phylogenetic filtering from crop-weed competition. Thus, our results demonstrate that asymmetric crop competition during weed establishment can influence weed community structure, where closely related species are most strongly filtered out of the community. This research has implications for the targeted management of problematic weed species, including herbicide resistant biotypes, and it contributes to a larger body of research on using cover crops for sustainable weed management.

 

 

Varietal Tolerance of Cucurbits Crops with Postemergence Applications of S-Metolachlor. Carrie J. Mansue*1, Thierry E. Besancon2, Lynn M. Sosnoskie3, Kurt M. Vollmer4; 1Rutgers University, Mays Landing, NJ, 2Rutgers University, Chatsworth, NJ, 3Cornell University, Geneva, NY, 4University of Maryland, Queenstown, MD (227)

Cucurbits are economically important vegetable crops in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the United States. Weeds can cause significant cucumber and summer squash yield reduction when allowed to compete with these crops. Season-long interference by various broadleaf and grassy weed species can reduce cucumber and summer squash yield depending on annual weather conditions, weed species, and planting density. S-metolachlor is a very long chain fatty acid (VLCFA) biosynthesis inhibiting herbicide (WSSA Group 15) that provides selective control of many annual grassy weeds as well as some small seeded broadleaf weeds and is effective on suppressing yellow nutsedge. Considering the limited and sometimes contradictory information on summer squash, cucumber and pumpkin tolerance to S-metolachlor applied PRE or early POST as well as the limited number of effective residual herbicides in cucurbits, greenhouse studies were conducted in Delaware, New Jersey and New York to evaluate crop tolerance on five cultivars on each species in response to four rates of S-metolachlor applied POST after plants have reached the two-leaf stage. The experimental design was a two-factor factorial consisting of cucurbit variety and S-metolachlor rate with four replications. S-metolachlor rates consisted of 800 (1/2X), 1,600 (1X), 3,200 (2X) and 6,400 (4X) g ha-1 applied postemergence when plants reached the two-leaf stage. A nontreated control was also included. Crop injury was rated by scoring crop canopy for leaf injury (necrosis, chlorosis, and leaf curl) and general stunting on a scale of 0% to 100%. For squash and cucumber studies, the surface area of the third-emerged leaf was analyzed using Leaf-IT and vegetation was collected for dry weight measurements. In pumpkin trials, there was no significant interaction with variety and rates of S-metolachlor at 1x or 2x. In comparing the cucumber and squash trials when apply rates of S-metolachlor at 1x, 2x, and 4x, cucumber varieties showed the most sensitivity in stunting, leaf area and dry weight measurements. Cucumbers ranged from 22% to 66% stunting as compared to squash ranging between 7% to 9%. Leaf area and dry weight data of cucumber varieties ranged from 25% to 73% leaf area and 46% to 87% dry weight compared to squash ranging from 110% to 113% leaf area and 106% to 120% dry weight, all comparable to the untreated control. The least sensitive variety of cucumbers was Diamondback. Diamondback at all rates of S-metolachlor showed lower injury compared to the other four varieties used in the trials.

 

 

Neutral Weed Communities: the Junction Point Between Crop Productivity, Biodiversity, and Ecosystem Services. Marco Esposito*1, Valerio Cirillo2, Albino Maggio2, Antonio DiTommaso3; 1Cornell University & University of Napoli Federico II, Ithaca, NY, 2University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy, 3Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (228)

Weeds are a fundamental component of agroecosystems and, if not appropriately managed, can cause severe crop yield losses. Considering the increase in environmental and agronomic concerns associated with herbicide application and soil tillage, it is necessary to identify new weed management solutions. We propose the promotion of neutral weed communities, which are weed communities that coexist with crops and do not negatively affect their yield and quality. Establishing neutral weed communities can enable reduced herbicide use and soil tillage while enhancing ecosystem services and biodiversity. We report scientific evidence of neutral weed communities and survey ecological explanations for why different weed communities have different effects on crop production. We also propose two weed management approaches to obtain neutral weed communities. The first approach aims to maximize weed biodiversity using traditional approaches such as cropping system diversification and integrated weed management. Higher weed biodiversity is associated with lower dominance of competitive weed species that reduce crop yield. The second approach relies on modern tools such as robots and biotechnology to manipulate the density of specific weed species. This approach can remove highly problematic species and minimize niche overlap between the weeds and crop. Given the complexity of interactions between crops, weeds, and other components of the agroecosystem, we highlight the need for multidisciplinary research to illuminate mechanisms determining the neutrality of weed communities.

 

 

Optimizing Impregnated Pyroxasulfone for Cotton. Brock A. Dean*, Charlie W. Cahoon, Zackary R. Taylor, Jose H. de Sanctis, Jacob Forehand, Hunter Lee; North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (229)

Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) is a troublesome weed now confirmed resistant to 9 herbicide modes of action. Moving forward, cotton farmers will need all available tools to successfully manage herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth. One such tool is the use of granular fertilizers impregnated with residual herbicides. During 2022, two separate experiments were established near Rocky Mount and Clayton to determine the optimal rate of granular ammonium sulfate (AMS) impregnated with pyroxasulfone and the optimal timing for use in cotton. Cotton cultivar 'DP2115 B3XF' was planted on 11 May and 12 May at Rocky Mount and Clayton, respectively. For the rate study, AMS rates included 161, 214, 292, 321, 374, 428, and 482 kg ha-1, equivalent to 34, 45, 56, 67, 79, 90, and 101 kg N ha-1, respectively. Pyroxasulfone was impregnated on granular AMS to achieve a final herbicide rate of 118 g ai ha-1 across all AMS rates. For the timing study, 118 g ai ha-1 pyroxasulfone was impregnated on granular AMS applied at a rate of 321 kg ha-1 (67 kg N ha-1) to 5- to 7-leaf, 9- to 11-leaf, and 1st bloom cotton. For both studies, weed control and cotton tolerance to impregnated pyroxasulfone was compared to pyroxasulfone (118 g ai ha-1) applied postemergence over-the-top (POST) and postemergence-directed (POST-DIR). A nontreated was also included for comparison. Prior to pyroxasulfone applications, all plots (including the nontreated) were kept weed free using multiple applications of glyphosate + glufosinate; no residuals were used prior to pyroxasulfone applications. Visual estimates of Palmer amaranth control and cotton injury were collected bi-weekly until 70 days after application (DAA) and Palmer amaranth density and biomass were collected prior to cotton defoliation. At the conclusion of the season, cotton was machine harvested and weighed to determine yield. For both studies, cotton injury was minimal outside of some foliar necrosis in response to some AMS sticking to damp foliage. For the rate study, Palmer amaranth was controlled 58 to 89% and 63 to 86% 70 DAA at Clayton and Rocky Mount, respectively. Furthermore, there were no differences in late season Palmer amaranth control across AMS rates and all pyroxasulfone impregnated AMS treatments performed similarly to pyroxasulfone applied POST and POST-DIR. For the timing study, 70 DAA, Palmer amaranth was controlled 73 to 90% and 82 to 99% at Clayton and Rocky Mount, respectively. Like the rate study, there were no differences in late season Palmer amaranth control across timings nor when comparing pyroxasulfone impregnated AMS to pyroxasulfone applied POST or POST-DIR. For both studies, cotton yield among plots receiving pyroxasulfone impregnated on AMS, POST, or POST-DIR were similar regardless of AMS rate or timing.

 

 

 

Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation: A Catalyst for Organic Watermelon Production in South Carolina? Sohaib Chattha*, Matthew A. Cutulle; Clemson University, Charleston, SC (230)

Managing weeds and diseases in organic crop production is difficult. Palmer amaranth (Ameranthus palmeri S. Watts) and yellow nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus L.) are two problematic weed species in southeastern U.S. organic watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) production. Weed control options in organic watermelon production are limited and require non-chemical tactics. Anaerobic soil disinfestation (ASD) is an ecological alternative to chemicals and is an effective method to suppress soil-borne diseases and weeds in various crops. Two experiments were conducted jointly at Clemson University Coastal Research and Education Center and United States Department of Agriculture Vegetable Laboratory, Charleston, South Carolina to study the impact of ASD for controlling weeds. The objective of first study was to evaluate the potential of standard carbon amendments to control weeds such as yellow nutsedge and palmer amaranth and to check reactivity of 20 commercial and/or USVL watermelon cultivars and rootstock in ASD in a hoophouse. The standard carbon amendments were chicken manure (CM) + molasses (M). Weed control percentage, weed count, plant vigor, plant height and plant biomass data were recorded. CM+M significantly improved soil anaerobic conditions compared to control. The carbon amendments treatment effectively controlled weeds by 90-95% compared to control only 10-20%. Four watermelon cultivars: Extazy, powerhouse, exclamation and sangaria showed highest plant vigor and plant biomass. The results suggested that ASD incorporated with CM+M treatments can effectively control weeds in organic watermelon production. Future research will focus on evaluating the performance of these treatments in field studies.

 

 

 

Weed Potential of Roll-crimped Cereal Rye Differs Across Cultural Practices. Laurel Wellman*1, John M. Wallace2; 1Penn State University, State College, PA, 2Penn State University, University Park, PA (231)

Incomplete cereal rye (Secale cereale L.) termination with the roller crimper can generate a weed management problem for reduced tillage organic growers. Cereal rye is commonly used for weed suppression post-termination as a surface mulch. Organic growers rely on the roller crimper to effectively terminate rye while leaving the shoots and roots intact to promote mulch longevity and maximize weed suppression throughout the subsequent cash crop. Rye termination using the roller crimper is phenology-based, and roll crimping is most effective at anthesis. Cultural practices, such as adjusting seeding rate, sowing arrangement, and fall fertility can influence groundcover and biomass potential of cereal rye, but little is known about how these practices affect cereal rye termination efficacy when using a roll-crimper. Specifically, these practices may alter the evenness of the cereal rye stand, compromising the grower's ability to target roll crimping at anthesis. Although the trigger for roll crimping is phenology-based, other characteristics of the rye at the time of roll-crimping may also influence termination efficacy, such as the height and diameter of tillers. Two complementary field experiments were initiated in the fall of 2021 to assess cultural practices for improving cereal rye performance within CCORNT (cover crop-based, organic rotational no-till) soybean production. The first experiment is a two-factor randomized complete block design with two rye sowing arrangements (grid sown vs. standard 19-cm rows), four seeding rates with an unseeded control (0, 31, 63, 126, 188 kg ha-1), and three replications. The second experiment is a randomized complete block design with a split-plot treatment structure and five replications. Fall fertility treatments are imposed in the main plot (0, 3.4, 6.7 Mg ha-1 fall-applied poultry litter), and soybean planting strategy (planting green at boot stage followed by roll-crimping and planting at anthesis vs. roll-crimping and planting at anthesis) is imposed at the split-plot level. At the time of soybean planting, the distribution of the rye stand was assessed by measuring the height, diameter, and Zadoks growth stage of individual tillers. The evenness of the stand was assessed using Gini coefficients, a measure of inequality along a frequency distribution. In late June, rye regrowth was assessed by counting tillers, and in late July, the same rye seedheads were hand harvested and the number of seeds counted to determine seed rain potential. A subset of seeds was germinated in the lab to determine the viability of seeds and ensuing weed potential. We found that fall applied poultry litter increased the height, diameter and growth stage of rye at the time of roll crimping, while increasing rye seeding rate was negatively correlated with rye height and diameter, but positively correlated with growth stage. Increasing seeding rate increased inequality in the distribution of rye stem diameter, but trended towards decreased inequality in rye growth stage. Poultry litter decreased inequality in the distribution of rye height and growth stage. Poultry litter minimized the number of tillers of regrowth after roll crimping and both poultry litter and increased seeding rate minimized the number of viable volunteer rye seeds, effectively diminishing the impact of volunteer rye. Preliminary results suggest increasing seeding rate and fall applied poultry litter may improve the evenness of the rye stand and reduce the weed potential of cereal rye in subsequent crops.

 

 

 

False-Green Kyllinga (Kyllinga gracillima) Establishment from Seed is Influenced by Turfgrass Mangement Regime. Trevor S. Watson*, Matthew T. Elmore, Daniel P. Tuck; Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (232)

Replicate field research experiments were conducted from 2021-2022 in North Brunswick, NJ on Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis) to evaluate false-green kyllinga (Kyllinga gracillima) establishment from seed. Two turfgrass maintenance regimens and three seeding treatments were evaluated in a split-plot randomized complete block design with four replications. Maintenance regimens formed whole plots. The high maintenance regimen consisted of 200 kg N ha-1 annually and preventative fungicide applications during summer. The low maintenance regimen was fertilized once annually at 25 kg N ha-1 and no fungicides were applied. Sub-plot treatments were either seeded with false-green kyllinga seeded at 5 kg or 500 kg ha-1, and smooth crabgrass (Digitaria ischaemum) at 500 kg ha-1. Smooth crabgrass was used as a standard for comparison. Weed cover was determined visually and using a grid intersect count. Turfgrass cover was determined using digital image analysis (Turf Analyzer software) in May at kyllinga emergence. Data were subjected to ANOVA in SAS 9.4 using Fisher's protected LSD (P=0.05) was used to separate means. Main effect interactions were detected (P < 0.05) in August and September intersect count data in both years. In August of both years, false-green kyllinga cover was greater under low maintenance (81% in 2021 and 48% in 2022) than high maintenance (24% in 2021 and 18% in 2022) when seeded at 500 kg ha-1. In August and September of both years, crabgrass cover was not affected by maintenance. Under high maintenance, crabgrass cover was 88 and 93% in August 2021 and 2022, respectively. When seeded at 5 kg ha-1, false-green kyllinga cover was greater under low maintenance (16%) than high maintenance (6%) in August 2021, but maintenance did not affect cover in 2022. Kentucky bluegrass cover was 94 and 98% under low and high maintenance, respectively in May 2022, compared to 87 and 97% cover in May 2021. Greater low maintenance turfgrass cover in 2022 could explain why maintenance regimen had less of an impact on weed cover. False-green kyllinga establishment from seed was influenced more by turf management regimen than smooth crabgrass. This research also indicates that false-green kyllinga establishment can occur from seed in turfgrass. Future studies will focus on false-green kyllinga control with preemergence herbicides.

 

 

 

 

Soybean Response to Simulated Drift of Herbicides Commonly Used to Manage Roadside Weeds. Estefania Gomiero Polli*, Travis Gannon, Ronald R. Rogers, Mathieu LeCompte, Khalied Ahmed; North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (233)

Management of roadside vegetation is essential to provide safe travel routes for drivers and passengers, and to preserve the integrity of road system infrastructure. Herbicides are an effective and economical way to manage vegetation along roadsides. However, the high occurrence of herbicide off-target movement cases in recent years has raised concerns among agencies responsible for managing roadsides. The objective of this research was to investigate the response of soybean to simulated drift of five herbicides commonly used along roadsides. A field study was conducted at Sandhills Research Station in Jackson Springs, NC from January to October of 2022. The study was arranged as a strip-plot design on a randomized complete design replicated 3 times. The whole plots were a two-level factorial of 5 herbicides (triclopyr, triclopyr + clopyralid, 2,4-D + dichlorprop, sulfometuron, indaziflan) and 4 herbicides rates (1%, 5%, 10% and 100% of field dose), and the strip-plot was application timing (18, 12, 6, or 0 weeks before planting and 4 or 8 weeks after planting). An untreated control was included for each block within application timing. Soybean was planted on May 18th and harvested on October 28th. Applications were performed using a 3-nozzle boom CO2 backpack with a carrier volume of 140 L ha-1 (triclopyr + clopyralid, sulfometuron, indaziflan) and 935 L ha-1 (triclopyr, 2,4-D + dichlorprop) to simulate real roadside application parameters. Yield data were recorded and converted into a percentage of yield loss (YL) as compared to the untreated control. YL data were subjected to analysis of variance in SAS software and treatment means were computed using Fisher's least significant procedure (a=0.05). Herbicide treatments applied post-planting presented higher YL (44%) than treatments applied pre-planting (10%). While YL by indaziflan and sulfometuron was observed throughout all application timings, YL by triclopyr, triclopyr + clopyralid, and 2-4-D + dichlorprop was higher when applied post-planting. YL was observed for all herbicides even at the lowest rates. Triclopyr applied at 1% and 5% of the field rate caused 7% and 25% YL, respectively. The findings of this study suggest that drift of triclopyr, triclopyr + clopyralid, and 2,4-D + dichlorprop is less likely to decrease yield when it occurs before soybean planting. Additionally, drift of 2,4-D + dichlorprop, indaziflan, and sulfometuron at very low rates had little impact (<10%) on soybean YL.

 

 

 

Multi-Seed Zea Pellets (MSZP) for Increasing Agroecosystem Biodiversity. Sophie Westbrook*1, Masoume Amirkhani2, Alan G. Taylor2, Michael T. Loos2, John E. Losey1, Antonio DiTommaso1; 1Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2Cornell University, Geneva, NY (234)

Intensive agricultural crop production is typically associated with low biodiversity. Low biodiversity is associated with a deficit of ecosystem services, which may limit crop yield (e.g., low pollination of insect-pollinated crops) at the individual field level or exacerbate the landscape-level impacts of intensive agriculture. To increase biodiversity and enhance ecosystem services with minimal loss of crop production area, farmers can plant desirable non-crop species near crop fields. Adoption of this practice is limited by inefficiencies in existing establishment methods. We have developed a novel seed molding method allowing non-crop species to be planted with a conventional Zea mays (corn) planter, reducing labor and capital costs associated with native species establishment. Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed) was selected as a model native species because Asclepias plants are the sole food source for Danaus plexippus (monarch butterfly) larvae. Stratified A. syriaca seeds were added to a mixture of binder (maltodextrin) and filler (diatomaceous earth and wood flour) materials in a 3D-printed mold with the dimensions of a Z. mays seed. The resulting Multi-Seed Zea Pellets (MSZP), shaped like Z. mays seeds, were tested against non-pelleted A. syriaca seeds in several indoor and outdoor pot experiments. Molding into MSZP did not affect percentage emergence or time to emergence from a 2 cm planting depth. Intraspecific competition among seedlings emerged from an MSZP did not differ from competition among seedlings emerged from a cluster of non-pelleted seeds. These findings demonstrate the potential of MSZP technology as a precise and efficient method for increasing agroecosystem biodiversity.

 

 

 

Using 3-D Image Reconstruction to Characterize Canopy Architecture and Predict Biomass. April M. Dobbs*1, Daniel J. Ginn2, Sren K. Skovsen3, Muthukumar V. Bagavathiannan2, Steven Brian Mirsky4, Chris Reberg-Horton1, Prashant Jha5, Ramawatar Yadav5, Ramon G. Leon1; 1North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 2Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 3Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark, 4USDA ARS, Beltsville, MD, 5Iowa State University, Ames, IA (235)

Variability in biomass production poses a challenge for growers when using cover crops for weed control. However, most methods for assessing cover crop biomass are laborious and impractical for measuring within-field variability in real-time. This study used Structure-from-Motion (SFM) photogrammetry to estimate biomass in cereal rye (Secale cereale L.) and winter wheat (Triticum aestivum) cover crops. Using a hand-held GoPro camera, we recorded videos over cover crop-planted fields in multiple locations (NC, IA, and MD) throughout the 2021-2022 growing season. We used SFM to digitally recreate the 3-D structure of the cover crop canopy with point clouds at multiple growth stages through maturity. Crop height, leaf area index (LAI), and photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) were also measured to characterize canopy structure throughout the season. For both species, biomass, height, and LAI were positively correlated. PAR penetrating the canopy was negatively correlated with biomass and crop height. We used point cloud pixel quantity and crop height to develop a model for predicting biomass in both species at different heights. Based on independent data validation, we were able to estimate cover crop biomass using 3-D point clouds with over 70% accuracy in both crops.

 

 

 

Cover Crops and Falls Residual Herbicides for Managing Multiple Herbicide-Resistant Italian Ryegrass. Jose H. de Sanctis*, Charlie W. Cahoon, Wesley Everman, Travis Gannon, Zachary R. Taylor; North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (236)

Italian ryegrass (Lolium perenne ssp. multiflorum) is a troublesome weed that has evolved resistance to 7 herbicide modes of actions in the US. Furthermore, in North Carolina, populations resistant to herbicides from groups 1, 2, 9, and 22 have been reported. Italian ryegrass is a winter annual weed species that has been traditionally managed with burndown herbicide applications in the spring shortly before planting, which increases the selection pressure on postemergence herbicides. To mitigate the spread or selection of such biotypes and provide effective control of Italian ryegrass it is crucial to integrate alternative management approaches. The objectives of this study were to evaluate Italian ryegrass control with cover crops and fall applied residual herbicides and investigate the level of cover crop injury from residual herbicides. The study was conducted in Salisbury and Clayton, NC, during the fall/winter of 2021-2022. The study was designed as a 3x5 strip-plot with four replicates, where the strips were the three cover crop treatments (no-cover, cereal rye at 80 kg ha-1, and crimson clover at 18 kg ha-1) and the subplots consisted of five residual herbicide treatments (S-metolachlor at 1420 g ai ha-1, flumioxazin at 60.6 g ai ha-1, metribuzin 470 g ai ha-1, pyroxasulfone at 119 g ai ha-1, and no-pre). Cover crops were seeded on Oct/20/2021 and Oct/18/2021 in Salisbury and Clayton, respectively, and residual herbicides were applied immediately after planting. Data collection consisted of bi-weekly visual estimates of Italian ryegrass control and cover crop injury, cover crop stand, and Italian ryegrass density. Cover crop and Italian ryegrass biomass were collected in the spring of 2022, at 24 weeks after planting (WAP). S-metolachlor and pyroxasulfone resulted in the least amount of cover crop injury and at 24 WAP treatments resulted in <14% injury, regardless of the cover crop type and location. Metribuzin injured cereal rye and crimson clover 64% and 53% , respectively. At 8 WAP, cover crop treatment had little effect on Italian ryegrass control; cereal rye and crimson clover resulted in comparable control (83% and 81%, respectively). Furthermore, at the same timing, all herbicides provided satisfactory Italian ryegrass control, ranging from 73% to 88%. However, at 24 WAP Italian ryegrass control in plots with cereal rye was 82% compared with 47% from plots with crimson clover. In addition, at 24 WAP, metribuzin was the least effective treatment and it resulted in 34% Italian ryegrass control. Findings of this study suggest that although residual herbicides resulted in satisfactory control on Italian ryegrass initially, cover crop was more important to the final suppression. Which can be explained by the fact that cereal rye no herbicides have similar level of Italian ryegrass suppression to cereal rye plus herbicides, with the exception of metribuzin that had least amount of Italian ryegrass suppression at 24 WAP is because it injured the cover crop. This further evidence the importance of cover crop biomass for weed suppression.

 

 

 

Herbicides Affect White Clover Bloom Morphology and Pollinator Foraging in Lawn Turf. Navdeep Godara*, Shawn Askew; Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (237)

The recent decline in pollinator abundance may impact global food production. Several common weeds of managed turfgrass systems attract pollinators, and turfgrass is often treated with insecticides harmful to pollinators. Field studies were conducted in 2021 and 2022 to evaluate the effect of various herbicides and herbicide-formulation constituents on pollinator foraging and white clover (Trifolium repens L.) flower morphology in managed tall fescue turf in an effort to develop best practices to prevent pollinators visiting turf that receives insecticide sprays. Three separate experiments were implemented in Blacksburg, VA, as randomized complete block designs with six replications and seven treatments. Treatments included a nontreated control; MCPP; 2,4-D; dicamba; Trimec Classic™ (2,4-D, MCPP, dicamba); Speedzone™ (carfentrazone, 2,4-D, MCPP, dicamba); and a formulation blank (inert ingredients of Speedzone™). Flower density in each plot was assessed each morning, starting one day before treatment and ending 6 days after treatment (DAT). All insect foragers observed for one minute were recorded for each plot three times daily (10:00am, 1:00pm, and 4:00pm). Each day, flower petal discoloration was calculated via digital image analysis for three flowers in each plot. The formulation blank did not alter white clover flower density or petal quality compared to nontreated plots; however, all herbicides reduced white clover flower density equivalently, with complete reduction occurring 4 to 5 DAT. Furthermore, honey bees and other insects vacate herbicide-treated areas in less than 2 DAT, even though the loss of floral density and petal discoloration were observed three days later. Overall, the results suggest that insecticides could be applied two days after herbicide application to white-clover-infested turf with a limited risk of pollinator exposure.

 

 

 

Effect of Metcamifen on Trifloxysulfuron Absorption, Translocation and Metabolism in Turfgrass Systems. Ronald R. Rogers*, Travis Gannon, Khalied Ahmed; North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (238)

Trifloxysulfuron is a post-emergent herbicide used to control broadleaf weeds, grassy weeds and sedges in select turfgrass systems. Many warm season turfgrass species are tolerant to trifloxysulfuron; however, St. Augustinegrass is sensitive. The safener metcamifen, is known to safen clodinafop-propargyl applications in rice and maize. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of the safener metcamifen on the absorption, translocation, and metabolism on 14C-trifloxysulfuron in yellow nutsedge and St. Augustinegrass. In absorption and translocation studies plants treated with 14C-trifloxysulfuron were harvested 0,4,12, 24, 48, 96 and 192 hours after treatment (HAT) and partitioned into six different plant parts. Translocation studies showed greater 14C-trifloxysulfuron recovered in the leaf wash (41.2% > 36.3%) and treated leaf (39.0% > 33.7) for trifloxysulfuron + metcamifen compared to trifloxysulfuron alone in yellow nutsedge. St. Augustinegrass translocation data show greater 14C-trifloxysulfuron recovered in the treated leaf (34.8% >28.4%) for trifloxysulfuron + metcamifen treatment compared to trifloxysulfuron alone. Plants used in the metabolism experiment were grown, maintained, and treated in a similar fashion as plants reserved for the absorption and translocation experiment. Metabolism studies showed a decrease in 14C-trifloxysulfuron recovered for the trifloxysulfuron + metcamifen treatment 48 HAT (76.8 % < 84.4%), 96 HAT (67.2% < 74.5 %) and 192 HAT (54.8 % < 66.8%) compared to trifloxysulfuron alone in St. Augustinegrass while differences were not observed in yellow nutsedge.

 

 

 

Confirmation of Glufosinate Resistance and Inheritance in a North Carolina Palmer Amaranth (Amaranthus Palmeri) Population. Eric A. Jones*, Jeffrey Dunne, Diego J. Contreras, Charlie W. Cahoon, Katherine M. Jennings, Ramon G. Leon, Wesley Everman; North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (239)

A putative glufosinate-resistant Amaranthus palmeri population was reported in 2015 in Anson County, North Carolina. In the field, two different A. palmeri cohorts exhibited differential responses of death and survival suggesting the population is still segregating for resistance. Dose-response assays conducted in the greenhouse determined the Anson County population exhibited reduced susceptibility to glufosinate compared to three glufosinate-susceptible populations. The LD50 values (210-267 g ai ha-1) for the Anson County populations were always significantly higher than the LD50 values (118-158 g ai ha-1) for the tested glufosinate-susceptible population from the dose-response assays. Anson County plants that survived lethal glufosinate rates (267-450 g ai ha-1) were reciprocally crossed with a glufosinate-susceptible plants to create F1 genotypes and treated with a lethal rate of glufosinate (267 g ai ha-1) to determine the distribution of injury and survival for each biparental cross compared to a cross including two glufosinate-susceptible parents. The distribution of injury was non-normal for the biparental crosses containing an Anson County plant compared to the cross with a susceptible male and female. Survival was 68-84% for biparental crosses containing an Anson County plant, while the survival was significantly reduced to 35% for the susceptible plant cross. Chi-square goodness of fit tests were used to test inheritance models to describe survival of the progeny of each biparental cross. The RM SF and SM RF2 cross were best described with a heterozygous two loci with incomplete dominance model compared to the RM RF1 cross that was best described with a heterozygous single loci with incomplete dominance model. These results suggest that the Anson County A. palmeri population has evolved glufosinate resistance and the inherited mechanism is oligogenic with incomplete dominance from heterozygous parental genotypes with a possible maternal effect.

 

 

 

Factors That Influence Uniform Droplet Deposition from an Agricultural Spray Drone. Daewon Koo*1, Navdeep Godara1, John M. Peppers1, Clebson G. Goncalves2, Shawn Askew1; 1Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 2University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ukiah, CA (240)

Agricultural spray drones (ASD) have become increasingly accessible in recent years, but little is known regarding their use for pest control. Since pesticide labels do not currently specify use patterns for ASDs, commercial applicators are reliant on aerial application specifications that limit spray tip placement to no greater than 75% of the aircraft's rotor span. To improve efficiency and allow drones to span more than a few meters per pass, drone manufacturers equip drones with spray tips that generate fine droplets subject to dispersal by drone rotors. Our previous research showed that droplet deposition decreases up to 60% as drone height increases up to 10 m. Medical and pesticide sciences literature suggests these losses are due to droplet vaporization. Studies were conducted to further test this theory and examine potential drift reduction technologies to help conserve deposition. The trial was conducted at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, USA to examine the influence of TeeJet spray tips (XR11001, XR11002, AIXR11002) and drift reduction agent (DRA) (BAS-638, BAS-639, Intact™) on droplet vaporization. Twenty white craft papers (21.6 cm x 30.5 cm) were positioned parallel to the ground at vertical heights of 0.5-m increments. Blazon blue colorant (Milliken, USA) and water (1:1) were sprayed with a hand-held boom sprayer at 10-m above the lowest paper simulating the flow rate of the ASD and comparing spray tips supplied with the ASD (XR11001) with and without DRA to the other two spray tips without DRA. Papers were scanned and analyzed with customized python codes to count and measure droplets, and colorant was extracted and analyzed with a spectrophotometer to quantify colorant deposition. As expected, colorant spots less than 150 m decreased from 19 to 1 spot cm-2 as the distance from a XR 11001 spray tip increased to 10 m. Larger spray tip orifices and DRA mixtures had no more than five < 150 m colorant spots cm-2 regardless of height. These data support our hypothesis regarding small-droplet vaporization. Since the spray boom was operated at extreme heights and only two spray tips were utilized, large-droplets were dispersed due to their mass and resulting inertia along the angle of propulsion. This horizontal dispersion of large droplets varied by treatment and limited our ability to estimate deposition conservation.

 

 

 

The Confirmation and Characterization of Auxinic Herbicide Resistance in a Population of Green Pigweed (Amaranthus powellii) from Ontario, Canada. Isabelle Aicklen*1, Peter Smith1, Brendan Metzger2, Todd A. Gaines3, Mithila Jugulam4, Darren E. Robinson5, Peter H. Sikkema5, Francois Tardif1; 1University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada, 2BASF Canada, Morden, MB, Canada, 3Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, 4Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 5University of Guelph, Ridgetown, ON, Canada (241)

Auxinic herbicides have been historically used for the selective control of dicot weed species in crop production. Repeated applications of these herbicides has been a strong selection pressure for herbicide resistance creating management challenges for farmers. A population of green pigweed with suspected resistance (R) to the auxinic herbicide MCPA has been reported in Ontario. The objective of this study is to confirm resistance of this population to MCPA and to determine the pattern of cross resistance to other auxinic herbicides. Dose response experiments were conducted to compare differences in GR50 values (dose causing growth reduction of 50%) between R and a known susceptible (S) green pigweed population using MCPA amine, mecoprop, 2,4-D ester, dichlorprop-p, halauxifen-methyl, dicamba, and aminocyclopyrachlor. Field trials were conducted using auxinic herbicides applied post emergence in corn to evaluate the control of green pigweed and to confirm herbicide resistance at the field level. Following completion of resistance confirmation studies, a second objective was addressed to confirm the mechanism of herbicide resistance in this weed species. Experiments using [14C] MCPA were conducted to compare non-target site resistance mechanisms between R and S populations. [14C] MCPA was applied to the fourth true leaf and sampled at 6, 24, 48, and 72 h after treatment. Following sampling of plant tissue, the % absorption, translocation, and metabolism was quantified for each time point and population and comparisons were made. The dose response results confirmed that R has 4.4-fold resistance to MCPA with cross resistance to aminocyclopyrachlor (3.0-fold), dichlorprop (2.5-fold), and mecoprop (2.4-fold). Field trials showed that dicamba provided superior control (>80%) at 56 days after application but control was 30% with MCPA alone, 46% with MCPA + fluroxypyr, and 36% with MCPA + fluroxypyr/halauxifen-methyl. This confirms that the level of resistance observed in the lab brings the effectiveness of MCPA or MCPA with other auxinic herbicides below commercially acceptable levels. The findings of the dose response and field study demonstrates the importance of determining the mechanism of herbicide resistance in this population. Preliminary results of the [14C] study indicated no differences in the % absorption, translocation, and metabolism between populations R and S however, visual inspection of the populations indicates strong phenotypic differences. It is therefore suspected that there is a different mechanism of resistance and further research will be conducted to test this objective.

 

 

 

Speed, Angle and Spacing Effects on Finger Weeder Performance. Jordan W. Parks*, Margaret R. McCollough, Eric R. Gallandt; University of Maine, Orono, ME (242)

Organic farmers rely on physical weed control (PWC) to reduce weed density in most crops. Farmers adjust PWC tools based on trial and error, and prior experience. Depending on the type of tool, adjustments may include changes in tool depth, angle, distance to crop row, and speed. Research based information on optimizing tool settings would benefit these farmers, especially beginning farmers. In the present study, finger weeder angle, spacing, and speed were evaluated in both field and soil bin experiments. A test crop of red table beets were used in tool angle and spacing trials. Bush beans were used for tool speed trials. Surrogate weeds, condiment mustard (Brassica juncea) and garnet red amaranth (Amaranthus tricolor), were seeded to provide a uniform density of size. Soil bin experiments employed artificial crops (6 mm dia. by 152 mm-long wooden dowels) and weeds (70 mm-long wooden golf tees) for rapid testing of tool settings. The three tool angles (68, 90, and 108 relative to the soil surface) and three tool spacings (0.6 cm overlap, 0.0 cm fingers touching, and 2.5 cm gap) were selected to represent a relevant range of finger weeder settings. The three operational speeds evaluated (4, 7, and 9 km h-1) were chosen to represent walking, tractor speeds, and camera guidance speeds, respectively. Tool angle adjustment had the most consistent effect among settings tested, in both the soil bin (P < 0.001) and the field (P = 0.001). The 68 setting, which caused soil hilling, achieved the greatest efficacy in the intra- and near-row zones, removing 60 and 65% of weeds, respectively. The 90 setting (in the middle of hilling and soil removal) and the 108 (causing soil removal) setting performed similarly, and at a lower efficacy than the hilling angle (achieving 42 and 33% efficacies in the intra-row and 45 and 41% in the near-row zones, respectively). The effect of tool spacing was significant in the soil bin (P = 0.002), as the space between fingers decreased from a 2.5 cm gap to a 0.6 cm overlap, efficacy increased from 27 to 43%. However, this effect was not detected in the field (P = 0.12). Red table beet yield was not affected by tool angle and spacing. In field experiments, tool speed did not affect efficacy (P = 0.444); however, a significant effect was observed in the soil bin (P = 0.003). In soil bin experiments, the 7 km h-1 tractor speed resulted in the greatest intra-row efficacy (76%), and the 4 km h-1 walking speed resulted in the lowest (43%). Overall, these results suggest farmers should prioritize adjusting tool angle as a way to increase efficacy in the intra- and near-row zones. However, some evidence from the trials suggests that using a medium speed and decreasing tool spacing can also increase efficacy in these zones. jordan.parks@maine.edu

 

 

 

Interaction of See and SprayTM Model Sensitivity and Application Timing in Soybean. Diego J. Contreras*1, Wesley Everman1, Jason K. Norsworthy2, Tristen H. Avent2, Bryan G. Young3, Marcelo Zimmer4, Jasmine M. Mausbach5, Lauren M. Lazaro6, William L. Patzoldt6; 1North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 2University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, 3Purdue University, Brookston, IN, 4Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 5University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, 6Blue River Technology, Sunnyvale, CA (243)

New technologies provide benefits to stakeholders in agricultural productions, such as improved productive efficiency, increased food security from a productive standpoint, as well as reduced costs. Remote sensing has garnered special interest in the past decade; a very promising use for remote sensing is the use of the technology in combination with a sprayer to realize site-specific herbicide applications. See & SprayTM technology, from Blue River and John Deere, can successfully detect, spray, and control weeds within a crop while specifically targeting weeds. See & SprayTM users can select the spray sensitivity of the system, which adjusts the confidence threshold for when to trigger sprays. A lower sensibility requires a higher confidence to spray, a higher sensibility requires a lower confidence to spray. Theoretically, a lower sensitivity results in reduced pesticide output, however small weeds might be missed. Higher sensitivity may miss fewer weeds, if any, but at the cost of an increased pesticide output. An experiment using See & SprayTM was set up at four sites (NC, AR, IN, MS) to test if overall weed control changes with the interaction of the sensitivity level (Low, Mid and High) used and application timing (Early [14 and 28 days after planting{DAP}], Mid [21 and 35 DAP] and Late [28 and 42]) in soybeans. There was no difference in weed control by species at all locations. Common species by locations had the same level of control regardless of sensitivity level and application timing. When grouped across locations, broadleaf weed species' control was the same across sensitivity levels and application timings. When grouped across locations, grass weed species control was the same 14 days after the first application, regardless of timing, however there was a slight grass control reduction 14 days after the second application (from 99% to 97% control, p=0.0003). Overall, See & SprayTM sensitivity level and application timing did not affect weed control in soybean.

 

 

 

Residual Control of Palmer Amaranth Varies Across VLCFA-Inhibiting Herbicides. Jackson W. Alsdorf*1, Amanda M. Foderaro2, Eric A. Jones1, Diego J. Contreras1, Wesley Everman1; 1North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 2Syngenta, Raleigh, NC (244)

Very long-chain fatty-acid-inhibiting herbicides provide residual preemergence control of grasses and small-seeded broadleaves in many crops. These herbicides are commonly applied to control herbicide-resistant weeds, such as Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri). Residual control of Palmer amaranth is important to reduce competition with the emerging crop and prolong the time until a needed postemergence herbicide application. Greenhouse studies were conducted to determine the length of control of acetochlor, dimethenamid-P, pyroxysulfone, and S-metolachlor. Each herbicide was applied with a respective discriminating LD90 dose. Two different populations of Palmer amaranth were utilized, a known susceptible and a difficult to control population. Seeds were planted into pots containing wakeland silt loam soil at 6, 4, 2, and 0 weeks after treatment. Results were combined between the two populations. Live counts were recorded 21 DAT and the length of control was calculated by determining the amount of time it took to reduce weed emergence by 50% (I50 value). S-metolachlor and pyroxysulfone had the longest residual with an I50 of approximately 6.5-7 weeks. Acetochlor and dimethenamid-P had the lower residual with an I50 of about 1-1.5 weeks. Pyroxasulfone and S-metolachlor demonstrated longer periods of residual control compared to acetochlor and dimethenamid-P at biologically effective rates, further evidence supporting the use of full labeled rates.

 

 

 

A Tour Through Corteva Headquarters: A Global Perspective of an Integrated Field Science Organization. Estefania Gomiero Polli*; North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (278)

Corteva Agriscience™ is a global seed and chemical company that was founded of Dow, DuPont, and Pioneer. It is the only major agriscience company completely dedicated to agriculture. The Travel Enrichment Experience (TEE) award provided me the opportunity to visit the Corteva Agriscience™ Headquarters in Indianapolis, IN in September 2022. I had the pleasure to spend three days under Dr. David Simpson's guidance. He carefully organized an agenda of activities considering my area of interest. Since day 1, I had the opportunity to talk to brilliant professionals who patiently and passionately shared their experiences and role at Corteva Agriscience™ with me. I also visited multiple greenhouses, laboratories, and buildings. As my doctoral dissertation is focused on herbicide off-target movement, I spent a day with the herbicide discovery, formulation, and application technology teams. The high-quality and innovative technology tools and processes used by them to develop new products are fascinating. During my visit, I was given the chance to learn from distinguished researchers and broaden my knowledge of the herbicide development and commercialization chain. They provided me with a life-changing experience that I will carry throughout my entire professional life. Many thanks to the Corteva Agriscience™ team, especially Dr. David Simpson, and the WSSA for this experience.

 

 

Travel Enrichment Experience at Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Maryland. Sachin Dhanda*; Kansas State University, Hays, KS (279)

As a recipient of the 2022 WSSA Travel Enrichment Experience award, I got the opportunity to visit Dr. Steven Mirsky's Sustainable Agricultural Systems Lab at Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Maryland. It was one of my best experiences. I learned about different ongoing projects focusing on integrated weed management like cover crops, herbicides, and harvest weed seed control. I spent time with the Digital Weeds Team, where they were capturing pictures of different weed species to build high-resolution, open-access, annotated agricultural image repositories for species identification. I got to see BenchBot Technology which collects images of weeds rapidly and efficiently by running along a conveyor, capturing images of weeds. Also, I learned about ongoing cover crop experiments in interaction with weed, nutrient, and pest management. Dr. Mirsky and his team concluded the visit with a wonderful summary and wished me good luck for my future. I am grateful for the hospitality I received from Dr. Mirsky and his team during my visit. The WSSA Travel Enrichment Experience award is a great opportunity for weed science students to explore beyond their own research experiments. I encourage all graduate students to apply for this unique opportunity in the future.

 

 

Travel Enrichment Experience with the Weed Research Lab at Colorado State University. Joshua W. Miranda*; Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR (280)

During my visit with the weed research lab at Colorado State University I had the opportunity to work alongside lab members and the principal investigators, Drs. Todd Gaines and Franck Dayan. I started this experience by learning about DNA extraction from weeds, determining its concentration and purity prior to its use. With one of the lab members' projects, I had the opportunity to run the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique to synthesize new strands of DNA to later analyze by using the agarose gel electrophoresis method to separate DNA molecules by size. I also performed a real-time PCR method to measure gene expression. After learning the aforementioned methods and techniques, I had the opportunity to learn about primers design to amplify genes of interest, as well as the several parameters and considerations one has to be aware of to avoid failure and issues in the PCR, e.g., nonspecific amplification. Lastly, I observed how the Liquid Chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS-MS) machine works and learned the multiple ways this technique can be used in weed science to discover of mechanisms of action of herbicide resistance in weeds. I am very grateful for the Weed Science Society of America, Drs. Todd Gaines and Franck Dayan, and members of the weed research lab for giving me this amazing opportunity to learn and explore new fields to contribute to improving economic costs and environmental impacts of agriculture as I pursue my passion for weed science.E–mail: josh.miranda@oregonstate.edu.

 

 

 

From East to West: Biocontrol Musings from Montana. Emily Duenk*; University of Guelph, Ridgetown, ON, Canada (281)

 

 

 

Weed Science Research, Policy, and Partnerships with USDA-ARS: 2022 Travel Enrichment Experience. Sarah E. Kezar*1, Steve Young2; 1Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2USDA-ARS, Beltsville, MD (282)

 

 

 

Science Policy Fellowship: A Unique Learning Opportunity for Aspiring Weed Scientists. Taylor M. Randell-Singleton*1, Navdeep Godara2, Lee Van Wychen3; 1University of Georgia, Tifton, GA, 2Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 3Weed Science Society of America, Alexandria, VA (283)

Science Policy Fellowship: A Unique Learning Opportunity for Aspiring Weed Scientists Navdeep Godara, Taylor Randell Singleton, and Lee Van Wychen The Science Policy Fellowship is a unique opportunity for early career weed science professionals to assist Dr. Lee Van Wychen, Executive Director of Science Policy for the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA), while gaining experience on various weed science policy issues. The WSSA's Science Policy Committee strives to provide expertise on science-based information on weed science policies to the National and Regional Weed Science Societies. Taylor Randell Singleton, University of Georgia, and Navdeep Godara, Virginia Tech, were awarded Science Policy Fellowships for 2022-23. As a Science Policy Fellow (SPF), Taylor has drafted comments on the atrazine interim registration review decision, the Plant Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 104) Section 7721, the ESA workplan update, and a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees for Transportation to request funding for the new Invasive Plant Removal Program that was authorized in the 2021 Infrasture Law (P.L.117-58). Navdeep analyzed the national weed survey for the most common and troublesome weeds in the U.S. and Canada. He also analyzed and categorized the common and troublesome weeds for each of the Regional Weed Science Societies. Furthermore, the SPFs also participated in congressional visits and witnessed the importance of advocating for research priorities and regulatory policy at the federal level. They participated in meetings with congressional staff from Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Mississippi, and Virginia, along with the presidents of the National and Regional Weed Science Societies. They discussed weed science funding priorities and advocated for changes in current Farm Bill policy to provide more research opportunities for weed scientists. The SPFs gained substantial leadership experience in public policy and advocacy, and are grateful to the WSSA and the Science Policy Committee for this opportunity. In conclusion, the SPFs highly recommend this opportunity to peers regardless of their interest in serving academia, industry, or federal agencies.

 

 

 

Diflufenican: a Tool for Managing Amaranthus Species in Corn and Soybean Cropping Systems. John Buol*, Carl Coburn, Richard Leitz, Eric Riley, Ananda Datta; Bayer, St. Louis, MO (307)

The continued development and spread of herbicide resistance constitutes a major threat to the efficiency and profitability of corn and soybean production. Weeds such as some Amaranthus species have developed resistance to multiple herbicide modes- and sites- of action and are among the most challenging broadleaf weeds in North America. Bayer CropScience is developing an herbicide platform that features the use of diflufenican, a new site of action for Amaranthus spp. control in corn and soybean production systems in North America, pending registration with the U.S. EPA and Canada PMRA. Diflufenican functions as a phytoene desaturase inhibitor classified by HRAC as a group 12 herbicide and has been used outside of the U.S. for control of broadleaf weeds in cereals, peas, lentils, lupins, clover pastures, and oilseed poppy. Given the increasing challenge of managing herbicide-resistant weeds, diflufenican is being evaluated in field trials in North America for residual activity on Amaranthus spp. and crop selectivity in soybean and corn. Pending registration with the U.S. EPA and Canada PMRA, diflufenican would enable a new weed management tool that should be used in combination with other weed management practices as part of an integrated weed management plan.

 

 

 

Depletion of Multiple-Herbicide-Resistant Waterhemp Seed in the Soil Seed Bank with Integrated Weed Management Strategies. Peter H. Sikkema*, Nader Soltani; University of Guelph, Ridgetown, ON, Canada (308)

The development of an Integrated Weed Management strategy, based on a more holistic approach, that includes crop rotation, cover crops, increased seeding rates, and efficacious herbicides for control of glyphosate-resistant waterhemp can provide field crop producers with a strategy to deplete waterhemp seeds in their farms. Field experiments were established on two commercial Ontario farms with multiple herbicide-resistant (MHR) waterhemp in 2017. The objective of the study was to document the depletion in the number of waterhemp seeds in the seed bank after years 3, 6, and 9 (the spring of 2020, 2023, and 2026) of this nine-year study. The number of waterhemp seeds in the seed bank at the Cottam and Walpole Island sites prior to establishing the experiments was 413 and 40 million seeds/hectare, respectively. At Cottam, after 3 years of this study, the waterhemp seed in the seed bank was not significantly affected by continuous soybean (37.5 or 75 cm spacing), soybean/wheat, or corn/soybean, but was reduced by 74% in corn/soybean/wheat, and 73% in corn/soybean/wheat plus cover crops rotations. In Walpole Island, ON, after 3 years of this study, the waterhemp seed in the seed bank was not significantly affected by the rotations evaluated. Results indicate that the Integrated Weed Management (IWM) strategies implemented can provide acceptable control of GR waterhemp in corn, soybean, and wheat.

 

 

 

How is Soybean Biomass Partitioning to Vegetation, Floral Development and Pod Formation Affected by Exposure to Simulated Drift Rates of Auxin Herbicides? Koffi Badou-Jeremie Kouame*1, Thomas R. Butts1, Brad M. Davis1, Leah M. Collie2, Troy W. Dillon1, Jeremy K. Sutterfield1, Benjamin C. Thrash1, Nick R. Bateman3, John J. Adamcyzk4, Gus M. Lorenz2; 1University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Lonoke, AR, 2University of Arkansas, Lonoke, AR, 3University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Fayetteville, AR, 4USDA, Poplarville, MS (309)

Auxin herbicide drift, a primary concern in modern agriculture, has been exacerbated following the introduction of dicamba and 2,4-D resistant soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] and cotton cultivars. The impact of simulated drift rates of common auxin herbicides on soybean reproduction (biomass partitioning, total number of reproductive organs, pollen production, and yield) needs to be understood for soybean production and for understanding potential impacts on pollinators. Field experiments were conducted in 2022 at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Small Farm Outreach Center near Lonoke, AR, to evaluate the impact of auxin herbicide simulated drift rates on soybean biomass partitioning to various organ groups, number of reproductive organs, pollen production, and grain yield. A randomized complete block design was installed with eight replications. The experiment consisted of four herbicides [florpyrauxifen-benzyl (Loyant), 2,4-D (Enlist One), dicamba (Engenia), and quinclorac (Facet)] used at two rates (1/100th and 1/1000th the labeled rate) except for quinclorac, applied only at 1/100th the labeled rate. A nontreated control was included in the experiment for a total of eight treatments. Four random soybean plants were collected from each treatment at R3, R4, R5, and R6 soybean growth stages. The reproductive organs were counted, plants were separated into leaves, stems, and reproductive organs, dried, and the biomass of each organ group was recorded. Soybean flowers were collected for pollen quantification on ten plants randomly selected per replicate (one flower per plant) 1 d before anthesis. Partitioning coefficients to stem, leaf, and reproductive organs, the total number of reproductive organs, pollen production, and grain yield data were subjected to ANOVA using the GLIMMIX procedure in SAS version 9.4 (SAS Institute Inc, Cary, NC, United States). Results showed that soybean did not partition biomass differently to stem, leaf, or reproductive organs between sampling dates (R3 to R4, R4 to R5, and R5 to R6) across herbicides. However, total soybean reproductive organs, pollen production, and grain yield were all decreased by multiple auxin herbicide by simulated drift rate treatments compared to the nontreated control (P < 0.05). At the R3 reproductive stage, dicamba and florpyrauxifen-benzyl applied at 1/100th of the labeled rate induced a 35 and 39% reduction in the number of reproductive organs compared to the nontreated control. Similarly, the application of dicamba and florpyrauxifen-benzyl at these two rates induced a 28 and 18% decrease in pollen grains produced per anther, respectively. Likewise, dicamba and florpyrauxifen-benzyl applied at 1/100th of the labeled rate provoked a 38 and 24% reduction in grain yield compared to the nontreated control. These results illustrate that in addition to grain yield reduction, simulated auxin herbicide drift rates can negatively impact pollinator foraging sources by decreasing pollen production and the number of reproductive organs.

 

 

 

Effectiveness of Tirexor and Voraxor on Glufosinate-Resistant Palmer Amaranth. Pamela Carvalho-Moore*1, Jason K. Norsworthy1, Ty Smith1, Casey H. Arnold1, Matthew C. Woolard1, Maria Leticia Zaccaro-Gruener1, Tom Barber2; 1University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, 2University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Lonoke, AR (310)

Glufosinate resistance was confirmed in Palmer amaranth [Amaranthus palmeri (S.) Wats.] populations from Arkansas. This confirmation brought an additional apprehension level to farmers and researchers across the US since this weed has evolved resistance to herbicides from nine different sites of action, and glufosinate was among the few over-the-top options still effective. Alternative control options are highly sought. Therefore, this study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of the novel protoporphyrinogen IX oxidase (PPO) inhibitor herbicides Tirexor (trifludimoxazin) and Voraxor (trifludimoxazin plus saflufenacil) on the control of glufosinate-resistant Palmer amaranth. The experiment was conducted in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and organized as a two-factor factorial with four replicates. Factor A consisted of herbicide type and rates. These were: 1) nontreated, 2) Tirexor at 25 g ai ha-1, 3) Tirexor at 50 g ai ha-1, 4) Tirexor at 75 g ai ha-1, 5) Voraxor at 37.5 g ai ha-1, and 6) Voraxor at 75 g ai ha-1. Factor B was the presence or absence of glufosinate. Adjuvants were added to applications with Tirexor or Voraxor. This experiment was conducted in an area geographically isolated from agricultural lands, and seeds of the highly glufosinate-resistant Palmer amaranth accession were spread and incorporated on the field prior to the preemergence application. Palmer amaranth control (%) was evaluation at 21 days after treatment. The interaction between herbicide types and rates and presence of glufosinate was significant. Alone applications of the lowest rate of Tirexor or glufosinate obtained the lowest control levels, 48 and 50%, respectively. The other treatments were similar statistically with control ranging from 76 to 98%. New herbicide chemistries are strong allies in controlling the advancement of glufosinate resistance across Palmer amaranth populations. However, it is necessary to combine these chemistries with a varied range of pre- and postemergence herbicides to avoid the development of additional herbicide resistance.

 

 

 

Agriculturally Significant Weeds and Associated Soil Nematodes of South-Central New Jersey: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly. Melissa A. Bravo*; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Woodstown, NJ (311)

Combines are a significant source of long-distance transport of difficult to control noxious, invasive, and poisonous to livestock weed seed. Many weed species are also alternate host to deleterious plant pest nematodes that do well in higher sand content soils. One problematic animal parasitic nematode in the county, especially on sandy soils is barberpole worm (Haemonchus contortus). The L3 larvae of barberpole worm is ubiquitously associated with all genera if the weeds are present in the grazing system. A field-crop weed observance was conducted in Fall 2020 and Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021 in Salem County during the Covid-19 Pandemic in person program restrictions. There are approximately 568 road kilometers (km) in 83 designated routes in the county, and over 718 km in 200 municipal routes. The county contains more than three dozen combines and a thousand individual fields making up some 39,659 hectares (ha) of farmland. Annually, approximately 8,093 county ha are planted to field corn (Zea mays L.), 8,093 ha to soybeans (Glycine max L.), and 2,832 ha to small grains (primarily Triticum L.). Vegetables (4,856 ha), all hay (4,047 ha), pasture and orchard acreage make up the balance. Soils are coastal plain highly permeable sandy clay loam, sandy loam, loam, and silt loams with little to no slope situated less than 90 feet above sea level. Soils with greater than 55% sand are common. Pastured livestock is estimated (2017 Census Data) at 6,300 head bovine, 1,400 head equine, 1,300 head ovine, and increasing numbers of commercial flocks of pasture grazed Aves. Over 1,609 km were driven to conduct the drive-by survey on thirty-two occasions.Forty-eight problematic weeds (65% dicots) were documented in the afore mentioned grain crop, hay, and pasture fields in the county. Seventy-nine percent (63% dicots) of observed problematic weed species have plant parts injurious to livestock or can contain toxins detrimental or deadly to poultry, cattle, horses, sheep, or goats. Sixty-nine percent of weeds (60% dicots) are detrimental to hay handlers or are toxic to humans by ingestion. Twenty-two plant parasitic nematode genera, host to or are associated with, the observed problematic weeds in the reviewed literature and databases, are as follows: Forty-five weeds (64% dicots), root–knot (Meloidogyne spp.). Forty-one weeds (61% dicots), cyst (Heterodera spp.). Thirty-eight weeds (61% dicots), lesion (Pratylenchus spp.). Thirty-one weeds (74% dicots), reniform (Rotylenchulus spp.). Thirty-one weeds (71% dicots), stem (Ditylenchus spp.). Nineteen weeds (58% monocots), pin (Paratylenchus spp.). Eighteen weeds (50% monocots), stubby root–knot (Trichodorids) family. Sixteen weeds (56% monocots), spiral (Helicotylenchus spp.). Fifteen weeds (57% monocots), ring (Mesocriconema spp.). Fourteen weeds, (57% dicots), dagger (Xiphinema spp.). Fourteen weeds (57% monocots), stunt (Tylenchorhynchus spp.). Fourteen weeds (64% monocots), needle (Longidorus spp.). Eleven weeds (78% monocots), lance (Hoplolaimus spp.). Eleven weeds (55% dicots), cactus (Cactodera spp.). Nine weeds (67% monocots), sting (Belonolaimus spp.). Seven weeds (72% monocots), grass cyst (Punctodera spp.). Four weeds (100% monocots), sheath (Hemicycliophora spp.) Three weeds (100% dicots), false root–knot (Nacobbus spp.). Three weeds (66% monocots), ring (Criconemoides spp.). Three weeds (66% dicots), (Scutellonema spp.). One weed (100% monocot), (Quinisulcius spp.). One weed (100% monocot), awl (Dolichodorus spp.).

 

 

A Survey of Twelve Common Rowcrop Weeds and Associated Soil Nematodes of Salem County, NJ. Melissa A. Bravo*; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Woodstown, NJ (312)

Populations of uncontrolled velvetleaf (Abutilon theophrasti L.), giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida L.), wild garlic (Allium ursinum L.), green pigweed (Amaranthus hybridus L.), palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri S. Watson), spiny pigweed (Amaranthus spinosus L.), jimsonweed (Datura stramonium L.), ivyleaf morningglory (Ipomoea hederacea L.), a perennial morningglory (Ipomoea spp.), curly dock (Rumex crispus L.), shattercane (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench), and cocklebur (Xanthium strumarium L.) were identified in crop fields on nine different farms in late summer 2022 from predominantly sandy loam soils. The weed root zone soil (approximately a quart) from three to five plants (populations) for each weed (if it occurred in any of the nine different fields) were combined and a sub-sample (approximately a quart) analyzed for fifteen plant parasitic nematodes. Cyst (Heterodera spp.), dagger (Xiphinema spp.), lance (Hoplolaimus spp.), lesion (Pratylenchus spp.), ring (Criconemoides spp.), root–knot (Meloidogyne spp.), spiral (Helicotylenchus spp.), sheath (Hemicycliophora spp.), stubby–root knot (Paratrichodorus spp.), and stunt nematodes (Tylenchorhynchus spp.) were detected (individuals/100 cc soil) from thirty-seven soil samples. Five genuses were recovered from ivyleaf morningglory field populations; four each from velvetleaf field populations and cocklebur field populations; three each from jimsonweed field populations and palmer amaranth field populations; and one or two genuses from each of the remaining weeds field populations. Spiral nematodes (n=732) were detected in all fields and by population: (100%) of curly dock; (80%) of cocklebur, (66%) each of palmer amaranth, giant ragweed, and wild garlic; (60%) of ivy leaf and jimsonweed; (40%) of velvetleaf; one of two shattercanes; in the green pigweed population which was comingled in a palmer infestation; and in the perennial morningglory population. Spiral was not detected in the spiny pigweed root zone soil. Palmer amaranth and giant ragweed had the highest spiral counts (266, 106) followed by jimsonweed, shattercane, cocklebur, ivyleaf morningglory and green pigweed (78, 66, 50, 46, 44). Spiral nematodes have a wide host range but are seldom considered a major pest when counts are below six hundred. But as palmer amaranth infestations continue to expand in the county, spiral may become more prevalent. The infective juvenile stage (J2) of cyst nematodes (n=580) were detected in 66% of fields and by population: (66%) of wild garlic; (60%) of jimsonweed; (60%) of ivyleaf morningglory; (40%) each of cocklebur and velvetleaf; and (33%) each of palmer amaranth and giant ragweed root zone soil; and in one of two shattercane root zone soil. Giant ragweed, jimsonweed, and cocklebur had the highest cyst counts (360,110,82). J2 infective stage is a good predictor of yield loss. Less than two hundred J2's is considered low-level infestation. Because even one cyst detection is damaging for soybean or vegetable production, producers may want to consider these weedy escapes as an alternate host for soybean cyst nematode. Root–knot nematodes (n=2) were detected in two populations of cocklebur; and from the perennial morning glory (n=20)–all from different fields. Sampling the root zone soil of these weeds may be an early detection method of further crop root assay if levels reach into the hundreds (corn), fifties (soybeans) or just one for vegetable producers. Stubby–root knot nematodes (n=4) were detected in one population of ivyleaf morningglory. More than forty stubby–root knot detections is considered damaging for corn yields. Just one detection of stubby–root knot is of concern for vegetable growers. Stunt nematodes (n=4,2) were detected from velvetleaf populations from two different fields. No literature records of stunt associated with velvetleaf were noted. Stunt are of concern for corn if over two hundred, and greater than thirty for vegetable producers. Dagger nematodes (n=4) were collected from one cocklebur population. Asteraceae are rarely associated with dagger and no cocklebur literature reference in association with dagger was found. Dagger threshold is quite low, counts less than ten, for all crop species compared to other genuses due to its ability to spread viruses. Sheath nematodes (n=4). were collected from one velvetleaf population. Sheath are not a significant pest of agronomic crops. Lesion nematodes (n=2) were collected from one ivyleaf morningglory population. Lesion counts over ten are of concern to vegetable producers and of concern for corn over two hundred. Young trees, especially apples, infected with counts of more than twenty exhibit poor growth. Lance nematodes (n=2) were collected from one palmer amaranth population. Counts less than sixty are considered a low threshold for lance in corn fields. But even one detection is significant for soybeans and vegetable crops. Ring nematodes (n=4) were collected from the only perennial morningglory population. Ring nematodes (.5 per gram of soil) are of concern to vineyard production. Other nematodes considered widely prevalent in New Jersey that were not observed include: Needle (Longidorus spp.) associated with wild garlic; Grass cyst (Punctodera spp.) associated with curly dock and shattercane; (Paratylenchus spp.) and (Tylenchorhynchus spp.) both associated with wild garlic and shattercane.

 

 

 

The Potential of Inter-row Non-selective Herbicide Application to Manage Wild Oat (Avena fatua L.) in Wheat. Eric N. Johnson*, Christian Willenborg, Steve Shirtliffe; University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada (313)

Herbicide resistant wild oat (Avena fatua L.) is prevalent in the Canadian Prairies, with surveys reporting multiple resistance to ACCase and ALS inhibiting herbicides in 25 to 40% of sampled fields. The use of inter-row (IR) weed management such as cultivation or non-selective herbicide application for managing wild oat in wheat crops has not been widely researched. Previous research by our lab found that IR cultivation integrated with other agronomic practices successfully controlled broadleaf weeds in pulse crops. To assess non-selective IR herbicide application, a shrouded sprayer was constructed and attached to a steerable cultivator. Through much trial and error, the sprayer was able to target IR weeds and minimize, but not eliminate, crop injury. A study investigating the potential of IR weed management to control wild oat in a spring wheat management system was conducted at three sites near Saskatoon in 2021-22. The study consisted of three factors: 1) fall triallate application (none, 1400 g ai ha-1); 2) wheat planting density (150, 300, 450 seeds m-2); and 3) IR weed management (none, IR glufosinate at 600 g ai ha-1, IR cultivation). Fall triallate application, increased planting density, IR cultivation, and IR herbicide application reduced wild oat biomass production by 79, 63, 30, and 43%, respectively. The effect of planting density and IR weed management on wild oat biomass was much greater in treatments that did not receive triallate. The best combination of the 3 factors resulted in >90% reduction in wild oat biomass. Triallate application increased wheat yield by as much as 35%, while planting density and IR weed management resulted in small, inconsistent yield responses. IR weed management has the potential to control residual wild oats that escape PRE herbicide application or other cultural practices. Further refinement of non-selective IR herbicide application is required, and alternative experimental designs may be required to properly assess this technology.

 

 

 

Discovery of Tetflupyrolimet: A New Mode-of-Action Herbicide Interfering with De Novo Pyrimidine Biosynthesis for Effective Management of Herbicide-Resistant Grass Weeds Globally. Atul Puri*, Thomas Selby, Steve Gutteridge, Mark Holliday, Adam Prestegord; FMC Corporation, Newark, DE (314)

 

 

Control of Multiple-Herbicide-Resistant Waterhemp (Amaranthus tuberculatus) with Acetochlor-based Tank Mixtures in Soybean. Hannah E. Symington*1, Nader Soltani2, Allan Kaastra3, David C. Hooker2, Darren E. Robinson2, Peter H. Sikkema2; 1University of Guelph, Rr#3 Watford, ON, Canada, 2University of Guelph, Ridgetown, ON, Canada, 3Bayer Crop Science, Guelph, ON, Canada (315)

Waterhemp has evolved resistance to Group 2, 5, 9, 14, and 27 herbicides in Ontario, Canada, making control of this challenging weed even more difficult. Acetochlor is a Group 15, chloroacetanilide herbicide that has activity on many small-seeded annual grasses and some small-seeded annual broadleaf weeds including waterhemp. The objective of this study was to ascertain if acetochlor tank mixtures with broadleaf herbicides (dicamba, metribuzin, BCS 0478, sulfentrazone, or flumioxazin), applied preemergence (PRE), increases multiple-herbicide-resistant (MHR) waterhemp control in soybean. Five trials were conducted over two years (2021-2022). The acetochlor tank mixtures caused =2% soybean injury, except acetochlor plus flumioxazin, which caused 19% soybean injury. Acetochlor applied PRE controlled MHR waterhemp 82% at 12 weeks after application (WAA). Dicamba, metribuzin, BCS 0478, sulfentrazone, or flumioxazin controlled MHR waterhemp 37, 53, 38, 55, and 81%, respectively, at 12 WAA. Acetochlor applied in a tank mixture with dicamba, metribuzin, BCS 0478, sulfentrazone, or flumioxazin provided good to excellent control of MHR waterhemp; control ranged from 89 to 97%, but similar to acetochlor applied alone. Acetochlor alone reduced MHR waterhemp density and biomass 98 and 93%; acetochlor + flumioxazin reduced waterhemp density and biomass by an additional 2 and 7%, respectively. This research concludes that acetochlor applied in a tank mixture with flumioxazin was the most efficacious tank mixture evaluated for MHR waterhemp control.

 

 

Spatiotemporal Changes in Glyphosate Efficacy on Key Weed Species in the US and Canada. Christopher A. Landau*1, Kevin W. Bradley2, Erin E. Burns3, Ryan P. DeWerff4, Michael L. Flessner5, Karla L. Gage6, Aaron G. Hager7, Joseph T. Ikley8, Prashant Jha9, William G. Johnson10, Paul O. Johnson11, Sarah Lancaster12, Dwight Lingenfelter13, Mark M. Loux14, Eric J. Miller15, Scott A. Nolte16, Debalin Sarangi17, Peter H. Sikkema18, Christy L. Sprague3, Mark VanGessel19, Rodrigo Werle20, Martin Williams21, Bryan G. Young22; 1University of Illinois, Crop Sciences, Urbana, IL, 2University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 3Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 4University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 5Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 6Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL, 7University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, 8North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, 9Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 10Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 11South Dakota State University, Brookings, ND, 12Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 13Penn State University, University Park, PA, 14The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 15Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, 16Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, College Station, TX, 17University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, 18University of Guelph, Ridgetown, ON, Canada, 19University of Delaware, Georgetown, DE, 20University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 21USDA-ARS, Urbana, IL, 22Purdue University, Brookston, IN (317)

The adoption of glyphosate-tolerant crops beginning in 1996 led to an unprecedented reliance on glyphosate that facilitated the evolution of glyphosate-resistant weed populations. Currently 16 weeds species are reported to have glyphosate-resistant weed populations in the US and Canada. In areas where glyphosate-tolerant crops dominate, how rapidly does glyphosate efficacy change over time? The objectives of this research were to: 1) quantify spatiotemporal changes in glyphosate efficacy on troublesome weed species, and 2) compare efficacy of glyphosate used alone to that of glyphosate preceded by an effective, soil-residual herbicide applied close to crop planting. A database of herbicide evaluation trials was constructed from 24 individual datasets, spanning as many as 25 years, from locations across the US and Canada and harmonized across various file formats. Two subsets were created; one with in-crop foliar-applied glyphosate as the only treatment and, the other with in-crop glyphosate following a soil-residual herbicide application. Within each subset, mean and variance of weed control ratings for seven problematic weed species were regressed over time for 14 locations. With few exceptions, mean weed control with glyphosate alone decreased over time, whereas variation in weed control increased over time. When glyphosate application was preceded by a soil-residual herbicide effective against the target weed species, there was little to no change in mean weed control, or variation in weed control, over time. Additionally, for several cases, there was a noticable decrease in mean weed control prior to the species' first report of glyphosate resistance for the state/province from which the data were obtained. While it comes as no surprise that utilizing a soil-residual herbicide in tandem with glyphosate would provide better, more stable weed control compared to glyphosate alone, our experimental approach provides a means to quantify such dynamics within field populations from various sites throughout North America across a broad temporal range.

 

 

Chaff Lining for Management of Weeds in Winter Wheat. Matthew P. Spoth1, Michael L. Flessner*1, Kevin Bamber1, Wykle C. Greene1, Cynthia Sias1, Eli C. Russell1, Vipin Kumar2, Vijay Singh3; 1Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 2Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Painter, VA, 3Virginia Tech, Painter, VA (318)

Chaff lining is a form of harvest weed seed control that concentrates the chaff fraction of harvest residues and weed seed therein into a narrow line using a chute installed on the back of the combine. We examined chaff lining for the management of wild mustard (Sinapis arvensis L.) and Italian ryegrass (Lolium perenne L. ssp. multiflorum (Lam.) Husnot) in wheat due to their problematic status and seed retention at harvest. The objective was to determine how varying wheat yield and the associated chaff amount will affect chaff lining weed control and the subsequent crop (double crop soybean followed by wheat) compared to a conventional harvest. Both weed species were evaluated in separate experiments across six site years with no prior history of the weeds. Since chaff amount increases with crop yield, chaff lines were created to mimic a range of wheat yields, with equal weed seed additions based on existing fecundity and seed retention data to each chaff line. A conventional harvest (control) and an outside-the-chaff-line treatment were included, where total fecundity or weed seed rain occurring prior to harvest based on weed species were broadcast, respectively. Despite reductions in stand and yield in the chaff line, crop yield across treatments at the field scale (which accounts for both chaff lines and outside-the-chaff-line), was not affected in double-crop soybean following wheat chaff lining. Similarly, field scale wheat yield compared to conventional harvest was not different at 8 site-years, increased in 3 site-years, and decreased in 1 site-year. Wheat chaff lining reduced total weed emergence over the combined double-crop soybean and winter wheat growing seasons by 43-54% at the field scale. Greater amounts of chaff caused greater reductions in weed emergence. This research indicates strong potential for chaff lining in wheat and justifies further work at commercial scale.

 

 

Changes in Weed Population Density After Harvest with a Seed Impact Mill. Eli C. Russell*, Michael L. Flessner, Matthew P. Spoth, Wykle C. Greene, Kevin Bamber; Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (319)

Seed impact mills are modifications that are mounted directly to the back of a combine. They kill weed seeds that exit the combine in the chaff fraction, and they are one way to implement harvest weed seed control (HWSC). By killing the weed seeds, seed impact mills prevent seeds from being added to the soil seed bank. Over time the soil seed bank should decrease resulting in less weeds emerging in subsequent years. The purpose of this experiment was to track emergence patterns of common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia L.) and Italian ryegrass (Lolium perenne L. ssp. multiflorum (Lam.) Husnot) in soybean and wheat fields, respectively, after harvesting with a seed impact mill. We tracked common ragweed density in several soybean fields in commercial production, which are categorized as follows: (1) After one harvest with the seed impact mill evaluate density after planting the following year, (2) After one harvest with the seed impact mill evaluate density before harvest the following year (3) Evaluate density after one harvest with the seed impact mill followed by one year of soybeans without harvest with a seed impact mill, and (4) Evaluate density after two harvests with the seed impact mill. We tracked two wheat fields in commercial production and tracked Italian ryegrass density the following season after one harvest with the seed impact mill. For testing, each field was divided into two sections, the ON section was harvested with the seed impact mill and the OFF section was harvested without it. Density reductions for common ragweed after planting ranged from -56% to 51%, with an average reduction of 11% across all 6 sites after one harvest using the seed impact mill. Density reductions before harvest ranged from -11% to 81% with an average reduction of 50% across all 5 sites after one harvest using the seed impact mill. After one year of using the seed impact mill followed by one year of soybeans harvested conventionally, density reductions were -36% and 47% with an average of 5.7%. After two years of using a seed impact mill, common ragweed density reductions were -19% and 29%, with an average reduction of 5.2%. Density for Italian ryegrass after one harvest ranged from 29% to 34% with an average reduction of 32%. Density reductions are highly variable because of the soil seed bank. Although using the seed impact mill reduced seed inputs into the soil for one or two years, it will not prevent the seeds that are already in the soil from emerging the next growing season. Previous research indicates that it could take 5 to 7 years of implementing HWSC before the soil seed bank is minimized. More research is needed, but our data indicate that there is promise for seed impact mills to be an effective tool for reducing the soil seed bank.

 

 

Reduction in Palmer Amaranth (Amaranthus Palmeri) Emergence and Growth Rate in Response to Cover Crop Termination Timing: Applications for Optimizing Herbicide Programs. Cynthia Sias*, Michael L. Flessner, Kevin Bamber; Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (320)

The evolution of herbicide resistance, led by Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri S. Wats.), has highlighted the need for non-chemical weed control options. Cover crops are known to suppress Palmer amaranth, but questions remain regarding termination practices to maximize weed control benefits and if herbicide inputs can be reduced in the presence of a cover crop. An experiment was conducted in 2021 and 2022 to determine the effect of cover crop termination timing on Palmer amaranth emergence patterns and growth rate. Treatments included planting brown (cereal rye terminated two weeks before soybean planting), planting green (cereal rye terminated at soybean planting), and a no cover (winter fallow) check. Palmer amaranth emergence counts and growth rate were evaluated from new emergence cohorts every two weeks up to ten weeks after soybean planting. To explore herbicide program optimization, simulated herbicide programs were compared consisting of all relevant combinations of residual and postemergence (POST) herbicides from 1-, 2-, and 3- pass programs that resulted in Palmer amaranth control until soybean canopy. Residual herbicides were assumed to suppress Palmer amaranth for 28 days, after which the number of days to reach 10 cm in height was used to determine when and if a POST1, POST1 + residual, or POST2 herbicide application(s) were necessary. Simulated herbicide program analysis indicated that the simplest and most cost-effective cover crop and herbicide regime was winter fallow with a single POST herbicide without residual. Among cover crop termination options (planting green versus brown), planting green with a single POST herbicide optimized inputs. This finding contradicts previous research and survey data, likely due to the abnormally dry May experienced in this study, which delayed and reduced Palmer amaranth emergence compared to winter fallow. Although more site-years are necessary, this information will provide better recommendations for herbicide programs when integrating cover crops.

 

 

 

The Cover Crop Evolution/Revolution- Past, Present, Future. William S. Curran*; Penn State University, Bozeman, MT (321)

Cover crops have been used for millennia. Ancient civilizations used certain plant species to enhance the growth of their food crops. During American colonial times, farmers grew crops to eat and sell and other crops to replenish the soil. Prior to WWII, green manures were commonly used to provide N to rotational grains and sometimes used as forage for livestock. Grass covers such as cereal rye (Secale cereale L.) were also employed to reduce soil erosion. With the introduction of synthetic N fertilizer as well as herbicides and other pesticides after WWII and a decrease in the number of integrated crop-livestock farms, larger farms, and more specialization, cover crop use declined. By the 1980's, only smaller more specialized farms such as organic operations employed cover crops where they were an important component to raising crops without synthetic inputs. With the increased interest in conservation tillage that began some years earlier, by the 1990's farmers and academic researchers were testing different no-till practices that often-included cover crops mostly to help prevent soil erosion over the winter. The introduction of paraquat and then glyphosate were break-through technologies that allowed farmers to burndown weeds and cover crops using no-till. The first National No-tillage Conference was held in 1993 attracting more than 800 attendees. That conference has grown to well over a thousand attendees in its 31st year in 2023. By the 21st century, adoption of no-till with the aid of herbicide resistant crops was becoming common place in regions of the corn and cotton belts. Although interest in cover crops increased, adoption by most US farmers was not wide-spread. The soil health and sustainability movement took off during the first decade of the 21st century and by 2010 and still today, every ag conference was talking about soil health and cover crops. Several new organizations evolved around the country that included passionate farmers that strongly believed in the merits of no-till, but also were looking to advance their production systems by integrating cover crops and other more sustainable practices. By 2012, the US Ag Census reported that only about 2% of the US row crop production acres included cover crops. However, over the last ten years, cover crop adoption by farmers in some regions of the US has at least doubled (USDA-ERS report). According to a 2017 USDA-NASS survey, states like Maryland help lead the charge using cover crops on almost one-half million of their 2-million acres (25%), while Pennsylvania reports about 600,000 acres with about 2 million acres of corn and soybean. The Iowa Nutrient Research & Education Council (INREC) reported that Iowa planted 2.2 million acres of cover crops on its 23 million acres of corn and soybean in 2019 (9.5%) and Indiana set a conservation record in 2021 by planting an estimated 1.5 million acres on about 11 million acres (13.7%) of corn and soybean (Indiana Conservation Partnership survey). Finally, across the Midwest, cover crop adoption averaged 7.3% in 2021 up from just 1.8% a decade prior according to a University of Illinois study that used satellite-based remote sensing to detect cover crops across 140 million acres (Geophysical Research Letters (2022). DOI: 10.1029/2022GL100249). The interest in improving soil health has been a primary driver along with increased financial incentives offered by both state and federal partnerships, but several other benefits have also played a role. One of those perceived benefits has been improved weed control and the spread of herbicide-resistant weeds which is helping to drive adoption. This presentation will further explore some of these benefits, areas of concern, and opportunities to advance cover crop adoption in the future.

 

 

Cross Resistance to Acetyl-CoA Carboxylase-Inhibiting Herbicides in a Johnsongrass [(Sorghum halepense (L.) Pers.] Accession Collected in Arkansas. Fidel Gonzalez Torralva*, Jason K. Norsworthy; UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS, Fayetteville, AR (322)

Johnsongrass is a troublesome weed species in cropping systems including corn (Zea mays L.), cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.), and soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.]. A putative-resistant johnsongrass accession to ACCase-inhibiting herbicides was collected in eastern Arkansas. The objective of this research was to assess this accession for resistance to ACCase-inhibiting herbicides. Screening of this accession to 1 field rate of fluazifop (1 = 210 g ai ha-1) and pinoxaden (1 = 70 g ai ha-1) showed a 75 and 83% plant survival, respectively at 21 d after herbicide treatment. A susceptible johnsongrass accession treated under the same conditions displayed 100% mortality using both herbicides. Initial dose-response experiments with field seeds revealed a resistance index >16 using dry weight. These results demonstrated the resistance of johnsongrass to fluazifop and pinoxaden herbicides. Experiments to describe the resistance mechanisms in this johnsongrass accession are underway.

 

 

 

Georgia's Endangered Species Pilot Program: A Team Approach to Help Protect Species and the Farm. Taylor M. Randell-Singleton*1, Jenna C. Vance1, William J. Chism2, A Stanley Culpepper1; 1University of Georgia, Tifton, GA, 2US EPA, Point Of Rocks, MD (323)

Weed management in Georgia and throughout the U.S. is challenged by herbicide label restrictions that prohibit the use of certain products in either sections of agricultural fields, entire fields, or whole counties. These restrictions were established out of an abundance of caution to protect threatened and endangered species under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), and are in place where listed species may be present. While efforts to protect listed species are critically important, preliminary information suggest that these restrictions may be more prohibitive than necessary, limiting the ability to effectively manage pests, reducing land suitable for agricultural production, and therefore impacting food, feed, and fiber supplies. The Georgia Pilot Program was developed to address ESA restrictions placed on practical herbicide use in the state, and is a cooperative effort between the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service (UGA), the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Georgia farmers. Initially, the Pilot Program has focused on addressing the EPA's restrictions placed on Enlist Duo in Georgia, where applications are prohibited in 11 counties due to historical record of two endangered salamander species. Through collaboration with Southern Regional FWS, information was collected to correlate the potential interaction of these salamanders with farm fields to create refined range maps, as well as to identify previously unknown habitats where additional populations may exist. If a farm field is identified as having the potential to damage these species or their habitats when treated with Enlist Duo, mitigation plans will be implemented to protect the species, thereby eliminating concern. Upon completion of this effort, a request for the returned use of Enlist Duo to the appropriate Georgia counties through cooperation with the GDA and EPA will be made. Once efforts are completed with Enlist Duo, a similar process will be initiated for glyphosate and atrazine. Through cooperation with multiple agencies, farmers, and other partners, the Georgia Pilot Program hopes to contribute to the ongoing efforts of finding timely solutions to preserve listed species while protecting the practical use of pesticides and farm sustainability.

 

 

 

Survey of Herbicide Resistance in Pigweed (Amaranthus Spp.) Escapes in North Dakota Row Crops. Joseph T. Ikley*1, Stephanie DeSimini1, Michael J. Christoffers1, Megan O'Neil2, Zack Bateson2; 1North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, 2National Agricultural Genotyping Center, Fargo, ND (324)

Pigweeds (Amaranthus spp.) are some of the most problematic weeds found across the Midwest in agronomic crops, and are among the many weeds that are developing herbicide resistance. To verify the extent of existence of herbicide resistant (HR) pigweed populations in North Dakota, The National Agricultural Genotyping Center (NAGC) and North Dakota State University (NDSU) initiated a statewide project to screen pigweed samples for resistance to three herbicides: glyphosate, imazamox, and fomesafen. Pigweed samples were collected from 16 counties in North Dakota from September through November 2021 and sent to NDSU for a greenhouse trial. Pigweed species in this study included Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri), waterhemp (Amaranthus tuberculatus (Moq.) Sauer), redroot pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus L.), Powell amaranth (Amaranthus powellii), and tumble pigweed (Amaranthus albus L.) The greenhouse trial was a RCBD with four replicates. Each population was sprayed with two rates of each herbicide (1X and 3X) as follows: glyphosate (1260 g ae ha-1 and 3780 g ae ha-1), imazamox (35 g ae ha-1 and 105 g ae ha-1), and fomesafen (198 g ae ha-1 and 594 g ae ha-1). Twenty-one days after application (DAA) plants were visibly rated on a scale of 0 to 100% (0=no symptoms, 100=plant death). Prior to herbicide application, one leaf per plant was excised and sent to the NAGC for DNA extraction and genotyping. Greenhouse and genotyping results revealed waterhemp resistance to glyphosate, imazamox, and fomesafen in seven counties surveyed. The NAGC used high-throughput genotyping of EPSPS copy number to confirm glyphosate resistant waterhemp in eight counties, and Palmer amaranth in four counties. The PPO-210 deletion was genotyped in waterhemp, confirming resistance in seven counties. Resistance to imazamox was determined in populations by NAGC confirmation of two target-sites of interest, amino acid sites ALS-574 and ALS-653. The ALS-574 substitution was found in a resistant Palmer amaranth and the ALS-653 has been confirmed in Powell amaranth, waterhemp, and tumble pigweed samples. These results confirm that pigweed populations in North Dakota have resistance to glyphosate, imazamox, and fomesafen.

 

 

 

Does Interseeded Cover Crop Seed Size Influence Tolerance to Residual Herbicide Programs? Tosh R. Mazzone*1, John M. Wallace1, Matthew R. Ryan2, Chris J. Pelzer2; 1Penn State University, University Park, PA, 2Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (325)

Cover cropping success can vary widely based on environmental and management conditions in the Northeast US. Use of long-lived residual herbicides can reduce cover crop establishment, particularly when interseeded into standing corn at early growth stages, and there is interest in developing herbicide recommendations for use of diverse cover crop mixtures. Understanding relative sensitivity of various cover crop species to common corn residual herbicides may improve grower decision making when incorporating cover crops into a conventional grain cropping system. A field experiment was conducted in 2021 in corn grain to assess interseeded cover crop mixture response within functional groups such as plant family to residual herbicide programs. The experiment was designed as a RCBD with four replications and three site years, including Russel E. Larson Agricultural Research Center (RS; Pennsylvania Furnace, PA), Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center (LV; Manheim, PA) and Musgrave Research Farm (CN; Aurora, NY). Main plots consisted of cover crop treatments seeded at V5/6 corn growth stage using a high clearance no till drill Interseeder, and included a (1) small-seeded mix composed of annual ryegrass + medium red clover + rapeseed seeded at 22, 4, 1 kg ha-1, respectively; (2) a large-seeded cover crop mixture included cereal rye, cowpea, and tillage radish seeded at 67, 6, 1 kg ha-1, respectively; and (3) a cereal rye monoculture seeded at 101 kg ha-1. Split plots included four PRE herbicide treatments applied at corn planting using the 1X label rate, including (1) saflufenacil + dimethenamid-P (Verdict, 0.63 kg ai ha-1), (2) acetochlor + atrazine (Harness, 1.96 kg ai ha-1 + AAtrex, 1.12 kg ai ha-1), (3) S-metolachlor + atrazine + mesotrione + atrazine (Lumax EZ, 2.78 kg ai ha-1 + AAtrex, 0.42 kg ai ha-1), and a control consisting of a preplant burndown followed by a glyphosate only POST (Roundup Powermax, 1.54 kg ai ha-1) treatment at interseeding. Cover crop and weed abundance were estimated by harvesting aboveground biomass at ground level within an 0.5-m2 quadrat at 30- and 120-days post interseeding (DPI). Biomass was sorted to species and oven dried until constant weight. Plant biomass variable was log-transformed to fit assumptions of normality. Relative response indices (RRI) were calculated to standardize plant responses to the POST glyphosate control within cover cropping treatments. Models were fit using linear mixed model approach using package nlme and post-hoc means comparisons were estimated using Tukey's LSD from package emmeans in R. Data were analyzed first in the POST glyphosate only control at 30 DPI to quantify interseeded cover crop biomass potential. Total cover crop biomass ranged from 66-94 kg ha-1 at LV and RS, which was 32-46% lower than at site CN (207 kg ha-1; p < 0.001). These results suggest that corn competition is an important factor in cover crop growth early season. At 30 DAI, cereal rye and large-seeded cover crop mix produced higher dry biomass at 140-193 kg ha-1 compared to the small-seeded mix (p < 0.001). This suggests that large-seeded mixtures can accumulate biomass more quickly across a wide latitudinal range. Based on relative response ratio (RRI) analysis, cover crop mixture was not significant. At RS and LV, Lumax + Atz, Harness + Atz, and Verdict RRI of cover crop biomass was not significantly different than the POST glyphosate control treatment, suggesting that these cover crop mixtures have some herbicide tolerance. RRI of Verdict at RS site exhibited the greatest cover crop response relative to the POST glyphosate control (0.37), 20% to 31% higher than the response to Harness + Atz (0.17) or Lumax + Atz (0.06). These results suggest that Verdict may improve cover crop response over a POST glyphosate control. At the CN site where Verdict (RRI -0.91, p = 0.001) provided the best weed control, 40% better than Lumax + Atz. This relationship may result from cover crop injury using Lumax + Atz, whereas cover crop was stimulated in Verdict treatment, resulting in an additive weed suppressive effect of herbicide + cover crop competition. At RS, Verdict weed management was 61-75% less effective (0.07, p = 0.0021) than other treatments and did not differ from the POST glyphosate control. At LV, both Verdict (0.72) and Harness + Atz (0.59) weed biomass RRI was higher than that of Lumax + Atz, indicating that both treatments broke at LV while Lumax + Atz remained effective through 30 DPI. This is likely why Verdict and Harness + Atz cover crop RRI was no different than the POST glyphosate control treatment at LV. Additional field trials evaluating cover crop response to alternative MOA will be instructive to develop management recommendations based on cover crop functional groups in future research.

 

 

 

A23980B: Corn Weed Control from Four Complimentary Active Ingredients. Craig Austin*1, Seth A. Strom2, Mark Kitt1, Thomas Beckett1; 1Syngenta, Greensboro, NC, 2Syngenta Crop Protection, Monticello, IL (326)

A23980B is a new selective herbicide coming soon for weed control in field corn, seed corn, popcorn, and sweet corn containing s-metolachlor, pyroxasulfone, mesotrione, bicyclopyrone, and the safener benoxacor. The combination of four active ingredients in A23980B was designed to deliver residual control of difficult to manage weeds. Field trials were conducted to determine the benefit of two Group 15 herbicides and two Group 27 herbicides in a premix for long-lasting residual weed control. Results demonstrated that the active ingredients in A23980B work better together to deliver consistency and efficacy resulting in control of key weeds such as Amaranthus spp. and grasses. Overall, A23980B provides the foundation needed for growers facing the most problematic broadleaf and grass weeds in corn agronomic cropping systems.

 

 

 

Introducing Golden Pennycress (Thlaspi arvense) into the Corn-Soybean Rotation. Mark L. Bernards*, Brent S. Heaton; Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL (327)

Field pennycress (Thlaspi arvense) is being domesticated as a winter annual oil-seed crop. Pennycress will provide environmental services such as reducing erosion and nutrient losses. Oil extracted from the seed is expected to be used as a biofuel for the aviation industry, and meal will be incorporated into livestock feed rations. It is anticipated that pennycress will provide growers an additional revenue-generating crop that fits within a corn-soybean rotation. One model envisions pennycress being planted in the fall after corn, but pennycress establishment in corn residue has been inconsistent. Pennycress planted into soybean may establish better, but delaying corn planting until after pennycress harvest in late May might cause an unacceptable yield penalty. A portion of our research 1) simulated herbicide carryover and evaluated pennycress response in greenhouse studies, and 2) evaluated pennycress stand and yield following field applications of common corn herbicides in the preceding corn crop. In greenhouse studies, herbicide doses were based on half-life values and expected herbicide residual concentrations in the soil up to 90 days after herbicide application, and herbicides were applied as single active ingredient products. At 6 weeks after treatment in greenhouse studies, clopyralid, pendimethalin and trifluralin caused no stand loss and minimal injury at labeled use rates. Based on published half-life data and the corresponding simulated doses, pennycress did not show biomass reduction from doses expected: 30 days after application from 2,4-D, dicamba, rimsulfuron, isoxaflutole, tolpyralate and atrazine (in a soil with a history of atrazine use); 60 days after application of topramezone and dimethenamid-P; and 90 days after application of flumioxazin, thiencarbazone-methyl, mesotrione, and tembotrione. Four herbicides, saflufenacil, S-metolachlor, acetochlor, and pyroxasulfone, caused mild biomass reduction at doses representing concentrations expected 90 days after application. In field studies, commercial corn premixes were applied at 1X and 2X rates for the soil type in May and June. Corn was harvested as silage, and pennycress was drilled into the plots shortly after harvest. In the 2021-2022 field trial, only one herbicide combination (a 2X rate of isoxaflutole+thiencarbazone-methyl followed by a 2X rate of tembotrione+thiencarbazone-methyl) caused pennycress yield loss relative to the untreated control. In average weather years, degradation process in field soils appear to be adequate to minimize pennycress injury from most corn herbicides applied in May and June, even at 2X rates.

 

 

 

Investigating the Genetic Control of Interspecific Hybridization Between Sorghum bicolor and S. halepense Using Recombinant Inbred Lines (RILs). Usha R. Pedireddi*, Nithya K. Subramanian, George Hodnett, Patricia Klein, William Rooney, Muthukumar V. Bagavathiannan; Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (328)

 

 

 

Classification of Herbicide Symptomology in Cotton Using Digital Images and Deep Learning. Ubaldo Torres*1, Joe Johnson1, Shefali Sarang1, Bishwa B. Sapkota1, Scott A. Nolte2, Muthukumar V. Bagavathiannan1; 1Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, College Station, TX (329)

Herbicide-induced crop stress from off-target movement is a growing concern in cotton production, the severity of which is influenced by several factors, including crop sensitivity, herbicide chemistry, and dose. The specific herbicide-induced response (i.e. symptomology) and the level of damage are typically assessed through visual evaluations, which require expert knowledge and can at times be subjective and inconsistent. With the advances in computer vision, there is a potential to automatically classify herbicide-induced symptomology in cotton using digital images and deep learning. Field experiments were conducted in 2021 and 2022 at the Texas A&M Research Farm near College Station, TX, to classify specific herbicide symptomology and assess cotton injury using digital images and deep learning. Cotton injury from eight herbicides (nicosulfuron, 2,4-D, dicamba, atrazine, isoxaflutole, glyphosate, glufosinate, and paraquat) at three simulated drift rates (high, moderate, and low, all below 1X) were evaluated at three (15-, 30-, and 60-cm-tall) growth stages, along with a non-treated control. Herbicide treatments were applied with a CO2 pressurized backpack sprayer to conventional cotton using a TTI11002 (for auxins) or a TT11002 (all other herbicides) nozzle, at a spray volume of 140 L ha-1. Following the herbicide application, digital images were collected weekly using a Cannon DSLR camera. Five pre-trained classification models (Densenet121, InceptionV3, VGG19, ResNet50, and ViT) were implemented. The dataset used in the study consisted of 21171 training images and 2514 testing images, belonging to 9 classes. Overall, the models effectively classified herbicides pertaining to different modes of action. The Densenet121 and InceptionV3 models provided similar results, with the non-treated control having the highest classification accuracy at 80%, followed by nicosulfuron and isoxaflutole. The standalone ViT model lacked overall accuracy, however once its backbone network is replaced by a convolution neural network, the ViT model produced the best results with classification accuracy between 74 and 96%. Findings show the great prospects of using image-based classification models for diagnosis of herbicide injury on crops. Research is ongoing to further improve the classification accuracy by fine-tuning the models, detecting injury on individual leaves, and modeling with other convolutional neural networks.

 

 

 

Evaluation of Crop Herbicide Tolerance Using UAV Obtained Multispectral Imagery. Ryan D. Langemeier*, Livia Pereira, Justin T. McCaghren, Steve Li; Auburn University, Auburn, AL (330)

The use of unmanned arial vehicles in agriculture has increased rapidly in recent years. While use is often focused on field scale usage, opportunity also exists for data collection in research trials. One area of potential focus is crop tolerance which does not require the use of artificial intelligence to identify weeds. In the 2021 and 2022 growing seasons four trials were conducted in central and southern Alabama on both corn (Zea maize) and upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum). Both crops received herbicide treatments both pre-emerge 0 weeks after planting (WAP), and post-emergence 4 WAP. Each crop had herbicides from five different modes of actions (MOA) applied; ALS, HPPD, PSII, PPO, and synthetic auxin. Rates were chosen to cause moderate crop injury. Data collection involved visual injury and drone imagery collection 2, 4, 6, and 8 WAP. Heights were recorded at 4 and 8 WAP. Imagery was then stitched using Pix4D mapper, and analysis was conducted using QGIS 3.20. Green pixel count after thresholding was used to estimate stunting using a multispectral VDVI (visible difference vegetative index). UAV derived stunting values correlate well with data derived from imagery analysis, with most R2 values in the 0.75 to 0.95 range. In addition, a similar process was done with a modified VDVI using RGB images, and results were similar as those derived from multispectral images. These results suggest that the use of UAVs could potentially add an objective data measurement to crop tolerance evaluations while reducing labor and time demands relative to current practices.

 

 

 

Comparison of Weed Control Outcomes When Using Precision Application Versus Traditional Approaches in Corn (Zea mays). Isaac H. Barnhart*1, Greg Kruger2, Kalvin Andrew Miller3, Chris Proctor4, Rodrigo Werle5, Anita Dille1; 1Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 2University of Nebraska - Lincoln, North Platte, NE, 3BASF, Seymour, IL, 4University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, 5University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI (331)

With the rise of artificial intelligence and weed recognition technology, precision herbicide applications are becoming a feasible option for producers. Precision sprayers allow for rapid on-the-go detection and treatment of weeds where they are in the field. The objective of this study was to evaluate weed control when applying current chemical weed control programs with a precision sprayer in corn [Zea mays (L.)]. A field study was conducted near Manhattan, Kansas in 2022. A dual-boom precision research sprayer was used to apply both preemergence (PRE) and postemergence (POST) herbicide treatments. Boom 1 was used to spot-spray (SS) foliar-applied herbicides and boom 2 was used to broadcast (BDCST) soil-applied (residual) herbicides. The experiment was arranged as a split-plot design, with the main plot factor being herbicide treatment program and the split-plot factor being weed detection sensitivity. Four herbicide treatment programs were evaluated: 1) SS and BDCST PRE followed by (fb) SS POST, 2) SS PRE fb SS POST, 3) SS and BDCST PRE only, and 4) SS and BDCST PRE fb SS and BDCST POST. Boom 1 applied a tank mixture of topramezone (12.3 g ai ha-1) and glyphosate (840 g ae ha-1) and boom 2 applied a dimethenamid-P (843 g ai ha-1) and atrazine (2,244 g ai ha-1) when applicable. The weed detection levels were high sensitivity (1), balanced sensitivity (2), a low sensitivity (3), and no sensitivity equal to a broadcast application (BC). PRE and POST applications were made on May 19 and June 17, 2022, respectively. Visual measurements (percentage of the plot that was weed-free) were taken 2, 4, and 6 weeks after the POST treatment (WAPT) on a scale between 0 and 100, with 0 indicating a complete weed infestation and 100 indicating no weeds within the plot. Generalized linear mixed models were fitted to the data using a beta distribution to analyze differences in the percentage of the plots that were free of weeds. The resulting models were analyzed using ANOVA, and means were separated with a Tukey honest significant difference test (a = 0.05). Results showed that at 6 WAPT, treatments with residual herbicides were less weedy than the treatments with no residual herbicides applied. At the same time frame, sensitivities 2 and 3 differed significantly from the BC application, but sensitivity 1 was not statistically different than BC. These results suggest that applying current chemical weed control programs in corn with precision application sprayers have potential in providing the same level of weed control as a traditional broadcast application.

 

 

 

Weed Control in Soybeans (Glycine Max) Using Precision Sprayers. Isaac H. Barnhart*1, Proctor Chris2, Thiago H. Vitti2, Kalvin Andrew Miller3, Greg Kruger4, Anita Dille1; 1Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 2University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, 3BASF, Seymour, IL, 4University of Nebraska - Lincoln, North Platte, NE (332)

 

 

 

Effects of PRE Herbicides on Precision Post Emergence Herbicide Application in Plasticulture Production. Ana Claudia Buzanini*1, Arnold W. Schumann2, Nathan Boyd3; 1University of Florida, Wimauma, FL, 2University of Florida, Lake Alfred, FL, 3University of Florida, Balm, FL (333)

To reduce off-target applications by banded or broadcast applications of postemergence (POST) herbicides, the University of Florida developed smart spray technology for weed control plasticulture systems. In the fall of 2021 and spring of 2022, one experiment was conducted on the plasticulture banana pepper field at the Gulf Coast Research and the Education Center in Balm, FL. The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a precision sprayer for POST-herbicide application in plasticulture pepper row middles in the presence or absence of pre-emergent (PRE) herbicide. The application of flumioxazin resulted in lower density for broadleaf and overall total in both seasons, as well as lower density of grasses in spring. For nutsedge, the two precision applications reduced the nutsedge density in spring. No significant pepper damage was observed by the spray methods tested. Using the smart spray technology, the herbicide volume used in treatments after the PRE-herbicide application was reduced by 84% and 54% for fall and spring respectively, and reduced by 30% and 45% for fall and spring respectively when no PRE-herbicide was applied. No reduction in weed control or pepper yield was observed using the precision application. Overall, the precision sprayer developed by the University of Florida reduced the sprayer volume with no reductions in weed control, no significant injuries on pepper, or negative effects on yield.

 

 

 

Herbicide Options in Industrial Hemp. Wyatt J. Stutzman*, Kevin Bamber, Cynthia Sias, Eli C. Russell, Michael L. Flessner; Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (334)

With the increasing value in hemp production for cannabidiol, there is a need for efficacious weed management options. Current options are limited to manual and non-chemical options, as no herbicides are currently labeled for use in hemp production. To alleviate this issue, an experiment was established in 2020 and 2021 to evaluate potential herbicide candidates for pre-emergent (PRE), delayed pre-emergent (DPRE), and post-emergent (POST) use in transplanted, raised bed CBD hemp. A total of 8 PRE, 7 DPRE, and 6 POST herbicides were applied according to the label for other similar specialty crops. Data collection included visible phytotoxicity over the growing season as well as harvest biomass.. The trials were in an RCBD design with four replications in Blackstone and Blacksburg, Virginia. A total of 4, 3 and 3 site-years were completed for each PRE, DPRE and Post, respectively. Data was subjected to ANOVA in the SAS software JMP (p<0.05) and mean separation using Fisher's Protected LSD. Treatment by site-year interactions occurred in all data. Visible phytotoxicity >10 % was observed from dimethenamid (Outlook), acetochlor (Warrant) and pyroxasulfone (Zidua SC) in 1 site-year each at 28 days after application (DAA). At 56 DAA, however, Blackstone in 2020 was the only data in which phytotoxicity differences were observed. DPRE herbicide application at 14 DAA of clomazone (Command 3ME) showed 26% phytotoxicity damage in 1 site year. At 28 and 56 DAA, no differences in phytotoxicity were observed in DPRE applications. Bromoxynil (Moxy 2EC) caused 5% - 8% phytotoxicity 7 DAA in POST applications in Blacksburg for both 2020 and 2021. Differences were not observed in any other locations or ratings. Harvest biomass in relation to the nontreated checks were not influenced by treatments. This research suggests potential for herbicide labels for hemp production under certain circumstances. Herbicides such as S-metolachlor, ethalfluralin, pendimethalin, linuron and flumioxazin PRE, S-metolachlor, acetochlor, dimethenamid, ethalfluralin, pendimethalin and pyroxasulfone DPRE, and all POST treatments were safe on hemp, with less than 10% observed phytotoxicity and no reduction of biomass. Future research is needed to evaluate residue of herbicide treatments and retention in harvested buds.

 

 

 

Assessing Deposition and Plant Responses Following Dicamba Applications in Cotton and Soybean Using Hooded and Open Boom Sprayers. Devin Hammer*, Naresh Pai, Allen Olmstead; Bayer Crop Science, St. Louis, MO (335)

Primary movement or physical drift is among the greatest contributors to off-target movement of pesticides. Adoption of practices and technologies that mitigate physical drift are critical not only for continued protection of sensitive species and habitats, but also for proper control of troublesome pests. This study was conducted to further demonstrate the ability of hooded sprayers to decrease the amount of spray that is subject to physical drift away from the intended application area. Applications were made using both hooded and open boom setups spraying tank-mixes with a dicamba herbicide formulated for use in dicamba-tolerant cropping systems. Eleven different sites with multiple university academics were utilized that showcase areas of high agricultural activity. These comprised of 8 soybean and 3 cotton sites.Spray applications were made in a direction perpendicular to the prevailing wind direction (3 swaths at 6 m/swath). Three transects were established perpendicular to the sprayer travel in the downwind direction and filter papers placed from 3-50 m. Upwind filter papers were also placed in line with these transects at 30 m. Filter papers were analyzed for dicamba residue according to the current version of the ME-1871 method. The crop surrounding the spray block included dicamba-sensitive varieties of either soybean or cotton depending on location which were rated for visual symptomology at 14 and 28 d following application at distances that matched the filter paper placement along each transect as well as in the upwind direction.In 2021, average dicamba spray drift deposition across 10 of the 11 locations was below the no observable adverse effect levels at 5 m from the edge of field with a hooded application. At 7 of the 8 soybean locations, downwind visual symptomology averaged <10% at the nearest evaluated distance of 3 m from the hooded spray block at 28 d after application. Average injury remained below 10% for all subsequent distances rated. Email for Primary Author: Devin.Hammer@bayer.com

 

 

 

A Novel Tool for Improving Selection of Nozzles and Adjuvants, CPDA's New Application Enhancement Certification Program. James Reiss*; Precision Laboratories, LLC, Lake Geneva, WI (336)

A Novel Tool for Improving Selection of Nozzles & Adjuvants, CPDA's New Application Enhancement Certification Program. James D. Reiss*1, J. Susan Sun2, Bradley K. Fritz3, Greg R. Kruger4,1Precision Laboratories, LLC, Waukegan, IL, 2Croda, Inc., New Castle, DE, 3USDA-ARS, College Station, TX, 4BASF, Durham, NC For over twenty years applicators have been searching for guidance in making more efficacious and on-target applications. To meet this industry need, and at the urging of academia, the CPDA (Council of Producers and Distributors of Agrotechnology) has developed the Application Enhancement Certification Program. This program recognizes that drift control without biological efficacy is not a successful application and is intended to provide applicators a more complete picture of the likely outcome of an application based on the interactions between pesticide formulation type, nozzle design and adjuvant selection. To accomplish this objective, the test protocol was designed to compare the pesticide formulation type alone, to the inclusion of a single adjuvant and use-rate, across a combination of four different nozzle type designs and four pesticide formulations known to influence spray droplet spectra. The four nozzle design types chosen are: a single orifice flat fan, an air-induction flat fan, a turbulence chamber and an air-inducted turbulence chamber nozzle. The four pesticide formulations used in the test protocol are: an emulsifiable concentrate (EC), a soluble liquid (SL) formulated with anionic surfactant, a soluble liquid (SL) formulated with cationic surfactant, and a soluble liquid (SL) with minimal inerts/adjuvancy). All nozzles were 11004 in size and solutions were sprayed at 276 kPa and analyzed with Sympatec Helos Vario KR laser diffraction particle size analyzer in a low speed (24.14 km/h air flow) wind tunnel. With the R7 lens installed, it can detect particle sizes ranging from 18 to 3500 microns. For ease of use the data distribution set is segregated into three classification categories based on the actual reference nozzle data. The three categories are: percentage of spray volume less than ~160 m (too small); percentage of spray volume between ~160 m to ~840 m (effective); and the percentage of spray volume greater than ~840 m (too large). The test results, from the two different adjuvants presented here, demonstrate how the interactions between pesticide formulation type, nozzle and adjuvant selection resulted three different types of outcomes. These outcomes included, a negative impact of a 13% reduction in the spray volume determined to be in the effective droplet size range; a neutral or do no harm effect; and a notable 32% increase in the spray volume determined to be in the effective droplet size range. Of course, this information and program are not intended to supersede any pesticide manufacturer's label requirements but rather, when possible, to help applicators make better decisions relative to the variables involved in a specific application.

 

 

 

Dicamba Applications Using Drop Nozzles to Reduce Drift in Texas Cotton. Hayden R. Taylor*1, Scott A. Nolte2, Peter A. Dotray3, Joshua A. McGinty4; 1Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, College Station, TX, 3Texas Tech University, Texas A&MTexas Tech University, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Lubbock, TX, 4Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Corpus Christi, TX (337)

Dicamba provides Texas cotton growers with a useful tool when battling herbicide resistant weeds. With the onset of glyphosate resistance, the mode of action of dicamba has proven to be a practical rotation method. However, due to the potential of off-target movement in dicamba, growers need to be well equipped to manage this drift-prone herbicide. In this study, we will observe alternative spray applications to reduce the potential for off-target movement deposition, from both physical drift and volatility. The study was conducted at three Texas A&M locations in Lubbock, Corpus Christi, and College Station. Two sites of dicamba tolerant cotton were planted and applied with dicamba and a drift reducing agent to simulate a practical early-season application. At Lubbock only, a third testing site was established for a third treatment. The sites were compared using different boom application methods of a standard open nozzle boom, a modified post-direct drop nozzle boom, and a hooded boom (Lubbock only). The sites were sprayed simultaneously under wind displaying off-label wind speeds. To detect physical drift, potted non-dicamba tolerant indicator species were placed in three transects downwind of the spray in the College Station and Corpus Christi locations. In Lubbock, non-dicamba tolerant cotton was field-planted surrounding the treated area. The indicator cotton was evaluated at distances of 30m upwind, 3m, 5m, 10m, 20m, 30m, 40m and 50m downwind where a filter paper was placed for deposition analysis. Weather data at all locations was implemented at 5-minute intervals. In conclusion of the application, the filter papers were collected and the indicated species were moved to a location off site. An injury percentage rating was taken of the indicator species at 14 and 28 days after treatment. Results showed a significant reduction in dicamba deposition when comparing a modified post-direct drop nozzle to all other boom types at most locations. Providing Texas growers with these data will be useful with increasing restrictions on dicamba use. With further research on application methods, cotton growers can confidently apply dicamba despite drift issues associated with the variety of Texas climates.

 

 

 

Developer of Novel Adjuvant Systems for Herbicides. Jim T. Daniel*1, Chase T. Boman2; 1Daniel Ag Consulting, Keenesburg, CO, 2AgraSyst, Spokane, WA (338)

 

 

 

Evaluation of Soybean and Cotton Injury to Low Volume Applications as Influenced by Application Type and GPA. Livia Pereira*, Steve Li, Ryan D. Langemeier, Justin T. McCaghren; Auburn University, Auburn, AL (339)

Spray drones are still a new method of application to deliver pesticides and are being adopted worldwide. One challenge of spray drones is that due to logistical concerns, low volumes must be used for large fields. Additionally, the effect of rotor wash driving spray into the canopy may also affect crop herbicide response. Spray tank mix and volume interactions for drone applications still need to be studied in order to understand their effect on crop response. The objective of this study was to evaluate soybean injury to low-volume application as influenced by spray drones or ground sprayer and spray volumes. The study was conducted at two sites in Macon and Limestone counties, Alabama. The experiment was a randomized complete block design with three replications. Plot sizes at both sites were 5.5 m by 45.7 m for drone applications and 3.6 m by 45.7 m for ground sprayer applications. Treatments consisted of a combination of glyphosate, pyroxasulfone, COC, and AMS either with or without fomesafen applied with a machine-mounted CO2 pressurized sprayer at different spray volumes. Application occurred when soybean was at the 5-6 trifoliate stage. Data collection included visual injury at 3, 7, 14, and 21 Days After Treatment (DAT). Soybean heights were taken at 7, 14, and 21 DAT. Additionally, NDVI was measured using a UAV sensor at 0, 7, 14, and 21 DAT. All data were analyzed in SAS 9.4. The results showed a site-by-treatment interaction at 3 DAT. At Macon County, treatments with fomesafen applied with ground sprayer at 93.5 L ha-1 presented the highest percentage injury, and it was significantly higher compared to drone applications at 18.7 L ha-1 for both treatments with and without fomesafen. At Limestone Co., treatments with fomesafen applied with ground sprayer at 46.7, 93.5, and 140 L ha-1 and without fomesafen at 140 L ha-1 also presented more injury than 17.7 L ha-1 both with and without fomesafen. For both sites, treatments applied with ground sprayer at 93.5 L ha-1 with fomesafen had a higher injury when compared to both drone applications at 18.7 L ha-1 at 7, 14, and 21 DAT. Overall, treatments without fomesafen tended to show less crop injury. Soybean heights were not statistically different from the NTC across all ratings. Spray application with ultra-low volume does not always mean more crop injury. The study showed that ultra-low volumes will not necessarily increase crop injury, however, questions on efficacy remain.

 

 

 

What's New at the Winfield United Innovation Center? Gregory K. Dahl*1, Eric P. Spandl2, Ryan J. Edwards2, Joshua J. Skelton3, Steven A. Fredericks2, Aszhia K. Albrecht4, Elizabeth R. Alonzi2, Elizabeth Buescher2, Cody Hoerning2, Derick Jiwan2; 1Winfield United, Eagan, MN, 2Winfield United, River Falls, WI, 3WinField United, Saint Paul, MN, 4Land O' Lakes - Winfield United, River Falls, WI (340)

The Winfield United Innovation Center in River Falls, Wisconsin opened in September 2017. It was designed and constructed to address research, size, capabilities, and support the business needs of Winfield United. We regularly conducted tours and meetings for people interested in herbicides, adjuvants, application methods, fertilizers, crops, and other topics. Many features and capabilities were incorporated into the Winfield United Innovation Center. Chemistry lab areas, equipment and chemists were increased to analyze, develop, optimize, and scale up manufacturing of products. Greenhouses and growth chambers were added to conduct year-round research and studies that are difficult to conduct in the field. Wind tunnel spray analysis systems were created or reengineered to improve capabilities, analyses, and imaging of spray droplets formation, characteristics, movement, and fate. Research and imaging that were recently conducted at the Winfield United Innovation Center included spray drift and deposition comparisons of dicamba and glyphosate containing mixtures in a large, closed, wind-tunnel system using susceptible soybean plants and spray collectors. Another study used plant phenotyping methods to evaluate control of corn plants treated with clethodim or clethodim plus adjuvants. High speed imaging equipment was used to observe droplet formation with Pulse Width Modulation (PWM), elevated wind speed, simulated aerial application conditions, and other demonstrations.

 

 

 

Single Tank vs Dual Tank See and SprayTM Programs in Soybean. Wesley Everman*1, Diego J. Contreras1, Jason K. Norsworthy2, Tristen H. Avent2, Bryan G. Young3, Marcelo Zimmer4, Jasmine M. Mausbach5, Michael M. Houston2, Lauren M. Lazaro6, William L. Patzoldt6; 1North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 2University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, 3Purdue University, Brookston, IN, 4Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 5University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, 6Blue River Technology, Sunnyvale, CA (341)

During the last few years, the implementation of machine learning for weed control has made significant progress. The first step were site-specific herbicide applications using green-on-brown technology to target weeds in fallow fields. The latest development has been green-on-green technology, where specialized sprayers can detect weeds within crops, as seen with Blue River and John Deere's See & SprayTM technology. See & SprayTM technology allows users to successfully detect, spray and control weeds within their crop productions. The See & SprayTM technology also includes a dual-tank system, which consists of two separate tank and spray systems, allowing a simultaneous application of different herbicides. The dual tank system provides benefits such as reduced herbicide output and joint application of herbicides that are incompatible as single tank mixes. An experiment was set up in soybeans at four locations (AR, IN, IL, MS) using an Agronomy Test Machine (ATM) with See & SprayTM technology to test how does a dual tank system compare to a single tank system regarding weed control. Herbicide treatments included a preemergence application and two postemergence applications with either a systemic or a contact product. Across all locations, dual tank system applications provided similar control as single tank system applications in soybeans.

 

 

 

Integrated Strategies of Weed Control in Semiarid Central Great Plains. Vipan Kumar*1, Rui Liu2, Sachin Dhanda1, Prashant Jha3, Jason K. Norsworthy4; 1Kansas State University, Hays, KS, 2Washington State University, Prosser, WA, 3Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 4University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR (342)

The widespread evolution of herbicide-resistant (HR) weeds poses a serious production challenge for producers in no-tillage (NT) semiarid Central Great Plains (CGP). The repetitive and sole reliance on herbicides with the same site of action (SOA), and lack of diversity in weed control practices resulted in evolved resistance to herbicides in major cropland weed species, including horseweed (Erigeron canadensis L.), kochia (Bassia scoparia L.), Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri L.), common waterhemp (Amaranthus tuberculatus L.), and Russian thistle (Salsola tragus L.). For instance, glyphosate resistance has widely spread among kochia and Palmer amaranth populations in the CGP region. In addition, several biotypes of these weed species have also evolved with multiple resistance to 4- to 5 different herbicide SOAs. Managing these multiple herbicide-resistant (MHR) weed populations is complex and varies both within and between regions. Nonetheless, increasing herbicide costs to manage these MHR weeds in combination with low commodity prices necessitates the development of ecological-based, alternative weed control strategies in the region. Several nonchemical strategies, including cover crops, occasional/strategic tillage, alteration in agronomic practices, and harvest weed seed control (weed seed destruction and chaff lining) have shown promising results in managing HR weeds in recent years. This paper aims to highlight the role of these nonchemical strategies as important component of integrated weed management (IWM) strategies for MHR weed control in the CGP region, with emphasis on ecological, economic, and agronomic benefits. We will also illustrate current research gaps, propose new research, and outreach needs for IWM adoption in the region.

 

 

 

Development of a Novel Electrocution-Based Robotic Platform for Weed Control in Vegetables and Field Crops. Ran Nisim Lati*1, Avital Bechar2; 1Department of Plant Pathology and Weed Research, Newe Ya’ar Research Center, Agricultural Research Organization (ARO) - Volcani Center, Ramat Yishay, Israel, 2Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center, Bet-Dagan, Israel, Bet Dagan, Israel (343)

Herbicides are the central element of most weed management programs in industrial countries. However, the growing concerns over environmental and human health aspects and the rising demand for pesticide-free foods have put great pressure on farmers to reduce the amount of herbicides being used and to adopt non-chemical weed control tactics. Electrical energy (weed electrocution) is an alternative weed control method that considered a sustainable mean as it neither causes soil erosion nor leaves chemical residue or contamination in the soil or the plant. The objectives of this study are to: 1) develop and assess a new, low-energy, electrocution-based weed control devices, 2) evaluate the impact of various operational and biological factors on the control performance and 3) develop autonomous prototype for weed electrocution for field crops and for orchards and side roads. To this end, two prototypes were developed for high-voltage weeding. The use of the electrostatic systems succeeds to damage and control weeds and can be considered as a breakthrough in the ability to use electrostatics in safe and efficient way for weeding. The damage to the weeds increased with increasing the exposure time for the electrostatic treatment and the electrostatic potential. The tolerance of the weeds to the electrostatic treatment increased with the weed growth stage. However, for at early stages, most species were damage until complete control level following 2-5 s of exposure time of the electrostatic treatment. As in other weed control means, the sensitivity to the treatment will vary for different weed species.

 

 

 

Investigating Novel Integrated Weed Management Systems on the Canadian Prairies. Breanne D. Tidemann*1, K. Neil Harker1, Steve Shirtliffe2, Christian Willenborg2, Eric N. Johnson2, Robert Gulden3, Newton Lupwayi4, T. Kelly Turkington1, Emma Stephens4, Charles M. Geddes4; 1Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lacombe, AB, Canada, 2University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, 3University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, 4Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge, AB, Canada (344)

Investigating Novel Integrated Weed Management Systems on the Canadian Prairies. Tidemann, B.D.*1, Harker, K.N.2, Shirtliffe, S.J.3, Willenborg, C.J.3, Johnson, E.N.3, Gulden R.H.4, Lupwayi, N.Z.5, Turkington, T.K.1, Stephens, E.5, Geddes, C.M.5 1Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lacombe, AB. 2Retired. 3University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK. 4University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB. 5Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge, AB. Using integrated weed management systems can aid in management and delayed evolution of herbicide resistant weeds. This five-year rotational study was conducted at six locations in the Canadian Prairies: Lacombe, Beaverlodge, and Lethbridge, AB; Scott and Saskatoon, SK, and Carman, MB. Treatments included combinations of rotational diversity, increased seeding rates, reduced herbicide applications, chaff collection, and crop silaging. Wild oat (Avena fatua), and wild buckwheat (Fallopia convolvulus) populations were supplemented at each site to increase consistency in density. Other common problem weeds were also supplemented, specific to each location. In the final year of the study all treatments were seeded into a 2x seeding rate of wheat and no herbicides were applied to allow for even comparison of the impact of the preceding 4 years of treatments. Weed counts were conducted by species, weed biomass collected by broadleaves and grasses, and crop yield as well as other agronomic data measured and collected. IWM treatments were compared to a continuous canola-wheat rotation, with baseline seeding rates and full herbicide applications. Wild oat, across locations, only showed significant increases in density compared to the control in some of the treatments without herbicide applications. Wild buckwheat showed no significant differences in density in any treatment compared to the control treatment. Wheat yield in the final year was significantly increased in treatments preceded by 3 years of alfalfa, or when chaff collection was added to base seeding rates and herbicide use. In some cases broadleaf weed biomass was reduced, not due to control imposed by the treatment, but due to lack of control of grass weeds in those treatments which then outcompeted the broadleaf weeds. Overall this study shows that some combinations of integrated weed management strategies can be as effective in managing weed populations as a traditional herbicide only based management system, however the efficacy of those strategies will also be species specific.breanne.tidemann@agr.gc.ca

 

 

 

Soil Residual Herbicide Degradation as Influenced by Soil Microbial Activity in Cover Cropping Systems. Lucas Oliveira Ribeiro Maia*1, William G. Johnson1, Bryan G. Young2, Eileen J. Kladivko1, Shalamar Armstrong1; 1Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 2Purdue University, Brookston, IN (345)

The use of residual herbicides at cover crop termination has been proposed as one strategy to improve the weed control during the critical weed-free period. Previous research suggests that the use of cover crops can increase soil microbial activity which, in turn, is known as the main pathway for herbicide degradation in the soil. Limited research has been published on the interaction of soil microbial activity and degradation of soil residual herbicides in cover cropping systems. Long-term research trials were established in 2019 and conducted in a corn (Zea mays L.)-soybean (Glycine max) rotation to investigate the influence of cereal rye (Secale cereale L.) and crimson clover (Trifolium incarnatum L.) cover crops on soil microbial activity and degradation of soil residual herbicides. Trials were established in a split-plot design with cover crops and fallow as the main plot and three herbicide programs as the subplot. The three herbicide programs were: no residual (glyphosate + glufosinate), medium residual (glyphosate + atrazine + S-metolachlor), and heavy residual (glyphosate + atrazine + S-metolachlor + mesotrione). Herbicides were applied at cover crop termination, two weeks before corn planting. Cover crop biomass was determined the day before termination. -glucosidase (BG) activity, dehydrogenase (DHA) activity, and herbicide concentrations were measured from soil samples taken at 0, 10, 14, 28, 56, 84, and 112 days after termination (DAT) at 0 to 5 cm depth. Weed biomass was determined in four weeks after corn planting. The use of cereal rye for three years increased -glucosidase and dehydrogenase activities by an average of 23 and 76%, respectively, compared to the fallow control. However, the degradation of atrazine and mesotrione was not affected by the increased soil microbial activity measured in cover cropping systems. The initial concentrations of atrazine and mesotrione in the soil were reduced by up to 41 and 36%, respectively, in the presence of cereal rye compared to the fallow control. The inclusion of three residual herbicides at cereal rye termination provided 95% reduction in weed biomass compared to the termination without residual herbicides. E-mail for contact: oliveirl@purdue.edu

 

 

 

Incorporating Winter Camelina or Canola into Rotational Cropping Systems of Colder Climates to Reduce Weed Pressure. James V. Anderson*1, Wun S. Chao1, Xuehui Li2, Russ W. Gesch3, Marisol T. Berti2, David P. Horvath1; 1USDA-ARS, Fargo, ND, 2North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, 3USDA-ARS, Morris, MN (346)

Winter oilseed cash cover crops are gaining popularity in integrated weed management programs for suppressing weeds. A RCBD with three replications of winter canola (Brassica napus L.), winter camelina [Camelina sativa (L.) Crantz], and fallow was used at two field sites (Fargo, ND and Morris, MN) to determine the freezing tolerance and weed-suppressing traits of these oilseed crops under field conditions in the upper Midwestern USA. The top 10 freezing tolerant accessions from a phenotyped population of winter canola (under controlled growth chamber conditions) were bulked and planted at a rate of 5.0 kg ha-1 with 30.5-cm row spacing and winter camelina (cv. Joelle) was planted at 6.7 kg ha-1 with 15-cm row spacing. To phenotype our entire winter canola population (621 accessions) for freezing tolerance under field conditions, seeds were also bulked and planted at 3.7 kg ha-1 with 30.5-cm row spacing. All canola and camelina were no-till seeded at Fargo directly and no-till seeded into wheat stubble at Morris at two planting dates, late August (PD1) and mid-September (PD2) 2019. Sampling date (SD) for winter survival of oilseed crops (plants m-2) and their corresponding weed suppression (plants m-2 and dry matter m-2) were collected between April and June 2020. Crop and SD were significant (P <0.05) for crop plant counts at both locations, and PD in Fargo and crop x PD interaction in Morris were significant for weed dry matter. At Morris and Fargo, PD1 produced better winter canola survival (28% and 5%, respectively) and PD2 produced better camelina survival (79% and 72%, respectively). Based on coefficient of determination (r2), ~50% of weed plant count was explained by camelina density, whereas <20% was explained by canola density at both locations. Camelina from PD2 suppressed weed dry matter by >90% of fallow at both locations, whereas weed dry matter in canola was not significantly different from fallow at either PD. Genotyping of overwintering canola under field conditions identified nine accessions that survived at both locations, which also had excellent freezing tolerance under controlled conditions. These accessions are good candidates for improving freezing tolerance in commercial canola cultivars.james.v.anderson@usda.gov

 

 

 

Cereal Rye Cover Crop Significantly Delays Weed Emergence in Cotton. Gustavo Camargo Silva*, Muthukumar V. Bagavathiannan; Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (348)

The most popular cover crop species in recent times in the United States is cereal rye, which apart from offering soil and water conservation benefits, has great potential as an integrated weed management tool. There is evidence that cereal rye can delay weed emergence timing in summer cash crops, potentially by decelerating soil warming in the spring and by physically suppressing weeds with a dense biomass. This project seeks to determine the effect of cereal rye biomass levels on soil temperature, water, and in turn weed emergence patterns in a cotton crop. Cereal rye was planted at four seeding rates (0, 20, 40, and 80 kg ha-1) and terminated at three timings (6, 4, and 2 weeks before planting the cash crop), totaling 12 treatments to create a wide range of biomass. Soil water and temperature were continuously monitored using automatic sensors. Cereal rye biomass production was determined at termination, which was carried out using glyphosate (870 g ae ha-1). Cotton was planted into the cereal rye residues using a no-till drill. Weed density and emergence were assessed during early summer. Preliminary results show that high cereal rye biomass levels reduce the soil thermal amplitude by 5oC at the cash crop planting time. The cereal rye residue also reduced the evaporation of soil water by 0.2 m3 m-3. Weed emergence was both reduced and delayed in cereal rye plots compared to the fallow ones, the extent of which had a positive relationship with cereal rye biomass levels. A reduction in the amplitude of soil temperature is intrinsically tied to a reduction in soil water evaporation, and this mechanism plays a significant role in weed suppression by cereal rye cover crops.

 

 

 

Effects of Cover Crop Management on Weed Emergence Across the Eastern United States. Eugene P. Law*1, Mark VanGessel2, Steven Brian Mirsky3, Victoria Ackroyd4, Muthukumar V. Bagavathiannan5, Kevin W. Bradley6, William S. Curran7, Adam S. Davis8, Jeffrey Evans9, Wesley Everman10, Michael L. Flessner11, Nicholas R. Jordan12, Lauren M. Lazaro13, Ramon G. Leon10, John Lindquist14, Jason K. Norsworthy15, Lovreet S. Shergill16; 1University of Delaware, Beltsville, MD, 2University of Delaware, Georgetown, DE, 3USDA ARS, Beltsville, MD, 4University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 5Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 6University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 7Penn State University, Bozeman, MT, 8University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, 9Five Rivers Conservation Trust, Concord, NH, 10North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 11Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 12University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, 13Blue River Technology, Sunnyvale, CA, 14University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, 15University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, 16Montana State University, Huntley, MT (350)

Cover crops, i.e., crops that are planted to cover the soil and provide ecosystem services rather than to be harvested, have been shown to provide weed suppression in a wide variety of cropping systems, alongside other services such as improved soil health and nutrient retention. Cover crops compete with weeds for resources while living, and physically and chemically suppress weeds after they are terminated. While cover crops alone are not often able to provide satisfactory weed management, they can be a useful tool alongside other tactics in integrated weed management systems. In particular, there is evidence that cover crops can delay weed seedling emergence after cash crop planting, thereby reducing weed competition during critical periods of crop establishment and extending the window of opportunity for effective POST herbicide applications. Cover crop management has been shown to impact the cover crop's weed suppressive potential due to management effects on cover crop biomass and quality (i.e., C:N ratio) relative to environmental factors such as soil type, temperature, and moisture. To investigate the effects of delaying cover crop termination on weed seedling emergence across a wide range of environmental conditions, a field experiment was carried out at 12 locations in the Eastern United States between 2017 and 2020. At each location, cereal rye cover crops were grown and terminated six (Early termination), four (Intermediate), and two (Late) weeks prior to planting soybean, alongside a fallow (No cover) control. All plots received a burndown herbicide application at the time of soybean planting. Cover crop biomass was measured at the time of termination, and weed seedling emergence for a minimum of three weed species was counted in two 0.5 m2 quadrats at 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 weeks after soybean planting (WAP). After each seedling count an effective non-selective herbicide was applied to isolate sequential cohorts of emerging weeds. Cover crop biomass increased linearly with later termination. Across all site years, later cover crop termination was associated with lower cumulative seedling emergence across the growing season. Fewer seedlings of both broadleaf and grass species emerged in plots with Late terminated cover crops than in plots with Intermediate or Early termination, and all termination timings had less total weed emergence than plots without cover crops. Seedling emergence decreased as WAP increased, but an interaction between WAP and Late and Intermediate termination indicated that emergence timing was delayed by those treatments. Future analysis of this robust dataset will explore the impacts of cover crop management on emergence of individual troublesome weed species, particularly those that frequently exhibit herbicide resistance, and will also examine how environmental conditions might mediate the observed effects of cover crops on weed emergence timing.

 

 

 

Using "Stacked" Cultivation Implements to Improve Weed Control Selectivity. Bryan Brown*1, Daniel C. Brainard2, Percy Marshall3; 1New York State Integrated Pest Management Program, Cornell University, Geneva, NY, 2Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 3University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR (351)

Many different types of cultivation implements may be used to control weeds in the intra-row zone. These include flat sweeps, finger weeders, torsion weeders, and harrows. Previous work has suggested that these implements can be effectively used in combination, or stacked, and they have greatest efficacy when they undercut, then uproot, and then finally bury weeds. But damage to crops was unacceptably high in previous trials. Therefore, we tested various combinations of one, two, or three implements in beets and snap beans to determine if adjustments could be made to the stacked setups of previous work to reduce crop damage while maintaining high efficacy. Most of the implements were set farther from the crop than in previous work, but we found that the implements could still disturb the soil at the base of the crops. Likewise, we added a small set of disks to some setups and found they threw a steady amount of soil on the base of the crop to bury small weeds. GPS guidance was also used in all the trials, which ensured straight rows and optimal positioning of the implements. We used a randomized complete block design with four replications per treatment, and most crop-treatment combinations were repeated several times over our eight site-years. We assessed weed control after each cultivation by comparing weed density in the 10-cm intra-row zone to untreated plots. Crop mortality was determined using pre- and post-cultivation counts of each plot. Overall, our changes resulted in improved weed control selectivity compared to previous work. In our New York snap bean trials, mean efficacy in the intra-row zone was 52%, 71% and 87%, while crop mortality was 1.0%, 1.8%, and 3.8%, for one-, two-, and three-implement combinations, respectively. Although the ratio of efficacy to crop mortality was least in the three-implement combinations, our farmer advisors indicated that since any remaining weeds would remain uncontrolled through harvest, the three-implement combinations were most favorable. While intra-row cultivation caused unacceptable damage in our trials with two-leaf beets, efficacy in four-leaf beets was 13%, 38%, and 61% with crop mortality at 9%, 15%, and 12% for one-, two-, and three-implement combinations, respectively.

 

 

 

Integrating Electrocution as a Supplemental Weed Control Tool in No-till Organic Soybean. Madhav Dhakal*, Carolyn Garrity, Reza Afshar; Rodale Institute, Kutztown, PA (352)

Weed control is one of the major and enduring challenges in cover crop-based no-till organic farming. Zapping weeds with high-voltage electricity could eliminate late-season intra-row weeds as part of the integrated weed control systems to supplement the available mechanical tools in organic systems, however, information on electrical weed control is lacking. A plot-scale agronomic experiment was initiated in 2022 at Kutztown, PA, to demonstrate the influence of high-residue cultivation (HRC) and electrocution (once and twice during season) on weed community composition, weed biomass, and crop yield under cereal rye (Secale cereale) based no-till organic soybean (Glycine max). The cover crop biomass yield before termination was 7.43 3.78 Mg ha-1. Soybean (370,500 seeds ha-1) was no-till planted into the rolled-crimped rye residue in a single operation at 0.76 m spacing. A tractor-mounted equipment called The Weed ZapperTM was used to electrocute weeds taller than crop canopy in July and August 2022. Up to 24 weed species were identified and categorized as broadleaf, grasses, and sedges between June and September 2022. The species ground cover was determined using the Grid method and percentage green cover was measured using ImageJ analysis. Electrocution changed the functional composition of weed communities as it increased the species richness by 21 and 7% over the control and HRC only, respectively. Electrocution significantly reduced the abundance of Seteria faberi and Ambrosia artemisifolia and increased the Shannon Hill diversity and evenness over the control and HRC only. The total weed biomass did not differ between the treatments although the HRC + two electrocutions had 35% more green cover than other treatments. None of the weed control tactics had grain yield more than the control (1.49 Mg ha-1) and even lower for HRC + electrocutions (1.21 Mg ha-1). This indicates that although electrocution may kill tall-growing key weeds, it may not be conducive to soybean productivity.

 

 

 

A New Enemy in Town: Resistant Ryegrass Heading North in Europe. Alberto Collavo*, Bianca Assis Barbosa Martins, Bodo Peters; Bayer AG, Frankfurt Am Main, Germany (353)

A new enemy in town: herbicide-resistant ryegrass heading north in EU During the last decade thousands of weed samples have been sent to Bayer's Weed Resistance Competence Center in the frame of complaint monitoring. Herbicide resistance testing is part of Bayer's stewardship measures and an important step for understanding the spread, pattern, and level of herbicide resistance. Early detection of resistant weeds provides the farmer time to limit the spread and mitigate severe resistance problems. Since 2005 weed samples of more than 20000 fields collected in the European geographical area have been tested. Based on the field history, infestation levels and the weed spectrum of each characterized location a continuously increasing number of ryegrass samples (Lolium spp.) has been observed. Such weed samples originate from complaints and are not randomly collected. Previous field occurrences of ryegrass species in northern locations cannot be excluded; however, complaints indicate that ryegrass is an emerging problem in those agricultural environments. Herbicide resistance has been detected mainly to post-emergence herbicides belonging to the ACCase- and ALS-inhibitor groups. Pre-emergence herbicides are generally still an option; however, few ryegrass samples showed shifts in sensitivity. A closer look at the collection areas confirms an increase in herbicide-resistant ryegrass samples originating from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, and United Kingdom, areas historically infested by other grasses, such as blackgrass (Alopecurus myosuroides) or silky bent grass (Apera spica-venti). The increase in infestation levels of ryegrass species in the northern latitudes is likely due to their overall adaptation to the increasing temperatures and rainfall reduction in those areas over the last decades. alberto.collavo@bayer.com

 

 

 

Effect of Winter Brassica carinata Production on Weed Control in Subsequent Peanut. Pratap Devkota*, Sithin Mathew, Navjot Singh; University of Florida, Jay, FL (354)

Ethiopian mustard (Brassica carinata) is recently introduced as a winter biofuel crop in the southeastern United States. As a new crop in the region, it is important to understand the effect of carinata production on weed control in the summer crop. Field research was conducted from November 2021 to October 2022 at the University of Florida, West Florida Research and Education Center near Jay, FL to evaluate the influence of growing winter carinata for weed control on subsequent summer peanut production. The main plot factor was winter cropping history: a) carinata, and b) weedy fallow. The sub-plot factor was preemergence (PRE) applied herbicide programs: a) fluridone, b) acetochlor, c) fluridone+acetochlor, d) no PRE herbicide. PRE herbicides were followed by postemergence (POST) application of S-metolachlor+2,4-DB+imazapic at 4 weeks after PRE (WA-PRE). At 2 WA-PRE, the peanut stand with winter carinata treatment was >7 plants m-1 compared to weedy fallow. Results at 4 WA-PRE illustrated that peanut height was greater with carinata compared to weedy fallow. Likewise, grass weed species (barnyardgrass, Texas panicum, large crabgrass) control was 20% or greater and density was about 3 times lower with carinata production compared to weedy fallow. However, there was no effect of winter cropping history and PRE herbicide programs for control and density reduction of broadleaf weed species, such as sicklepod, morningglory spp., and yellow nutsedge control. At 4 WA-POST herbicide applications, winter cropping history resulted in 5 and 8 cm greater peanut height and canopy width, respectively, with winter carinata compared to weedy fallow. There was no effect of winter cropping history and herbicide programs on the grass or broadleaf weed control and density. The peanut yield was not different with winter cropping history and herbicide program treatments. Overall, the study suggests that winter carinata production has the potential to complement early-season grass weed control for peanut production in the subsequent summer.

 

 

 

Automated Intra-row Weeding Informed by Sugar Beet Response to Hoeing and Flaming Across Early Growth Stages. Margaret R. McCollough*1, Frank Poulsen2, Bo Melander3; 1University of Maine, Orono, ME, 2F. Poulsen Engineering Aps., Hvals, Denmark, 3Aarhus University, Department of Agroecology, Slagelse, Denmark (355)

Automated intelligent intra-row weeding machines offer effective intra-row weed control in slow-to-establish direct-seeded crops like sugar beet. These machines identify individual crop plants and selectively hoe or flame weed in the between-crop zone, leaving the intra-row close-to-crop zone untreated. To characterize crop tolerance to intra-row weeding and describe optimal tool working distances, five pot experiments were performed with the test crop sugar beet. Variables tested included hoeing distance (0, 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 mm), flaming distance (0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 mm), and flaming intensity (0.19, 0.37, 0.74, 1.49, 2.97, and 5.95 kg propane fuel consumption km-1 of crop row); crop growth stages ranged from cotyledon to the six-leaf stage. At cotyledon to the four-leaf stage, hoeing could be performed as close as 1 cm to sugar beet plant centers before adverse crop effects were observed. Based on crop injury measured, direct flaming of sugar beet at the cotyledon stage is not advised at any intensity, although flaming tolerance was observed to increase with crop growth stage. Direct flaming did not affect sugar beets when the propane dose was = 0.74 kg km-1 at the two-leaf stage, = 1.49 kg km-1 at the four-leaf stage, and = 5.95 kg km-1 at the six-leaf stage. Sugar beets at the two-leaf growth stage were not damaged by flaming at distances = 1.5 cm at a propane dose of 3.72 kg km-1. Field experiments will be necessary to confirm these operational guidelines for next-generation automated intelligent weeders.

 

 

 

HRAC Global Validation Criteria for Unique Herbicide Resistance Cases. Harry J. Strek*1, Mark A. Peterson2, Marcel S C de Melo3, Caio V S Rossi4, Ian M. Heap5; 1HRAC Global, Frankfurt Am Main, Germany, 2Dow AgroSciences LLC (Ret.), Indianapolis, IN, 3Bayer Brasil, Paulnia, Brazil, 4Corteva, Mogi Mirim, Brazil, 5The International Herbicide-Resistant Weed Database, Corvallis, OR (356)

 

 

 

Pairing Nanoparticles with FANA Technology for Spray-on Gene Silencing in Weeds. Katie Martin*1, Todd A. Gaines1, Veenu Aishwarya2; 1Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, 2AUM Lifetech, Philadelphia, PA (357)

Agricultural production relies on effective control of pests to produce top yields. Herbicide resistant weeds are a major threat to crop yield loss and growers can spend up to 65% of their annual pest control budget on herbicides and/or weed control measures. With resistant weed populations on the rise since the late 1970s there is an evident need for new herbicidal technologies. Fluoroarabinucleic acid (FANA) is a modified sugar that can be incorporated into the DNA backbone. This enhancement causes the DNA to become more stable in aqueous environments, making it an ideal candidate for spray-on gene silencing. Gene silencing targets the mRNA of organisms and can be used to target specific sites within biological pathways. Recent research highlights the ability to use RNA-targeting technologies in a spray solution for uptake by plants and insects. Existing spray-on gene silencing methods in plants involve the use of plasmids or RNAi, both of which are unstable for extended time periods at ambient temperature. A major challenge spray-on gene silencing methods face in plant matrices is crossing the cell wall. Researchers have found that nanoparticles can assist in cell uptake of the gene silencing trigger, such as single-stranded RNA, and significantly increase down-regulation of the target gene. There are numerous types of nanoparticles that can be used to deliver genetic material into plants. Most of these particles utilize weak surface interactions between the particle (or functionalized particle) and the nucleic acid. This research aims to pair FANA technologies with nanoparticles for efficient and effective uptake of FANA antisense oligonucleotides to silence genes in various weed species resulting in a new management method for herbicide resistant weeds.

 

 

 

Species-Level Weed Biomass Estimation from Video Imagery Using 3D Point Clouds. Daniel J. Ginn*1, Paula J. Ramos-Giraldo2, Michael A. Alcorn3, Maria L. Cangiano3, April M. Dobbs2, Sren K. Skovsen4, Matthew Kutugata1, Ramon G. Leon2, Chris Reberg-Horton2, Muthukumar V. Bagavathiannan1, Steven Brian Mirsky5; 1Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 3USDA, Beltsville, MD, 4Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark, 5USDA ARS, Beltsville, MD (358)

 

 

 

Hard Water Effect on Glyphosate Grass Control in the Enlist Weed System. Justin T. McCaghren*, Steve Li, Ryan D. Langemeier, Livia Pereira; Auburn University, Auburn, AL (359)

The Enlist weed control system allows growers to tank mix glyphosate, 2,4-D, and/or Liberty (glufosinate) to control a broad spectrum of weeds. It has been documented that certain salts of 2,4-D, including the choline salt (Enlist One), can antagonize glyphosate control of grassy weeds. Additionally, hard water ions such as calcium and magnesium are also known to reduce glyphosate efficacy. Previous literature states that with the addition of water conditioners, such as diammonium sulfate (AMS) antagonism by both 2,4-D and hard water ions can be overcome, however little information is available about when both antagonists are present. A study was created with the objectives of evaluating the effects of annual grass control based on 1) tank mixtures of glyphosate + Enlist One and glyphosate + Enlist One + Liberty compared to glyphosate alone, 2) comparing tank mixtures of each treatment in both hard or distilled water, 3) analyzing the effects AMS in overcoming antagonism. The study was conducted in summer of 2021 in Elmore and Henry counties in Alabama. This study was repeated in summer of 2022 in Henry County, Alabama. This study included a randomized complete block design with four replications at each site. Visual ratings were taken at 7, 14, 21, and 28 days after treatment (DAT). Biomass was recorded at 28 DAT. Glufosinate had little overall effect on grass control. The results indicate that both hard water and Enlist One can antagonize glyphosate annual grass control. However, AMS is able to overcome all antagonism even when all products are combined in hard water.

 

 

 

Multistate Assessment of Cowpea Cover Crop Germplasm, Seeding Rate, and Termination Timing Effects on Weed Suppression. Carlene A. Chase*1, Daniel A. Boakye1, Parmeshwor Aryal1, Nicholas T. Basinger2, Lisa Fultz3, Audrey V. Gamble4, Erin Haramoto5, Nithya Rajan6, Vitalis Temu7, Elide Valencia8; 1University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2The University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 3Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, 4Auburn University, Auburn, AL, 5University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 6Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 7Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA, 8University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, Mayaguez, PR (360)

Cowpea [Vigna unguiculata (L) Walp.] is a legume that is used for food and forage and to provide agroecosystem services as a warm season cover crop and green manure. The indeterminate germplasm lines, US-1136, US-1137 and US-1138, were selected for use as cover crops due to their soft seed trait that reduces volunteer incidence compared to the commonly used 'Iron Clay' cowpea. The objective of this experiment was to compare the efficacy of weed suppression by the three cowpea germplasm lines and determine the optimum seeding rates of the germplasm lines for use as cover crops in the southern region. In summer 2021, the three cowpea lines were planted at 40, 60, 80, 100 and 120 lb/acre along with a no cover crop, weedy control in seven states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Kentucky, Texas, Virginia) and Puerto Rico. The experimental design was a randomized complete block with four replications. Data were collected on cowpea shoot biomass and weed biomass at 6, 8, and 10 weeks after planting (WAP) to simulate three cover crop termination dates. Delaying termination until 10 WAP resulted in the maximum amount of biomass at 85% of the locations. All three cowpea germplasm lines had considerable shoot biomass accumulation, but their performance differed with location. At most locations, cowpea lines significantly suppressed weed biomass compared to the weedy control with no difference among the germplasm lines. There was a significant decrease in weed biomass as seeding rates increased at all locations except for Georgia. All three lines show adaptability for weed suppression across the region with significant weed suppression occurring even at the lowest rate of 40 lb/acre.

 

 

 

Integrated Weed Management Practices to Control ALS and PPO-Inhibitor Resistant Palmer Amaranth. Justin T. McCaghren*, Steve Li, Ryan D. Langemeier, Livia Pereira; Auburn University, Auburn, AL (361)

Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) is an economically damaging weed found throughout the southeastern United States. Over reliance of herbicides in management has caused development of herbicide resistance in Palmer amaranth including ALS-inhibitors and PPO inhibitor herbicides potentially limiting peanut producers' options to control Palmer. Evaluation of alternative pre-emergent herbicides and cultural practices (high residue cover crops) to control Palmer amaranth is imperative for peanut production. This project evaluates integration of high residue cover crops (CC) versus conventional tillage (CT) and pre-emergent herbicide programs in peanut to control resistant Palmer amaranth without using PPO-inhibitor herbicides. Cereal rye was the only CC species using in CC system. Acetochlor, fluoridone, norflurazon, pendimethalin were used as PRE-treatments in different tank mixes. Paraquat was used in CT system to clean up Palmer with 2,4-DB. Imazapic, 2,4-DB and S-metolachlor were applied in CC system to provide morning glory and residual control of Palmer amaranth. This study was conducted in summer of 2021 in Henry, Elmore, and Baldwin counties in Alabama. This study was repeated in summer of 2022 in Baldwin County, Alabama. Approximately 7000-8000 kg ha-1 CC residue was present at peanut planting and 2000-3000 kg ha-1 residue still remained on soil surface at 56 days after peanut planting (DAP) in all locations. All herbicide treatments provided effective control of Palmer amaranth with more than 90% control compared to the non-treated check (NTC) in all planting systems through 70 DAP. The CC NTC had fewer Palmer amaranth compared to the NTC of CT at 70 DAP. Data indicated that cover crop residue allowed for quicker canopy closure and as well as effective Palmer amaranth suppression throughout the growing season. These results suggest that alternative approach of residual herbicides plus CC residue is an effective method to control ALS and PPO resistant Palmer amaranth while maintaining sufficient peanut crop growth.

 

 

 

Cultural Tactics Prevail in the War on Multiple Herbicide-Resistant Kochia (Bassia scoparia). Charles M. Geddes*1, Louis J. Molnar1, Cindy A. Gampe2, Prabhath Lokuruge2; 1Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge, AB, Canada, 2Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Scott, SK, Canada (362)

Kochia [Bassia scoparia (L.) A.J. Scott] management is a growing issue for many farmers in western North America. High genetic diversity combined with efficient cross-pollination of this tumbleweed result in rapid evolution and spread of herbicide resistance. Kochia populations exhibiting resistance to acetolactate synthase inhibitors, glyphosate, and synthetic auxins are increasing in occurrence in the Canadian prairies, leaving limited effective herbicide options. Two different fully-phased four-year crop rotation studies were conducted to assess whether (a) crop row spacing and seeding rate, and (b) crop diversity and crop life cycle diversity, augment management of multiple herbicide-resistant kochia while also implementing herbicide layering. The former study was conducted in Lethbridge, AB from 2018–2021, while the latter was conducted in Lethbridge, AB and Scott, SK from 2019–2022. Doubling crop seeding rates in a spring wheat–canola–spring wheat–lentil rotation decreased kochia biomass in the 3rd and 4th year by 64% overall. Reducing row spacing from 46–23 cm decreased kochia biomass by 56%. When combined, narrow rows and double seeding rates decreased kochia biomass by 80% compared with wide rows and recommended seeding rates; equivalent to the threshold considered control by herbicide regulators. This suggests that optimizing crop spatial arrangement can result in kochia management equivalent to a new effective herbicide site of action. The Lethbridge site of the crop diversity study had sufficient kochia densities to derive treatment differences. Crop rotations that replaced spring wheat with winter wheat had 74% and 64% lower kochia density and biomass, respectively, by the third year. Kochia density and biomass were reduced by 89% and 99%, respectively, by perennial alfalfa/meadow brome compared with the rotations containing spring wheat. Together, these results suggest that narrow row spacing, increased seeding rates, and crop life cycle diversity contribute strongly to integrated management of multiple herbicide-resistant kochia.

 

 

 

Cover Crop Monocultures and Mixtures Affect Weed Seedbank Diversity in the Southeast United States. Aniruddha Maity*1, Audrey V. Gamble1, Annu Kumari1, Anna Murry Johnson1, Andrew J. Price2; 1Auburn University, Auburn, AL, 2USDA-ARS, Auburn, AL (363)

 

 

 

Community Management of Herbicide Resistance: Insights from the Pacific Northwest. Nick Bergmann*1, Ian Burke1, Chloe Wardropper2; 1Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 2University of Illinois, Champaign, IL (364)

A community management approach to addressing herbicide resistance – grounded in common pool resource theory – has emerged as a popular conceptual framing within the social dimensions of weed management literature. This presentation critically analyzes common pool resource theory and its limitations for herbicide resistance management. Specifically, we argue for a more expansive approach to community management that moves beyond a singular focus on common pool resource theory. In particular, we argue that a co-production of knowledge framing offers an alternative approach for community management that may yield greater benefits for weed management. To support our argument, we present early results from a co-production of knowledge approach to herbicide resistance in the Pacific Northwest.

 

 

 

IR-4 Weed Science Update - Food Crops. Roger B. Batts*, Jerry Baron, Venkat Pedibhotla; IR-4 Project HQ, NC State University, Raleigh, NC (365)

IR-4 Weed Science Update – Food Crops. Roger B. Batts, Jerry Baron, Venkat Pedibhotla. IR-4 Project, NC State University, Raleigh, NC Residue projects IR-4 data submitted to EPA led to over 600 new uses in 2022. Of these, nearly 280 uses were for herbicides (tribenuron and glufosinate) in many specialty crops, crop groups or subgroups. Glufosinate approvals include avocado, bushberry subgroup, cottonseed subgroup, fig, vining small fruit subgroup, hops, melon subgroup, pepper/eggplant subgroup, rapeseed subgroup, squash/cucumber subgroup, tomato subgroup, tropical and subtropical small fruit-edible peel subgroup, tuberous and corm vegetable subgroup. Tribenuron approvals involve dried shelled bean subgroup, dried shelled pea subgroup, rapeseed subgroup, cottonseed subgroup, proposed wheat subgroup, proposed barley subgroup, proposed field corn subgroup, proposed grain sorghum and millet subgroup, and proposed rice subgroup. IR-4 submitted three herbicide data petitions to EPA in 2022 (acifluorfen, triclopyr and saflufencail). These submissions could potentially lead to more than a dozen new uses. Ten new herbicide magnitude-of-residue studies began in 2022, which could result in more than 50 new uses. Twenty-one new herbicide and PGR residue studies will begin in 2023. Product Performance projects Generating Product Performance (efficacy and crop safety) data to support registration of pest management tools in specialty crops continues to be an important and expanding part of the IR-4 annual research plan. This data is often required by registrants and/or states to complete the registration process. The number of on-going herbicide Product Performance studies in 2022 was twenty (60 individual trials), with twelve of them beginning in 2022. The 2023 field research plan for herbicides and plant growth regulators includes twenty-nine (>90 individual trials) continuing or new Product Performance studies. Integrated Solutions projects IR-4's Integrated Solutions (IS) Program is structured to assist specialty crop growers outside of the traditional single product/single crop residue and product performance research. IS research efforts focus on crop-pest combinations to address solutions in these four areas, 1) pest problems without solutions, 2) resistance management, 3) products for organic production and 4) pesticide residue mitigation. In 2022, there were nine active IS projects with herbicides and plant growth regulators (22 individual trials), three of which will continue in 2023. Four new weed control IS studies will begin in 2023 (10-12 individual trials), including quinoa, stevia, date palm, and dry bulb onion.

 

 

 

Weed Control and Crop Tolerance as Influenced by Pendimethalin Rate and Timing of Application in Cranberry Production. Thierry E. Besancon*1, Marcelo L. Moretti2, Katherine Ghantous3, Jed Colquhoun4, Cyrus A. Smith5; 1Rutgers University, Chatsworth, NJ, 2Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, 3UMass Amherst, UMass Cranberry Station, East Wareham, MA, 4University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 5Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., Bandon, OR (366)

Pendimethalin is a WSSA group 3 herbicide that provides excellent preemergence control of various annual grasses as well as small seeded annual broadleaf weeds. An encapsulated pendimethalin formulation (Satellite HydroCap) has recently added cranberry to its label. In 2017, the use of a similar pendimethalin formulation was associated with widespread highbush blueberry phytotoxicity in New Jersey. High use rate, blueberry shallow root system, sandy soil with low organic matter content, and applications timed around or after budbreak increased the risk of pendimethalin injury. Given the genetic proximity of blueberry and cranberry, and the lack of reference regarding, multistate field studies were conducted in 2022 to assess cranberry tolerance to chemigated (400 GPA) or boom applied (30 GPA) pendimethalin at different growth stages and rates. In NJ, MA, and WI, pendimethalin was applied at 800 (X) or 1,600 (1X) g ha-1 on cranberry vines at the spring dormant (SD) or cabbage head (CH) phenological stages. Applications were either chemigated (MA) or boom-applied (NJ, WI). Additional NJ treatments included 1/2X and 1X applications at the rough neck (RN) stage and split-application at X at CH and RN stage. In OR, pendimethalin was chemigated or boom-applied at 1,600 (1X) or 3,200 (2X) g ha-1 on cranberry vines at SD or CH stage. In MA and NJ, pendimethalin did not affect development of cranberry uprights but decreased yield by 25% when applied at the 1X rate at the CH stage, as compared to untreated control or applications at the SD stage. Lower cranberry tolerance at later growth stage was shown in NJ with 56% and 70% yield reduction following pendimethalin applied at the RN stage at the X and 1X rate. Cranberry vine stunting was 12% 28 DAT with RN application at the 1X rate. In OR, all applications at the CH stage reduced fruit yield 66% to 99%, regardless of pendimethalin rate or spray volume. The 1X rate chemigated at the SD stage was the only treatment not affected by yield reduction. Greater injury 70 DAT was noted with applications made at the CH (34%) than at the SD (6%) stage, and at the 2X (27% than at the 1X (13%) rate. To a lesser extent, similar effect of rate and timing of application was noted again 100 DAT when boom-applied pendimethalin showed greater injury (16%) than chemigation (8%).

 

 

 

Reducing Herbicide Inputs in Plasticulture Peppers Using Spring-seeded Grass Cover Crops. Dwayne D. Joseph1, Thierry E. Besancon*2, Cerruti Rr Hooks3, Alan W. Leslie3, Kurt M. Vollmer4; 1University of Maryland, Chestertown, MD, 2Rutgers University, Chatsworth, NJ, 3University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 4University of Maryland, Queenstown, MD (367)

The objective of this study was to evaluate the use of spring-seeded grass cover crops as an integrated weed management approach in a bell pepper plasticulture system. The study was conducted in 2021 and 2022 at the Central Maryland Research and Education Center in Upper Marlboro, MD and was arranged in a split-plot factorial design with four replications. Factor A (cover crop termination) consisted of clethodim, paraquat or no herbicide/roller-crimped. Factor B (cover crop) consisted of: 1) cereal rye (Secale cereale), 2) spring oats (Avena sativa), 3) cereal rye + spring oats, or 4) no cover crop. Factor C (residual herbicide) consisted of a residual herbicide (s-metolachlor + fomesafen) or no residual application. Cover crops were seeded in the bare-ground area between plastic rows approximately 7 weeks before the peppers were transplanted and terminated 4 weeks after transplanting. Plots were evaluated for weed control and density, and crop yield. Cover crop presence, termination method and residual herbicide application influenced weed control and density. All cover crop plantings significantly increased overall weed control compared to no cover crop. In 2021, the oats treatment was the best with 94, 74, 60 and 55% weed control 1, 3, 5 and 8 weeks after cover crop termination (WATerm), respectively. Whereas, rye was the most effective treatment in 2002 with 95, 83 and 55% weed control 1, 3 and 5 WATerm, respectively. Plots terminated with paraquat showed significantly better weed control compared to clethodim and roller-crimped plots. Similarly, plots that received a residual herbicide application had significantly less weeds than plots without a residual. Cover crop treatments had significantly greater pepper yield than the no cover crop treatment. In 2021, the highest yielding treatment was rye + oats with 93% more yield than the no cover treatment. In 2022, the rye treatment was the highest yielding with 79% more pepper yield than the no cover crop treatment.

 

 

 

Can Vegetable Crop Seed Treatments Enhance Competitiveness with Weeds? Jed Colquhoun*, Jacklyn Slivicke, Emma Schmidt; University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI (368)

 

Integrating Spring-seeded Grass Cover Crops for Weed Management in Cucurbit Production. Kurt M. Vollmer*1, Thierry E. Besancon2, Alan W. Leslie3, Dwayne D. Joseph4, Cerruti Rr Hooks3; 1University of Maryland, Queenstown, MD, 2Rutgers University, Chatsworth, NJ, 3University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 4University of Maryland, Chestertown, MD (369)

Row-middle weed control in plasticulture vegetable production is becoming increasingly difficult due to a lack of effective herbicides, a need for multiple cultivations, or hand labor. Alternative solutions that integrate multiple weed control tactics are needed to address these issues. One solution is to use cover crops to aid in weed suppression along with an effective herbicide program. Studies were conducted in 2021 and 2022 to assess the effects of integrating spring-seeded grass cover crops with herbicide treatments for weed control in cucumber and watermelon. The study consisted of a three-factor factorial arranged in a split-split plot design with four replications. The whole plot consisted of cover crop management method (clethodim, paraquat, no-herbicide/rolled). Subplots consisted of cover crop species (cereal rye, spring oats, cereal rye + spring oats, no cover crop), and sub-subplots consisted of residual herbicide treatment (fomesafen + S-metolachlor) or no residual herbicide treatment. Prior to termination, cover crops alone reduced weed density 41% in the cucumber trials and 90% in the watermelon trials. At least 4 weeks into the growing season, terminated cover crops continued to reduce weed density by 56% and weed biomass by 58% in the cucumber studies, and weed density by 46% and weed biomass by 86% in the watermelon trials. Treatments that contained a cover crop terminated with paraquat showed the highest overall weed control in both the cucumber (95%) and watermelon studies (87%). Treatments that included a cover crop had 48% higher cucumber yields compared to no cover treatment regardless of cover crop management. Treatments with cereal rye or spring oats had 36% higher watermelon yields compared to cereal rye + spring oats and no cover crop, and 19% higher yields when cover crops were managed with paraquat. These results show that spring seeded grass cover crops can successfully be integrated with effective herbicide programs for improved weed control between plastic beds.

 

 

 

Flumioxazin Application Rate and Timing for Improved Crop Safety While Maintaining Efficacy in Potato. Harlene M. Hatterman-Valenti*, Collin Auwarter, Avery Shikanai; North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND (370)

Most nightshade species are alternate hosts for insects and diseases that attack potatoes such as Colorado potato beetle and late blight. Eastern black nightshade (Solanum ptycanthum Dun.) has been recognized by growers as one of their worst weed problems. Flumioxazin provides excellent control of nightshades but has been shown to also cause injury to potato. The label restricts its use in potato to only 25 states that includes North Dakota to alleviate most of the potential potato injury. The label further restricts and limits the herbicide application timing and states: Many weather-related factors, including high wind, splashing or heavy rains or cool conditions at or near potato emergence, may result in potato injury in fields treated with Chateau EZ Herbicide. On occasion this has resulted in a delay in maturity. Understand and accept these risks before using Chateau EZ Herbicide. Furthermore, the label states: In areas with historically higher amounts of rainfall during the time of preemergence herbicide applications, including the Red River Valley, Minnesota and North Dakota, the requirement for 2 inches of settled soil is critical to avoid crop injury. The objective was to determine the effect of flumioxazin application rate and timing on weed control and potato safety under irrigation. Treatments included the labeled use rate and half that rate at three application timings: two days after planting (DAP) and no hilling, after regular hilling (9 DAP), hilling 2 DAP and then applying, and then various application timings of flumioxazin and the combination product of metribuzin + metolachlor along with a standard of metribuzin + metolachlor after regular hilling. Results indicated that none of the treatments caused >20% visible potato injury and all treatments provided >85% control of grass and broadleaf annual weeds even though plots treated with 0.5X or 1X flumioxazin and no hilling provided greater potato injury and less weed control. Total, marketable and grade yield differences indicated that plots treated with 0.5X or 1X flumioxazin without hilling had the lowest yields while plots treated with 1X flumioxazin no hilling followed by 0.5X metribuzin + metolachlor after regular hilling, plots treated with 1X flumioxazin after an early hilling followed by 0.5X metribuzin + metolachlor after regular hilling, or plots treated with 0.5X or 1X flumioxazin after early hilling had the greatest yields. Yield and grade differences were attributed to the number of tubers produced and tuber size. Overall, the research suggested several application rate and timing combinations that resulted in a 3-6% increase in marketable yields when compared to the standard practice. Research also reinforced the need to have at least 2 of settled soil as the no hilling treatments resulted in a 13-21% decrease in marketable yields when compared to the standard practice.

 

 

 

An Update on NY Research in Snap Beans, Table Beets, and Carrots. Lynn M. Sosnoskie*, Elizabeth C. Maloney; Cornell University, Geneva, NY (371)

New York (NY) state is ranked 9th in the US in the production of fresh market and processing vegetables including carrots (Daucus carota), table beets (Beta vulgaris), and snap beans (Phaseolus vulgaris). To maintain yield quantity and quality, growers must manage weeds that are direct competitors with crops for water, nutrients, and light. Weed control is also imperative as unwanted vegetation can (1) serve as alternate hosts for insect pests and pathogens, (2) alter microclimates around the crop, which may facilitate disease development, (3) interfere with the deposition of crop protective chemicals, and (4) reduce harvest efficiency. Because of slow and variable emergence and growth, carrots do not compete well with many weed species. In addition to reducing yields, weeds can impact crop quality as roots can become misshapen in response to interference. A reliance on linuron has resulted in the subsequent development of resistant weeds. The long-term utility of linuron is further threatened by regulatory action, which necessitates the identification of additional weed control options. 2022 trials focused on evaluating acifluorfen (as Ultrablazer at 94 ml/ha) in May-planted, muck carrots ('Siroco' at the 2-4 leaf and 6-8 leaf crop growth stages) for summer broadleaf (primarily linuron-resistant Amaranthus powellii) weed control. Acifluorfen recently received emergency registration in Ontario for weed control in carrots. Averaged across developmental stages, acifluorfen injury was minor to carrots (maximum 11% leaf bronzing); significant pigweed control, relative to an untreated check, was observed both in the field and in the greenhouse. 2023 trials will further evaluate the potential for use of acifluorfen in US carrot production. Oxyfluorfen (as GoalTender at 1.17 l/ha) and pyridate (as Tough EC at 0.5 l/ha) were also evaluated for pigweed control, although both were injurious to the crop under trial conditions. Table beets are not competitive with weeds, especially early in the growing season. As such, the crop must be intensively managed to prevent against losses to yield quantity and quality. Few herbicides are available for use in beets, and many are rated fair to poor for the control of many species including pigweeds, lambsquarters (Chenopodium album), nightshades (Solanum spp.), velvetleaf (Abutilon theophrasti), and ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia). Consequently, novel herbicide tools are desperately needed. Acetolchlor, which is the active ingredient in the herbicide Warrant, is commonly applied for pre-emergence weed control in corn. Warrant can also be used in sugar beets. According to label recommendations, Warrant can be applied to sugar beets at 2.9 to 4.7 l/ha (depending on soil type) between the 2 leaf and 8 leaf (4 leaf is optimum) growth stages to extend residual weed control. 2022 trials evaluated 'Ruby Queen' beet safety to Warrant applied at 0, 2.34, 4.68, 9.36, and 18.7 l/ha to beets at the 2-4 and 6-8 leaf growth stages. Stunting was observed for all treatments with the greatest responses occurring at the 9.36 and 18.7 l/ha rates. Stunting responses were higher for plants treated at the 6-8 leaf stage (up to 20%) as compared to the 2-4 leaf stage (up to 12.5%). This injury was transient, and no stunting was observed at the time of harvest. Leaf distortion was also observed for all treatments, with the greatest amount of injury occurring at the 9.36 and 18.7 l/ha treatments, particularly for the 6-8 leaf growth stage (up to 33.8%). Despite the observed injury, marketable (USDA Grade 1) beet numbers and weights, and weights per beet did not differ significantly from the untreated check. Because of the crop's short stature and the comparatively short window between planting and harvest, season-long weed control is necessary to maximize snap bean production. Weeds that compete with the crop can also reduce harvest efficiency, harbor pests and pathogens, and interfere with the deposition of other pesticides. Herbicide options are limited in snap beans with respect to 1) spectrums of control and 2) use patterns/rotation restrictions. The evolution of bentazon resistance in snap beans has reduced the utility of an important herbicide tool for weed management in the crop. In 2022, a trial was conducted at Cornell, Penn State, and the University of Delaware to evaluate the safety of pyridate (as Tough EC) in snap beans; pyridate is registered for use in chickpeas/garbanzo beans and has been/is being evaluated in lentils, peanuts, and peas. Preliminary results indicate that pyridate applied at the first trifoliate may not be an effective tool for use in snap beans; observed injury was substantial (up to 41% chlorosis/necrosis and 48% stunting) and marketable yields (USDA Grade 1) were reduced 15% to 35% relative to the untreated check. Pyridate is rated as an effective tool for the control of common lambsquarters although the safety of the chemical does not appear to be sufficient for possible use in snap beans.

 

 

 

Evaluating In-season Management Strategies for Branched Broomrape Control in California Processing Tomatoes. Matthew Fatino*, Bradley D. Hanson; University of California, Davis, Davis, CA (372)

Recent detections of branched broomrape (Phelipanche ramosa) in California tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) fields have led to increased interest in management strategies to control this regulated noxious weed. Broomrapes (Phelipanche spp. and Orobanche spp.) are parasitic weeds that pose a significant risk to the processing tomato industry for several reasons: California's Mediterranean climate is similar to that of branched broomrape's native range, California agronomic practices (wide variety of host species cultivated, successive tomato crops, shared equipment) make the proliferation and spread of broomrape within and among fields highly likely, and broomrape's phenological development makes it difficult to monitor and inaccessible to conventional weed control practices. In addition, California's regulatory environment make soil fumigation difficult, while branched broomrape's regulatory status as quarantine pest does not incentivize accurate reporting.A study was conducted in 2022 to evaluate broomrape control with several herbicide programs based on the PICKIT decision support system developed in Israel for Egyptian broomrape control. These programs included chemigated imazamox and rimsulfuron alone and paired with preplant incorporated sulfosulfuron, as well as foliar rimsulfuron alone. Additionally, a planting date experiment was nested within this trial. This trial was conducted in a commercial tomato field heavily infested with branched broomrape in Yolo County, CA.There was significant broomrape emergence throughout the trial and there were differences among treatments. In general, chemigated treatments had lower broomrape emergence than non-chemigated or control treatments. Chemigated imazamox at all rates and timings resulted in severe injury on tomatoes. Chemigated rimsulfuron alone and paired with sulfosulfuron were safe on tomatoes and tended to have lower broomrape emergence than control treatments. The late planted treatment (May 20) tended to have lower broomrape emergence than the control treatment (May 3), and although more work will need to be done to quantify the effects of planting date on broomrape parasitism, it is a promising first step. Given the injury from imazamox in this experiment, the best treatment was chemigated rimsulfuron paired with preplant incorporated sulfosulfuron. This is very promising considering the recent CDPR approval of a 24c label for chemigated rimsulfuron which means that growers with suspected or at-risk fields can use this treatment protocol during the 2023 season. Further research will need to be conducted to quantify and understand imazamox injury before it can be recommended for registration for broomrape management.

 

 

 

Weed Control and Hazelnut (Corylus avellana L.) Tolerance with Tiafenacil. Joshua W. Miranda*, Marcelo L. Moretti; Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR (373)

Herbicide–resistant Italian ryegrass (Lolium perenne L. ssp. multiflorum) is a significant problem for hazelnut production because of its increased management costs and fewer herbicide options. Tiafenacil is a new protoporphyrinogen IX oxidase (PPO)–inhibiting herbicide on the market with activity against grass and broadleaf weeds. Given that no resistance to PPO–inhibiting herbicides has been reported in any weed in the western US, tiafenacil could be a valuable tool for Oregon's hazelnut industry. Field studies were conducted in commercial hazelnut orchards during 2021 and 2022 to evaluate tiafenacil efficacy against Italian ryegrass and prostrate knotweed (Polygonum aviculare L.), as well as hazelnut tolerance to tiafenacil. In the 2021 study, tiafenacil at 50, 75, or 150 g ai ha–1 reduced weed biomass by 62 to 79 % and was the most efficacious of all tested treatments compared to a nontreated control. Weed biomass reduction with tiafenacil (50 to 150 g ai ha–1) was comparable to glufosinate (1,150 g ai ha–1), and the combinations of tiafenacil (50 g ai ha–1) with clethodim (135 g ai ha–1), 2,4–D (1,060 g ai ha–1), glufosinate, and tolpyralate (40 g ai ha–1). Tiafenacil combined with clethodim or glufosinate provided the greatest Italian ryegrass control (91–94%). In the 2022 study, tiafenacil (50 g ai ha–1) exerted the lowest Italian ryegrass control (22%) and biomass reduction (18%), while glufosinate (1,150 g ai ha–1) and the combination of tiafenacil with glufosinate exerted the greatest Italian ryegrass control (55–68%) and biomass reduction (24–55%). Tiafenacil plus glufosinate reduced Italian ryegrass inflorescence weight by 87%, and was significantly better than glufosinate, which reduced inflorescence weight by 70% or tiafenacil alone (54% reduction). In a separate 2022 study, tiafenacil at 12.5, 25, or 50 g ai ha–1 controlled 80–100% of prostrate knotweed at 14 DAT compared to only 45% control with carfentrazone. Prostrate knotweed regrowth in most treatments by 35 DAT indicated a decline in control, except that glufosinate and glufosinate plus tiafenacil (50 g ai ha–1) exerted >90% control over prostrate knotweed at 35 DAT. The first year of crop tolerance studies indicates that four basal–directed applications of tiafenacil 50 to 200 g ai ha–1 each do not injure young hazelnut trees, affect tree growth nor yield. Tiafenacil also effectively controlled hazelnut suckers. These results suggest that tiafenacil is an effective herbicide to manage Italian ryegrass in hazelnut orchards, aiding resistance management and it is safe to hazelnuts.Email: josh.miranda@oregonstate.edu.

 

 

 

Speculations on Weed Management and Herbicide Use Under Agrivoltaic Panels in Cranberry Production. Hilary A. Sandler*1, Giverson Mupambi2, Dwayne Breger3, Samantha Glaze-Corcoran4; 1UMass Cranberry Station, East Wareham, MA, 2University of Massachusetts Amherst / Cranberry Station, East Wareham, MA, 3UMass Clean Energy Extension, Amherst, MA, 4University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (374)

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) launched the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program in 2018. It was created to financially incentivize the co-location of solar photovoltaics (PV) and farming; these ag-solar systems are termed agrivoltaic or dual-use. Research to investigate the potential impacts on yield and pest issues for specialty crops, such as cranberry, growing under solar panels is underway in MA, largely supported by recent grant funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office[1]. Study of dual-use solar on grazing and hay is also part of the study. The construction of an agri-photovoltaic (APV) system involves the insertion of poles (typically steel) in an array over the cranberry production area. APV arrays can have panels that are fixed-tilt or in an articulating tracking system. As per MA DOER regulations, the solar panels are situated on the poles at a height of approximately 3 m (10 ft). Typical spacing between rows is approximately 6.5 m (21 ft). The presence of the solar panels will increase the duration and intensity of shading that the crop and weeds experience on a daily and seasonal basis. Although previous research has generated data on short-term shading of cranberry vines during the season, this project will be the first to produce multi-year, season-long environmental, yield, and pest management data. Since cranberries are a perennial crop, the weeds commonly found in the production system are also perennial plants, such as poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans), poverty grass (Andropogon virginicum and Schizachyrium scoparia), moss (Polytrichum spp.), dewberry (Rubus spp.), and yellow loosestrife (Lysmachia terrestris). These plants, including cranberry, generally have low-light saturation points and should be able to tolerate periodic shading. As such, it is presumed that the suite of weed populations that occur in conventional cranberry production systems will continue to be problematic under dual-use solar. Application technology (e.g., chemigation, boom sprayers, and wick applicators) is a mainstay of weed management in cranberry production. The development of new use-pattern recommendations for weed management under APV will be a high priority. The presence of poles will impact the distribution patterns and efficacy of chemigated (e.g., delivery by low-statured, solid-set sprinkler heads) herbicides. Managing weeds at the base of the poles may require extra labor input. We anticipate that, in addition to shading impacts on general weed physicology, the overall weed suite may shift to favor shade-tolerate weeds. Growers will need to utilize/retrofit boom sprayers to fit between the rows of poles and increase the deployment of targeted weeding (especially around the poles). We speculate that the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for PRE and POST herbicides will develop into an efficient mode of delivery for crops growing under APV. Unique herbicide rigs have been built by cranberry growers for use within this specialized cropping system; continued reliance on innovation from within the industry will be important to secure long-term weed management success. hsandler@umass.edu [1] This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) under the Solar Energy Technologies Office, Award Number DE-EE0009374.

 

 

 

Development of Sustainable Weed Management Strategies for Michigan Cherry Growers by Identify Promising New Herbicides. Sushila Chaudhari*, Christopher G. Galbraith, Monique Mose; Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI (375)

 

 

 

Weed Encroachment into a Fine Fescue Mixture Affected by Different Seeding Timings. Ross C. Braun1, Aaron J. Patton1, Eric Watkins2, Andrew B. Hollman2, James A. Murphy3, Bradley S. Park*3, Alexander R. Kowalewski4, Emily T. Braithwaite4; 1Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 2University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, 3Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 4Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR (376)

Turfgrass establishment vigor and initial growth rate can influence turfgrass competitiveness with germinating weeds. Research is lacking on best establishment practices of fine fescues (Festuca L. spp.), including optimal seeding timings. Our research objective was to determine optimal seeding timings and document weed encroachment into a fine fescue mixture seeded across multiple cool-season climate zones in the United States. A field experiment was replicated at four locations in the northern United States (Minnesota [MN], Indiana [IN], New Jersey [NJ], and Oregon [OR]). A fine fescue mixture was seeded at 200 kg pure live seed ha-1 during March through November (nine seeding timings) during 2019 into plots where glyphosate was used to maintain bare soil until seeding. Grid counts were taken to assess fine fescue cover at the termination of the study in August 2020. Weed cover was visually estimated for summer annuals (broadleaves and grasses) and perennial broadleaves in August 2020. Fine fescue cover was greatest in plots seeded in August and September at all four locations. The poorest establishment was observed in March-seeded plots (OR) and March- and April-seeded plots (MN, IN, and NJ). Weed encroachment varied depending on the specific weed, weed life cycle, weed seedbank at the site, and seeding time of year. Summer annual weed cover was greatest in plots seeded in March and April (NJ and IN) and October (NJ and MN). Summer annual weed encroachment was not observed at the OR site. Perennial broadleaf cover was greatest (> 30% plot cover) in March-seeded plots (MN, NJ, and OR). Perennial broadleaf cover at the IN location did not exceed 2% for any seeding timing in August 2020. Seeding a fine fescue mixture in August or September will increase probability of establishment success with less weed encroachment in cool-season climate zones in the United States with a wider seeding window in Mediterranean climates.

 

 

 

Influence of Mowing Heights and Post-treatment Irrigation on Annual Bluegrass Control with Methiozolin. John M. Peppers*, Shawn Askew; Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (377)

Methiozolin is a newly registered herbicide for annual bluegrass control that offers high levels of safety as well as both PRE and POST weed control. The methiozolin label indicates that a higher rate is required to effectively control annual bluegrass at mowing heights greater than that typical of golf course putting greens. Additionally, the herbicide label recommends post-application irrigation for effective annual bluegrass control that is difficult to timely administer due to demands of golf play. Previous research has reported excellent annual bluegrass control by methiozolin on golf greens without post-treatment irrigation, suggesting that an evaluation of irrigation impacts on product performance is needed. Mowing height restrictions are based on observations between separate studies that suggest annual bluegrass control by a given rate of methiozolin is inversely related to mowing height, but this phenomenon has not been tested in replicated research. Since methiozolin translocates acropetally, root absorption maximizes weed control, and may be hindered by the vegetative density of higher-height turf. Thus, the need for and quantity of irrigation may likewise be dependent on turf height. The objective of this research was to determine the effect of mowing height and post-application irrigation on annual bluegrass control with methiozolin. Two field studies were initiated at the Glade Road Research Facility in Blacksburg, VA on creeping bentgrass and Kentucky bluegrass research fairways. Trials were arranged in a split-plot design, with three mowing heights (3.8, 7.6, and 15.2 mm) as main plots. Subplots were arranged as a four by two factorial with four levels of methiozolin rate (500, 1000, 2000, and 4000 g ai ha-1) and two levels of post-application irrigation (0 and 12mm). Herbicides were applied twice biweekly in late fall and annual bluegrass control was evaluated in the following spring. Annual bluegrass control was assessed via grid count at the conclusion of the trial ~May 1. Rate-dependent effects of methiozolin on annual bluegrass control were subjected to linear regression and regression parameters were used to calculate the methiozolin rate required to control annual bluegrass 90% (I90). Resulting I90 values were subjected to ANOVA with sums of squares partitioned to account for the split plot design and trial effects. Annual bluegrass control was highly dependent on mowing height but not dependent on irrigation. I90 values of annual bluegrass maintained at 3.8, 7.6, and 15.2mm were 864, 1396 and 1779 g ai ha-1, respectively. Although there were numerical differences that indicated that post application irrigation may increase annual bluegrass control in higher-mown turf, these trends could not be separated with our study design. Results from this study support product label recommendations regarding increased use rates with higher heights of cut, but can't confirm the need for post-application irrigation to achieve optimal annual bluegrass control.

 

 

 

Seedbank Persistence of Annual Bluegrass (Poa annua L.) Across Multiple Climatic Zones in the United States. Andrew W. Osburn*, Muthukumar V. Bagavathiannan; Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (378)

Annual bluegrass is one of the most common and troublesome weeds found in turfgrass systems, greatly increasing management costs and decreasing aesthetic value. This species not only occurs during the cool-season, but can also exhibit perennial characteristics, extending growth well into the summer in several environments. Annual bluegrass is a prolific seed producer and establishes a soil seedbank from which it recruits annually. Understanding the seedbank longevity of this species is vital for developing effective management strategies. To this end, a study was conducted between the Fall seasons of 2020 and 2022 in seven locations across the U.S. along a climatic gradient encompassing five USDA plant hardiness zones. Annual bluegrass seed originating from 10 unique populations were placed in polyethylene mesh bags and buried in each of these seven locations at two depths: 0 (surface) and 5 cm. At six-month intervals (for up to 18 months), bags containing the seed of each population were retrieved from each depth and shipped to College Station, TX for conducting germination and viability tests on the extracted seed. Germination and viability assays were conducted in tandem for the seed kept in dry storage for comparison. There were differences in the longevity of seed viability among the seed origins during the 18-month retrieval, where annual bluegrass populations originating from the northern locations appeared to retain greater viability than those from the southern locations. At the 18-month retrieval, the greatest viability (24.8%) was observed with the seed originating from New Jersey (zone 7a), whereas the lowest viability (1.0%) was documented for the seed collected from Alabama (zone 8a). A high degree of seed viability was maintained in the dry storage treatment, indicating the strong influence of field environmental conditions on annual bluegrass seed viability loss. Overall, our findings indicate a relatively short (~one year) seedbank persistence of annual bluegrass, which presents opportunities for targeting soil seedbank through appropriate management practices.

 

 

 

Weed Control in Christmas Trees with Fluridone. Marcelo L. Moretti*; Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR (379)

Oregon leads the United States in producing Christmas trees, with almost 8.5 million trees sold in 2015. Herbicides are the primary weed management strategy for Christmas tree growers, who need an increased diversity of herbicide modes of action to manage weeds and mitigate herbicide resistance selection. The present study evaluated the efficacy and crop tolerance of fluridone alone or in combination with herbicides labeled for Christmas trees. Four field studies were initiated in the winter of 2022 in commercial Christmas tree farms in Western Oregon, two sites producing Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), and two producing Nordman fir (Abies nordmanniana) in their second year after transplanting. All treatments were applied over the top of the trees. No crop injury was observed with fluridone at 450 or 900 g ai ha-1 up to 180 days after treatment (DAT). Treatments did not affect the growth of leader shoots, but growth was affected by species and experimental sites averaging between 17 to 33 cm in Douglas fir and 7 to 17 cm in Nordman fir. Fluridone (450 g ai ha-1) controlled 58% of rattail fescue (Vulpia muyros), and it did not control false dandelion (Hypochaeris radicata) (28%) at 120 DAT. Control exerted by fluridone did not differ from the simazine plus oxyfluorfen, the standard treatment. Fluridone mixed with simazine plus oxyfluorfen improved control of false dandelion (73%) and rattail fescue (93%). Fluridone did not affect the efficacy of indaziflam, flumioxazin, or flazasulfuron compared to these herbicides used alone. Results indicate that fluridone is safe for both Douglas fir and Nordman fir applied over-the-top in the dormant season and that fluridone can improve the control of important broadleaf and grassy weeds when mixed with simazine and oxyfluorfen. This ongoing research will evaluate Christmas tree response to repeated fluridone treatments.

 

 

 

Factors Associated with the Exposure of Sub-canopy Stolons and Shoots to Herbicides in Dormant Zoysiagrass. Shawn Askew*, Jordan M. Craft, Clebson G. Goncalves; Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (380)

Zoysiagrass can be treated with nonselective herbicides during winter dormancy, but such treatments often cause turf injury that varies from year to year. Several studies were conducted to show that ambient temperatures, at and following treatment, impact zoysiagrass response to glyphosate and glufosinate by increasing speed of herbicidal activity and zoysiagrass green shoot density. The question still remains why injury is sometimes observed following treatments to dormant turf that doesn't have any green leaves visible among the canopy. It was noted that zoysiagrass will have some subcanopy green leaf portions and stolons regardless of the level of dormancy or severity of winter temperatures. We hypothesized that green leaves or stolons that subtend dormant, brown shoots may absorb glyphosate or glufosinate, yet herbicide absorption into zoysiagrass stolons has not been previously reported. We also hypothesized that spray droplets will penetrate zoysiagrass canopies more when droplet size, droplet velocity, and application volume is increased. At 3 d after treatment, Zoysiagrass absorbed radiolabeled glyphosate and glufosinate 25 and 56%, respectively, through treated leaves and 80 and 78%, respectively, through treated stolons. Increased glufosinate absorption through zoysiagrass leaves may partially explain increased zoysiagrass injury caused by glufosinate compared to glyphosate. High absorption rates of both herbicides by zoysiagrass stolons suggest that stolon exposure within the canopy may contribute to herbicide-induced plant response. Spray droplet velocities ranged from <5 to >20 m sec-1 and were nonlinearly related to droplet diameter and dependent on pressure, boom height, and spray tip. Droplet velocities from air induction spray tips were generally less dependent on pressure and slower at a given droplet diameter than that of flat fan spray tips, which were highly dependent on pressure. At a boom height of 25 cm, 17 to 18% of recovered colorant reached the bottom third of dormant zoysiagrass canopies with no difference between spray tips or pressure. When the boom height was increased to 61 cm above the turf, 19% of colorant from air induction spray tips penetrated to the bottom canopy level and significantly more than that of flat fan spray tips (11%). Although significant, this difference in penetration could likely be improved further by manipulating application volume. Additional work determined that flat fan spray tips applying several volumes between 47 and 470 L ha-1 delivered 2% more colorant and twice as many droplets to the lower half of dormant zoysiagrass canopies for each 94 L ha-1 increase in spray volume. Thus, applying herbicide to dormant zoysiagrass at 47 L ha-1 (5 GPA) will deliver 10% less product and, more importantly, ten times less droplets compared to a more conventional 470 L ha-1 (50 GPA).

 

 

 

Common Ragweed Control in Southern Appalachian Fraser Fir Christmas Tree Production. Joe C. Neal*1, Christopher D. Harlow1, Jeff Owen2, Brad Edwards3; 1North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 2North Carolina State Univeristy, Raleigh, NC, 3North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Jefferson, NC (381)

Herbicide-tolerant common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) populations have increased in Southern Appalachian Fraser fir Christmas tree production fields. In this production region, growers are encouraged to maintain 100% vegetated ground cover to prevent erosion and insulate Fraser fir tree roots from high soil temperatures in the summer. The preferred ground cover is dominated by white cover (Trifolium repens). However, control options for common ragweed that do not damage white clover are lacking. On-farm experiments were conducted to assess preemergence and postemergence herbicide efficacy on common ragweed and safety to Fraser fir and white clover ground cover. Herbicide treatments included products reported to have efficacy on ragweed or related species in other cropping systems, as well as products reported to be safe on white clover but with unknown efficacy on ragweed. PRE and POST experiments were conducted on two Christmas tree farms in Alleghany County NC, each with a history of heavy ragweed populations. Preemergence herbicides were applied on March 15 or March 16, 2022. Postemergence herbicides were applied on May 24 or May 25, 2022, when ragweed seedlings were 2 to 4 inches tall and Fraser fir trees had 1 to 4 inches of new growth. Herbicides were applied with a CO2-pressurized sprayer using drift-reduction TTI 11002 nozzles and calibrated to deliver 15 GPA. All treatments were applied as semi-directed sprays contacting the lower 12 to 18 inches of the Fraser fir trees. Percent ragweed control, as well as injury to Fraser fir trees and white clover ground cover, were visually evaluated. Simazine + pendimethalin provided preemergence control of ragweed at both sites, but this treatment was the most injurious to clover cover. Flumioxazin, indaziflam and oxyfluorfen were each effective at one of the two test sites and did not reduce clover cover. Neither pendimethalin, rimsulfuron, nor flumetsulam controlled ragweed, nor did they injure white clover or Fraser fir. Thus, these three herbicides may have utility for other target weeds. Clopyralid, glufosinate, flumioxazin, and topramezone each controlled ragweed POST but caused unacceptable injury to white clover. Glufosinate and flumioxazin also caused necrosis on Fraser fir branches contacted by the spray. Glyphosate, rimsulfuron, bentazon, and oxyfluorfen did not control ragweed postemergently. Cloransulam @ 0.3 oz/A provided about 50% reduction in ragweed. Where white clover cover is well established, preemergence applications of indaziflam, oxyfluorfen, or flumioxazin may provide control, but results were variable between the two test sites. No POST herbicide tested provided adequate control of ragweed without injury to clover and/or Fraser fir trees. Where maintenance of white clover ground cover is not a management goal, clopyralid or topramezone may be used to control emerged ragweed.

 

 

 

Impact of Temperature on Germination and Growth of Japanese Stiltgrass [Microstegium vimineum (Trin.) A. Camus]. Jeffrey Derr*1, Aman Rana2; 1Virginia Tech, Virginia Beach, VA, 2Virginia Tech HRAREC, Virginia Beach, VA (382)

Impact of Temperature on Germination and Growth of Japanese Stiltgrass [Microstegium vimineum (Trin.) A. Camus]. Jeffrey Derr and Aman Rana Japanese stiltgrass is an invasive summer annual grass native to Asia that grows well in shade, especially in moist sites. It is a weed of turf and landscape ornamentals, as well as in noncrop areas. Japanese stiltgrass has been observed to germinate in early spring prior to southern crabgrass [Digitaria ciliaris (Retz.) Koeler]. Information is needed on the temperature needed for Japanese stiltgrass germination, as well as to its tolerance to cold temperatures after emergence. Growth chamber experiments were conducted to address these questions. Germination of Japanese stiltgrass and southern crabgrass was evaluated at 0, 5 and 10 C. There was no germination of Japanese stiltgrass or southern crabgrass at 0 C at 3 weeks after seeding. Japanese stiltgrass germinated at both 5 and 10 C while southern crabgrass germinated at 10 but not at 5 C. Tolerance of 10-cm-tall plants for the two species was evaluated at -5, 0, and 5 C. Different sets of emerged plants were subjected to these temperatures for 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, or 11 days. Neither species survived when exposed to 1 or more days at -5 C. Japanese stiltgrass growth was stunted but plants survived when exposed up to 9 days at 0 C. All southern crabgrass plants died when exposed to 3 or more days at 0 C. Japanese stiltgrass can germinate at lower temperatures than southern crabgrass and emerged Japanese stiltgrass plants can tolerate colder temperatures than southern crabgrass. These findings have implications for the timing of control strategies, including application of preemergence and postemergence herbicides.

 

 

 

Investigating the Genetic Relatedness of Herbicide Resistant Poa annua Populations. Claudia A. Rutland*1, Joseph S. McElroy2, Jinesh Patel2; 1Auburn University Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences, Auburn, AL, 2Auburn University, Auburn, AL (383)

Poa annua L. (annual bluegrass) is a ubiquitous weed species that has commonly been identified as one of the worst weeds to control in turfgrass systems. The increasing numbers of herbicide resistant populations is a major contributor to the difficulties faced in managing P. annua. With reported resistance to now 12 modes of action, the need to understand how to manage P. annua is at an all time high. Understanding how herbicide resistance is actually spread in P. annua could allow us to update our current management practices. Thus, a population study focusing on the genetic relatedness between resistant P. annua populations was conducted in order to ascertain how these populations were acquiring resistance traits. A selection of 144 individuals resistant to ALS, EPSPS, a-tubulin, and photosystem II herbicides were collected across the southeastern United States to analyze if there was a significant difference between populations. SSR markers were used to produce polymorphic bands, which were scored and used to determine population structure using STRUCTURE. The analysis resulted in a population structure of k=5, with seemingly no correlation between location or resistance type. This begs the question, how are these populations related, and what else do we need in order to understand how herbicide resistance is spread?

 

 

 

Evaluation of Goosegrass (Eleusine indica) Populations Suspected Resistant to Revolver and Dismiss. Bridgette C. Johnson*, Joseph S. McElroy; Auburn University, Auburn, AL (384)

Forty-one goosegrass biotypes from golf courses and country clubs throughout the United States that historically have been treated with foramsulfuron and sulfentrazone were suspected of herbicide resistance. Putative foramsulfuron resistant goosegrass populations were from Grand National Golf Course, Opelika, AL (R-R1)(R- R3), and Waiehu Golf Course, Maui County, Wailuku, HI (R-R2). Estimated sulfentrazone-resistant goosegrass populations were from Grand National Golf Course, Opelika, AL(D-R1), Paris Mountain Country Club, Greenville, SC (D-R2). Resistance was determined by visual injury ratings of plant response to the standard rate of foramsulfuron (28.89 g ai/ha) and sulfentrazone (279.63 g ai/ha) compared to a susceptible standard (PBU). Research was then conducted to assess the level of resistance of the five suspected resistant populations to increasing rates of foramsulfuron (1.81 to 115.56 g ai/ha) and sulfentrazone (26.21 to 1677.78 g ai/ha). Visual injury ratings were taken at 7, 14, 21, and 28 days after treatment (DAT) and aboveground biomass at 28 DAT. Dose-response evaluation showed that each foramsulfuron population R-R1, R-R2, R-R3 had a calculated I50 value of 0.12, 0.12, 0.09, respectively, whereas the susceptible biotype had a 0.02 I50. Each sulfentrazone population D-R1 and D-R2 had a calculated I50 of 0.11 and 0.21, respectively, whereas the susceptible biotype had a 0.03 I50. This data confirms the first E. indica biotypes found resistant to foramsulfuron and sulfentrazone in the world.

 

 

 

Pre-emergent Herbicides and Mulches in Propagation - Rooting and Growth After Transplant. Anthony L. Witcher*1, Isha Poudel2; 1Tennessee State University, Mcminnville, TN, 2University of Tennessee, Jackson, TN (385)

Weeds are a major problem in container-grown nursery crops and weed infestation issues commonly originate during propagation. Due to the smaller container sizes used during propagation, there is more competition for resources such as light, nutrients, and space. Manually removing weeds is a time consuming and costly process due to the amount of labor required. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of pre-emergent herbicides and mulches on rooting of stem cuttings and growth after transplant. In April 2020, containers (16.1 cm diameter square) were filled with a 100% pine bark substrate and placed under intermittent mist until saturated. Pre-emergent herbicides (granular formulation - indaziflam, isoxaben + dithiopyr, oxyfluorfen + oxadiazon; sprayable formulation - isoxaben) and mulches (1.3 cm depth; pine pellets and rice hulls) were applied, then cuttings (1 per container) of butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii 'Nanho Blue') and crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba') were inserted into each container. After rooting, 17 cuttings were harvested while 8 cuttings were transplanted to 2.4 L containers and grown for 2 (butterfly bush) or 3 (crape myrtle) months. Butterfly bush rooting percentage was 75% or greater for all treatments except pine pellets (68%), isoxaben + dithiopyr (36%) and isoxaben (20%). Cutting root and shoot dry weight was lowest for isoxaben compared to the non-treated control. Due to poor growth or survival in isoxaben and isoxaben + dithiopyr, those cuttings were not transplanted. After transplant, there were no differences in butterfly bush shoot growth or shoot and root dry weight for the remaining treatments compared to the non-treated control. Crape myrtle rooting percentage was 80% or greater for all treatments, while total root length and root dry weight were similar for all treatments compared to the non-treated control. After transplant, there were no differences in crape myrtle shoot growth or shoot and root dry weight. Isoxaben is not labeled for use on butterfly bush, likely causing damage during rooting. Pine pellets caused slight reductions in root biomass for butterfly bush but did not affect crape myrtle. Pre-emergent herbicides and mulches may be viable options for weed control during cutting propagation, but products must be tested on individual plant species to verify crop safety.

 

 

 

Florpyrauxifen-benzyl Resistance in Barnyardgrass (Echinochloa crus-galli) Evolved Prior to the Commercialization of LoyantTM. Hudson K. Takano*, Scott Greenwalt, David Ouse, Moriah Zielinski, Paul Schmitzer; Corteva Agriscience, Indianapolis, IN (386)

Herbicide options for selective control of monocot weeds in rice have always been limited to a few modes of action such as inhibitors of acetolactate synthase (e.g. penoxsulam). Florpyrauxifen-benzyl (Loyant, Rinskor ActiveTM) is a synthetic auxin molecule introduced to the US rice herbicide market in 2018. It provides broad spectrum of weed control including hard-to-control species such as barnyargrass (Echinochloa crus-galli), along with excellent post-emergence rice selectivity at very low use rates. Within a couple of years following its commercialization, field agronomists and academics identified barnyargrass escapes in some areas where Rinskor had been sprayed. Further evaluation under controlled environments confirmed that those plants were able to survive Rinskor application at the label rate. Here, we identify the mechanism of resistance to Rinskor and penoxsulam in two barnyargrass populations from Arkansas (AR-27) and Missouri (MO-18). Using high-resolution mass spectrometry, the two resistant biotypes were compared with known susceptible plants regarding their ability to metabolize florpyrauxifen-benzyl, florpyrauxifen-acid, and penoxulam in planta. We discovered that the resistant plants share a common resistance mechanism to Rinskor and penoxsulam, involving hydrolysis of a methoxy group (likely mediated by a cytochrome P450 monooxygenase) followed by glucose conjugation. Given that penoxsulam has been widely used in rice fields for the past decade, we believe that barnyardgrass may have evolved this resistance mechanism prior to the commercialization of Rinskor.

 

 

 

Molecular Targets of Herbicides and Insecticides - Are There Useful Overlaps? Stephen O. Duke*1, Amar G. Chittiboyina1, Thomas C. Sparks2, Daniel R. Swale3; 1University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, 2Agrilucent LLC, Greenfield, IN, 3University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (387)

New insecticide modes of action are needed for insecticide resistance management strategies. The number of molecular targets of commercial herbicides (ca. 25) is lower than that for insecticides (ca. 35), and only two of the commercial insecticide targets are found in plants. However, ten molecular targets of commercial herbicides are found in insects. For several of these commonly held targets, there are compounds that kill both plants and insects. For example, herbicidal inhibitors of p-hydroxyphenylpyruvate dioxygenase (HPPD) such as mesotrione are effective insecticides on several species of blood-fed insects, as HPPD activity is required to reduce toxic levels of tyrosine from accumulating via blood constituents. The glutamine synthetase-inhibiting herbicide glufosinate is insecticidal by the same mechanism of action of action it has as a herbicide, inhibition of glutamine synthetase. These and other examples of shared activities of commercial herbicides with insecticides through the same target site will be discussed. Compounds such as statins with a novel herbicide target (e.g., HMG CoA reductase) shared by insects that is not commercialized will also be discussed. Compounds that are both herbicidal and insecticidal can be used for insect pests not associated with crops or with crops engineered to be resistant to the compounds.

 

 

 

Glyphosate Selection Increases EPSPS Copy Number and Glyphosate Resistance Within Individual Plants of Hordeum glaucum. Christopher Preston*1, Patricia Adu-Yeboah1, Jenna M. Malone1, Gurjeet Singh Gill2; 1University of Adelaide, Glen Osmond, Australia, 2University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia (388)

Hordeum glaucum Steud. is a widespread weed of pastures and crops in southern Australia. In 2016, failure of glyphosate to control this weed on a field margin in South Australia was reported. The mechanism of resistance to glyphosate was determined as due to gene amplification of the target enzyme 6-enol-pyruvyl-shikimate-s-phosphate synthase (EPSPS). To better understand the stability of EPSPS gene amplification in this population, individual plants were divided into two halves (clones). One clone was treated with glyphosate at 405 g a.e. ha-1 and the other clone was left untreated. Seed from each half of each plant was collected separately. Dose response experiments showed a 75% increase in the LD50 for progeny from the treated clones compared to progeny from the untreated clones. EPSPS copy number estimates were higher in progeny of treated clones compared to untreated clones for each plant. There was a positive correlation between EPSPS gene copy number and LD50 for glyphosate. These results suggest that EPSPS copy number is variable within plants and that glyphosate application is able to increase the average copy number by killing cells with low copy number. For H. glaucum, glyphosate selection occurs not only on individuals within the population, but also on cells with an individual. This indicates that repeated glyphosate application can increase the level of resistance in populations of this species.

 

 

 

Herbicides Pose a Unique Challenge: Insights from Omics Analyses of Plants Responding to Sublethal Stresses. Jim Westwood*, Gourav Sharma, Suzanne R. Laliberte, Shawn Askew, Jacob Barney, David C. Haak; Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (389)

Plants may respond to stress by altering their DNA methylation patterns as part of epigenetic mechanisms that help the plant – and perhaps its progeny – to survive the stress. We are interested in weed epigenetic responses to stresses induced by herbicides, and how these may differ from stresses imposed by other weed control methods. In this study, we subjected Arabidopsis thaliana to two herbicide stresses (glyphosate and trifloxysulfuron) and two non-herbicidal stresses (clipping and shading), as well as no-stress controls. We measured changes in gene expression, DNA methylation, and small RNA populations following recovery from these stresses in the original plants and in subsequent generations. For stressed plants that had recovered from individual stresses, clear differences were observed in patterns of gene expression, DNA methylation, and small RNAs, demonstrating the uniqueness of each stress on the plants. For the multigenerational aspect, plant phenotypes (e.g., biomass, flowering time, etc.) generally returned to pre-stress levels in the generation following the stress. However, when stresses were repeated in each generation over four generations, plants took longer to adapt, although most phenotypes returned to initial levels after 3 or 4 generations. Plants exposed to the two herbicides responded in a similar way in many cases, differing from non-herbicidal stress. Taken together, results to date suggest that plant epigenetic responses to stress are highly specific to the stress. This work may have implications for herbicide resistance and weed management.

 

 

 

Chromosome-Scale Draft Genomes of Common and Giant Ragweed Reveal a Potential Mechanism of Glyphosate Resistance. Eric Page*1, Martin Laforest2, Sara Martin3, Katherine Bisaillon4, Brahim Soufiane4, Sydney Meloche1, Francois Tardif5; 1Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Harrow, ON, Canada, 2Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Saint-jean-sur-richelieu, QC, 3Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, ON, 4Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Saint-jean-sur-richelieu, QC, Canada, 5University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada (390)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia L. (common ragweed) and Ambrosia trifida L. (giant ragweed) are two of the most widely distributed and economically important pest species in the world. Across their native North American ranges these species are important weeds of agriculture that cause significant yield losses when left uncontrolled. Both species have developed resistance to many of the most commonly utilized herbicides, including inhibitors of acetolactate synthase (ALS) and enolpyruvyl shikimate 3-phosphate synthase (EPSPS). Although rare, A. artemisiifolia and A. trifida have also been observed to hybridize, with hybrid individuals reported to contain 30 chromosomes, 18 from A. artemisiifolia and 12 from A. trifida. In this research, chromosome scale draft genomes of A. artemisiifolia and A. trifida were produced via a trio binning approach whereby the haploid genomes of hybrid ragweed as well as the diploid genomes of the parental species were sequenced using Pacific Bioscience long read technology. The genomes of the parental species were assembled individually and these results served as reference to sort the sequence reads of the hybrid into 2 groups, referring to the origin of the chromosomes, and therefore permitting the resolution of haplotypes for both species. Genomic assemblies of A. artemisiifolia and A. trifida facilitated the production of complete sequences of herbicide target site genes, including the three copies of EPSPS. These results revealed a previously unreported Proline to Serine mutation at position 106 (P106S) of EPSP2S in both A. artemisiifolia and A. trifida. While this mutation has been reported to confer resistance to glyphosate in several other weed species, it is unclear at present what contribution this mutation may make to the level of glyphosate resistance observed in these species.

 

 

 

A Deeper Understanding of Resistance to Glufosinate in Amaranthus palmeri. Matheus Machado Noguera*1, Aimone Porri2, Eduarda P. Mena Barreto1, Juan Camilo Velsquez R1, Martin Penkert3, James W. Heiser4, Jens Lerchl5, Nilda Roma-Burgos6; 1University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, 2BASF Global Research & Development, Limburgerhof, Germany, 3BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany, 4University of Missouri, Portageville, MO, 5BASF SE, Limburgerhof, Germany, 6University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Fayetteville, AR (391)

 

 

 

Dose-Response Characteristics of Global Metabolome as a Potential Avenue to Capture the Secondary Toxicity of Herbicides in Weeds. Shalini priya Etukuri*, Pawanjit Kaur Sandhu, Jisun Lee, Nishanth Tharayil; Clemson University, Clemson, SC (392)

 

 

 

Identification and Characterization of GST Genes Involved in Group 15 Herbicide Detoxification in Resistant Grasses. Evlampia Parcharidou1, Rebecka Duecker1, Roland S. Beffa*2; 1Georg-August Universitt Gttingen, Gttingen, Germany, 2Senior Scientist Consultant, Frankfurt, Germany (393)

Herbicides remain one cornerstone technology in Integrated Weed Management. In addition to the right combination of agronomic measures and pesticide applications, the best combinations between pre- and post-emergence herbicides are essential to mitigate resistance evolution. Rye-grass (Lolium spp.) and black-grass (Alopecurus myosuroides Huds.) have become problematic weeds in cereals not only in Europe but globally. Besides resistance to post-emergent herbicides becoming increasingly widespread, enhanced metabolism of inhibitors of the synthesis of very-long-chain fatty acids (VLCFAs, HRAC Group 15), such as flufenacet, is evolving. Yet, cross-resistance patterns and evolution of this resistance remains poorly understood.The cDNA sequences of glutathione transferases (GSTs) upregulated in flufenacet resistant populations of rye-grass and black-grass were identified and used for protein overexpression. Detoxification of flufenacet was verified for the most overexpressed candidate GSTs. Flufenacet-glutathione conjugate as metabolite was found for most GSTs, except for one black-grass GST where flufenacet-alcohol was produced in presence of reduced glutathione (GSH). Additionally, activity to other VLCFA-inhibitors e.g. acetochlor and pyroxasulfone, and post-emergence herbicides including ACCase- and ALS-inhibitors was verified in vitro. The activity spectrum of the different GSTs showed qualitative and quantitative differences. As several upregulated GSTs detoxified flufenacet in vitro, the decrease in sensitivity observed in flufenacet resistant populations, is likely a result of an additive effect. The polygenic character and the different turnover rate of the individual GSTs may explain the quantitative aspect of at least some metabolism resistance traits and their longer time to evolve than Target Site Resistance traits. The polygenic character might also contribute to the resistance to a broader herbicide spectrum since flufenacet resistance was accompanied by cross-resistance with some, but not all, herbicides of Group 15, and to herbicides with other MoAs. Therefore, not only the rotation of herbicide modes of action, but also of individual active ingredients is important for resistance management. In addition, this suggest that the landscape-scale evolution of NTSR, in that case detoxification of herbicides, results from both parallel and non-parallel patterns of evolution across the genomes. The associated duplication and redundancy in plant genomes means that adaptation may not be mutation-limited and that the repeated evolution of resistance and/or tolerance may rely on neither rare mutational events, nor hard selective sweeps. They also hint that complex adaptations to abiotic and biotic stresses are not constrained by genetic variation and architecture and that convergent phenotypes are shaped by population-specific genome structure and plasticity.

 

 

 

Genetic Factors Influencing Snap Bean Tolerance to Preemergence Herbicides from Three Site-of-Action Groups. Ana I. Saballos*1, Nicholas Hausman1, Ed Peachey2, Patrick Tranel3, Martin Williams4; 1Global Change and Photosynthesis Research, US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Urbana, IL, 2Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, 3University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, 4USDA-ARS, Urbana, IL (394)

Weed management is crucial for profitable production of snap bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.), but the challenge posed by Amaranthus species is significant. Preemergence herbicides can help the crop gain an advantage over the weeds, but the few preemergence herbicides registered for use on snap bean have poor control of Amaranthus. Protoporphyrinogen oxidase (PPO) -inhibiting herbicides, metribuzin (a photosynthesis inhibitor) and pyroxasulfone (a very long chain fatty acid (VLCFA) synthesis inhibitor) are effective in providing early season control of Amaranthus, but the extent of tolerance to these herbicides in snap bean is unknown. To quantify tolerance to preemergence herbicides, and determine genomic regions associated with crop tolerance, a snap bean diversity panel was screened for response to application of 6 preemergence herbicides including 4 PPO-inhibitors (flumioxazin, lactofen, saflufenacil, and sulfentrazone), pyroxasulfone and metribuzin. Tolerance to sulfentrazone and saflufenacil was associated with multiple genomic regions including a common region in chromosome 4 that conferred a high proportion of the tolerance. The region contained several candidate genes. Tolerance to flumioxazin was associated with a region on chromosome 2. Tolerance to lactofen is widespread in the panel. Multivariate analysis using the responses of the panel to all 4 PPO herbicides confirmed the roles of loci on chromosomes 2 and 4. Seed weight positively influences the tolerance to PPO-inhibiting herbicides. There is limited evidence of genetic resistance to pyroxasulfone and metribuzin. However, one cultivar presented excellent tolerance to metribuzin across multiple years suggesting that rare genetic tolerance exists in the crop. Our results indicate that genetic tolerance to PPO-inhibitors is available in snap bean. Introgression of 2 genomic regions from tolerant entries may allow the use of PPO-inhibitor herbicides on the crop. The use of metribuzin and pyroxasulfone is less promising, as the margin of crop safety was small and there are limited sources of tolerance genes.

 

 

 

Genome-wide Characterization of MADS-box Transcription Factors Family in Dioecious Amaranth Species. Lucas Kopecky Bobadilla*1, Patrick Tranel2; 1University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, 2University of Illinois, Urbana, IL (395)

The MADS-box transcription factor family plays a key role in the development and evolution of flowers in plants. Members of this family are involved in specifying various floral organs, such as sepals, petals, stamens, and carpels, as well as determining flower symmetry and meristem identity. MADS-box has also been implicated in the evolution of novel floral traits and the diversification of flowering plants. _Amaranthus tuberculatus_ and _Amaranthus palmeri_ are the two major US weeds due to the constant evolution of herbicide resistance. Both species are dioecious (e.g., male and female individuals within the species), making them a potential target for sex-ratio manipulation via genetic control. Having the knowledge of the diversification of MADS-box transcription factors families across species and different sexes can provide clues about the evolutionary patterns of dioecy and how we can manipulate it. In this study, utilizing draft genome assemblies and de novo transcriptomics, we performed a genome-wide characterization of the MADS-box transcription factor family in two major dioecious amaranth weed species across both sexes. A total of 63 and 37 MADS-box genes were identified in A. tuberculatus and A. palmeri, respectively. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that these genes could be divided into five major clades, with several members in both species. Expression analysis showed that the multiple MADS-box genes are expressed in at least one floral tissue, with some genes showing sex-specific expression patterns. These results comprehensively overview the MADS-box gene family in dioecious amaranth species. They will be helpful for future functional studies and their roles in the sex-determination mechanism of dioecious amaranths.

 

 

 

Metabolic Resistance Profiles of Palmer Amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) Populations to HPPD-inhibiting Herbicides. Jeanaflor Crystal T. Concepcion*1, Shiv S. Kaundun2, James A. Morris2, Devin Koester1, Sarah-Jane Hutchings2, Dean E. Riechers3; 1University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, 2Syngenta, Bracknell, United Kingdom, 3University of Illinois-Urbana, Urbana, IL (396)

Rapid metabolism of 4-hydroxyphenypyruvate dioxygenase (HPPD)-inhibiting herbicides is a widely known mechanism of tolerance in corn and resistance in dicot weed populations. Oxidative (Phase I) metabolism of postemergence HPPD-inhibiting herbicides (mesotrione, tembotrione and topramezone) at least partially confers resistance in waterhemp (Amaranthus tuberculatus) and Palmer amaranth (A. palmeri) and natural tolerance in corn. Mesotrione resistance in both waterhemp and Palmer amaranth occurs via hydroxylation in the cyclohexanedione ring, forming a 4-hydroxy-mesotrione metabolite also produced in tolerant corn. Topramezone metabolic resistance in multiple herbicide-resistant (MHR) waterhemp is due to Phase I hydroxylation in the isoxazoline ring, which differs from the N-demethylation reaction and tolerance mechanism in corn. Tembotrione, on the other hand, is metabolized via reduction and ring hydroxylation in Phase I followed by Phase II glucose conjugation in resistant Palmer amaranth. To date, however, metabolic weed resistance studies based on mass spectral analysis of metabolites have not been reported for mesotrione or topramezone in Palmer amaranth and tembotrione in waterhemp. Our objective was to conduct a liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS)-based comparative investigation of metabolic resistance to mesotrione, tembotrione and topramezone in MHR waterhemp and Palmer amaranth populations from the U.S. An excised leaf assay investigated rates of metabolism and identified putative metabolites of these three herbicides during a 12-hr time-course. Each biological replicate consisted of two leaves per plant treated with 0.15 mM unlabeled herbicide solution for 2-hr. Peak abundances of parent herbicides and metabolite features were derived from LC/MS-based untargeted metabolomics of leaf extracts. Rapid ring hydroxylation (Phase I) of mesotrione to 4-hydroxy-mesotrione is considered a robust biochemical marker for mesotrione resistance in MHR waterhemp and Palmer amaranth; however, our current results indicate a more complex profile of mesotrione metabolism in MHR Palmer amaranth compared to waterhemp and tolerant corn. Our findings also shed new light on metabolic pathways and putative detoxification mechanisms for three commercial HPPD-inhibiting herbicides in several MHR Palmer amaranth and waterhemp populations. Future work will embark on proteomic and transcriptomic analysis of various control and treated tissues in MHR waterhemp and Palmer amaranth to identify key proteins and genes conferring resistance to HPPD-inhibiting herbicides. Identification of common or unique metabolite profiles when comparing these weedy amaranths and corn will aid in informing and directing new herbicide discovery efforts for improving selective weed management.

 

 

 

Comparative Analysis of S-Metolachlor Metabolism Among Palmer Amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) and Waterhemp (A. tuberculatus) Populations from the U.S. Jeanaflor Crystal T. Concepcion1, Noeleen K. Brown2, James A. Morris3, Sarah-Jane Hutchings3, Shiv S. Kaundun3, Dean E. Riechers*2; 1University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, 2University of Illinois-Urbana, Urbana, IL, 3Syngenta, Bracknell, United Kingdom (397)

Very-long-chain fatty acid (VLCFA) elongase-inhibiting herbicides, including S-metolachlor, are widely used for preemergence, residual control of annual grasses and small-seeded broadleaves in crops such as corn, soybean, and cotton. Previous field research investigating two multiple herbicide-resistant (MHR) waterhemp (Amaranthus tuberculatus) populations from Illinois demonstrated poor control with S-metolachlor, and several Palmer amaranth (A. palmeri) populations from the U.S. have shown similar responses in the field. Previous mechanistic research with intact MHR waterhemp seedlings demonstrated that S-metolachlor is rapidly metabolized compared to sensitive waterhemp populations; interestingly, the metabolic pathway of S-metolachlor in MHR waterhemp is different than tolerant corn and sensitive waterhemp. However, detailed metabolism studies with S-metolachlor have not been reported in MHR or sensitive Palmer amaranth. The objective of this research was to conduct a comparative analysis of S-metolachlor metabolism in suspected VLCFA inhibitor-resistant Palmer amaranth populations in comparison with sensitive Palmer amaranth and MHR waterhemp populations, as well as tolerant corn seedlings. Metabolism experiments using intact seedlings and radiolabeled S-metolachlor combined with thin layer chromatography (TLC) revealed different rates and patterns of S-metolachlor metabolism between 2 and 12 hours after treatment (HAT) among several waterhemp and Palmer amaranth populations. Within the 12-hour time course, rapid metabolism of parent S-metolachlor to polar compounds (including putative glutathione, dipeptide, and cysteine conjugates) was noted but some metabolites did not match migration distances of these glutathione-derived conjugates, implying that some S-metolachlor metabolites may arise from Phase I oxidation and Phase II glucose conjugation reactions in Palmer amaranth seedlings. Current and future research is aimed at quantification and identification of S-metolachlor metabolites in Palmer amaranth seedlings (with and without metabolic inhibitor pretreatment) via TLC and LC-MS analysis, investigation of the putative detoxification enzyme(s) and pathways involved, and fold-resistance quantification using dose-response studies with several VLCFA-inhibiting herbicides in the greenhouse. Findings from this research will expand the current knowledge of metabolic detoxification pathways and enzymes specific for weedy dicots and provide metabolic markers for VLCFA-inhibiting herbicide resistance for use in development of new chemistries for selective weed management.

 

 

 

Overcoming Weed Resistance with Discovery of Novel Modes of Action. Karthik Putta*, Paolo Castiglioni, Neville Anthony, David Lauffer, David Vierra, Balaji Aravindhan Pandian, Gary Schaefer, Peter Stchur, Brittany Baisch, Timothy Panosian, Jacqueline Heard, Thomas Meade; ENKO, Mystic, CT (398)

Herbicide resistance is a major factor driving the need for innovation in crop protection chemistry. Enko has built an efficient, proprietary platform (ENKOMPASS™) to bring effective, safe and sustainable crop protection chemistry to address this and other challenges that are facing the industry. ENKOMPASS™ is an integration of multiple tools - DNA-Encoded libraries (DELs), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Structure-based Design to discover and develop novel and diverse chemistries for existing and novel targets. An example of the success of this approach is presented here where a DEL screen of more than 120 billion unique molecules was conducted for plant protoporphyrinogen oxidase (PPO), the site of action for commercially successful PPO-inhibiting herbicides. The platform identified molecules that can inhibit the active site of both wild type and commonly selected PPO mutations. Moreover, the platform was able to deliver a molecule with field validated biological efficacy and commercial attributes in 11 months from Hit confirmation. Currently, this molecule has undergone several seasons of field testing and is in advanced development. Our success in developing a PPO-inhibiting herbicide is not an isolated experience. We have screened over 30 targets to date and built a pipeline of novel herbicide, fungicide, insecticide and nematicide chemistries. Over 50% of our targets are new modes of action. Our ENKOMPAS platform continues to evolve, incorporating innovations in DEL, data analysis, and other emerging technologies to continuously accelerate the discovery and development of novel crop protection chemistries.

 

 

 

Which Summer Annual Weeds May Emerge as Important Candidates as Model Species for Research to Combat Climate Change and Global Food Security? Philip Westra*1, Todd A. Gaines1, Eric L. Patterson2, Jacob S. Montgomery1, John M. Lemas1; 1Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, 2Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI (399)

 

Development of the Brazilian Peppertree Biological Control Agent Pseudophilothrips ichini (Thysanoptera: Phlaeothripidae) in Florida. Gregory Wheeler*; USDA, Davie, FL (406)

 

Allelopathic Potential of Parthenium hysterophorus Against Selected Weeds of Wheat Crop. Tauseef Anwar*1, Huma Qureshi2; 1Department of Botany, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur-63000, Punjab, Pakistan, Bahawalpur, Pakistan, 2Institute of Biological Sciences, Gomal University, Dera Ismail Khan-29050, Khyber Pakhunkhwa,Pakistan, Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan (407)

Heavy doses of synthetic weed control chemicals have facilitated herbicide resistance in weeds as well as predicted to possess toxicities. Natural compounds can be screened as potential herbicides which are more cost effective, efficacious, selective and environmentally safe. Experiments were conducted on selected weeds (Rumex dentatus, Euphorbia helioscopia, Chenopodium album, Avena fatua, Phalaris minor) to study allelopathic potential of Parthenium hysterophorus. Experiments were performed using a medium of 0.75 percent (w / v) agar, filter paper and soil. Parameters studied for assessing allelopathic effects were germination inhibition (percent) along reduction in radicle and plumule length (cm). Results showed that seed germination of R. dentatus, P. minor and C. album is inhibited by P. hysterophorus allelochemicals. Minimum germination for C. album was noted whereas non significant effect on the germination of E. helioscopia, T. aestivum and A. fatua was observed. Leaf extract of P. hysterophorus on the agar, filter paper, and the soil inhibited the radicle and plumule length (cm) of all the test species. Results have indicated that even though radicle length and germination of T. aestivum is not affected by leaf extract of P. hysterophorus, the plumule length was substantially decreased. The retarding effect of growth on wheat seedlings indicates that P. hysterophorus might not be an acceptable candidate for weed control under field conditions.

 

 

 

Dicamba Research Update. Thomas C. Mueller*1, Larry Steckel2; 1University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 2University of Tennessee, Jackson, TN (408)

Research focused on two general areas: resistance confirmation and environmental fate of auxinic herbicides. A greenhouse dicamba dose response screen was conducted on 15 Tennessee accessions. Relative resistance factor for dicamba ranged from 1.85-2.49 for several biotypes, upward to 14.25, indicating that this population could no longer be controlled using dicamba. In a separate study dicamba resistance was confirmed, and the addition of malathion did not reverse dicamba resistance from populations collected from Tennessee. This implies that the resistance may not be based upon enhanced herbicide metabolism, but more research is warranted in this area. Experiments were initiated in grower's fields where herbicide failures were previously observed to determine the impact of weed height on Palmer amaranth control following applications of dicamba or 2,4-D. While weed height at the time of application had a significant effect on Palmer amaranth control with auxin herbicides, control was still unacceptable in the field at the labelled rates of dicamba and 2,4-D at <10 cm tall weeds (48% and 53%, respectively). This research confirmed that these Palmer amaranth populations are resistant to both 2,4-D and dicamba. Bare ground experiments were conducted in 2021 and 2022 to determine the best timing and order of sequential applications for 2,4-D or dicamba and glufosinate. Palmer amaranth control increased when the interval between postemergence herbicide applications decreased from 21 to 7 days. At the 7 day interval in a dicamba-based system, the order of herbicides did not affect Palmer amaranth control, but with 2,4-D-tolerant systems greatest control was achieved when 2,4-D was applied first followed by either 2,4-D or glufosinate. Studies examining the off target movement (OTM) of dicamba and 2,4-D continued in 2022. Field studies showed that dicamba emissions were slightly higher than 2,4-D choline, even when labelled adjuvants (VRA) were added to the dicamba. A lab study evaluated the utility of potassium borate (KBr) added to dicamba Diglycolamine formulation to reduce dicamba emissions. A low rate of KBr (0.025 molar) only slightly reduced dicamba emissions, although a KBr dose of 0.1M reduced dicamba emissions equal to the industry standard of Xtendimax+ a Vapor Reducing Agent.

 

 

 

Use of a Spray Drone for Corn Harvest Aid Herbicide Applications. Ryan D. Langemeier*, Livia Pereira, Justin T. McCaghren, Steve Li; Auburn University, Auburn, AL (409)

Pre-harvest desiccation of corn (Zea maize) is used to aid in harvest, speeding harvest and reducing operator fatigue. This can be done via ground application, but only if soil conditions allow. In addition, a ground sprayer will knock over crop resulting in lost yield. Airplanes may also be used but can struggle in small and/or oddly shaped fields. Spray drones have made rapid advances in recent years, and are now more capable of covering large acreage, while also alleviating some of the problems with other application methods. However, questions about efficacy remain. With that in mind, an experiment was conducted in early August 2022 at two commercial fields in Autauga and Coffee counties, Alabama. Both experiments included three treatments: 1) glyphosate, 2) glyphosate + carfentrazone, 3) paraquat. All treatments were applied using a DJI Agras T30 using Greenleaf AM110-01 nozzles at 18.7 L ha-1. Plots were ~1.4 hectares in Autauga Co. and 0.6 hectares in Coffee Co. There were three replications of each treatment. Data collection involved visual injury of three species found throughout the plots at each site at 4, 7 and 14 days after treatment (DAT). In addition, multispectral imagery was collected 0, 4, 7, and 14 DAT. By 14 DAT at both sites grass control for all treatments which included glyphosate was >80%. On broadleaves control varied between specie/treatments combinations. In most but not all cases, on broadleaf weeds a mixture of carfentrazone + glyphosate provided the best control. Mean reduction in NDVI from 0 DAT to 14 DAT was highest for glyphosate + carfentrazone, glyphosate, and then paraquat at both sites. These results show that spray drones are a viable method for corn harvest aid applications, and can provide high levels of efficacy.

 

 

 

Investigations of Suspected Weed Resistance to XtendiMax Herbicide with VaporGrip Technology. Aruna V. Varanasi*, Chandrashekar Aradhya, Jeffrey Herrmann, John Willis; Bayer CropScience, Chesterfield, MO (410)

Weeds developing resistance to herbicides pose a great concern to growers in the United States. Introduction of dicamba-tolerant cropping systems in soybean and cotton, stacked with other herbicide tolerant traits such as glyphosate- and/or glufosinate-tolerance, provide farmers the flexibility to use multiple herbicide options to diversify their weed management practices and delay the evolution of resistance. XtendiMax herbicide with VaporGrip Technology is a dicamba formulation registered for use in dicamba-tolerant soybean and cotton by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with certain terms of registration (EPA Reg. No. 264-1210). One of these terms includes investigation of product performance inquiries on lack of XtendiMax herbicide efficacy in the field. Weed populations suspected to have reduced sensitivity to XtendiMax in the field were sampled for testing in controlled environment. Seeds from 62 weed populations, consisting primarily of waterhemp (Amaranthus tuberculatus) and Palmer amaranth (A. palmeri), were collected in the 2022 crop season and plant bioassays were conducted in the greenhouse at a Bayer CropScience research facility in Chesterfield, Missouri to screen the populations for response to 560g ae ha-1 (label rate) and 1120g ae ha-1 of XtendiMax. All plants were treated at 7 to 10 cm height and evaluated at 21 days after treatment. Information on the screening process and data on weed efficacy will be presented.

 

 

 

Evaluation of Physical Control Strategies for Kochia (Bassia scoparia) Patch Management. Shaun M. Sharpe*, Julia Y. Leeson, Haben Asgedom Telda, Jennifer Town, Tim Dumonceaux, Krista Gill; Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Saskatoon, SK, Canada (411)

Kochia is a problematic weed for field crop production on the Great Plains of North America. It is an early emerging, allelopathic, patch forming tumbleweed with resistance to several herbicide modes of action in Canada and the United States. The study objective was to evaluate physical control methods for efficacy in suppressing kochia within established patches on farmland. The control strategies evaluated included: 1) hydro-mulch, 2) field chaff as mulch, 3) plastic mulch, 4) mowing, 5) an untreated control, and 6) an AC Saltlander seeded control. The trial was established in May 2021 at six sites in southern Saskatchewan. Kochia densities and mulch depth were monitored for 9 timings across the 2021 and 2022 growing season. Soil was collected post-harvest in 2021 and 2022 for allelochemical analysis for caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid, ferulic acid, myricetin, and quercetin. The AC Saltlander treatment failed to establish in 2021 or 2022. The hydro-mulch depth was 12 mm at the start of the study and did not decline through the study period. The chaff treatment was 65 mm at the start of the study period, reduced by 15% by August 2021, 40% by May 2022, and 49% by August 2022. Kochia patch densities across sites were between 637 to 928 plants m-2 in 2021 and 2,478 to 10,500 plants m-2 in 2022. The black plastic mulch treatment was the most consistent, with no kochia emerging in the study period. The chaff treatment was effective, providing 98 to 99% reduction in stand densities through 2021 and 82 to 95% through 2022. The mowing treatment provided between 61 to 98% stand reduction through 2021 and 44 to 70% stand reduction through 2022. No residual allelopathic compounds were detected in the soil above the 1 mol g-1 soil threshold for the post-harvest timings in 2021 and 2022.

 

 

 

Response of Soybean at Different Growth Stages to Sub-lethal Rates of Imazapyr. Michael W. Marshall*; Clemson University, Blackville, SC (412)

 

 

 

Detection and Site-Specific Treatment of Late-Season Weed Escapes in Rice Using Unmanned Aerial Systems and Deep Learning. Bholuram Gurjar*1, Bishwa B. Sapkota1, Isidor Ceperkovic1, Ubaldo Torres2, Matthew Kutugata1, Daniel E. Martin3, Muthukumar V. Bagavathiannan1; 1Texas A&M university, College Station, TX, 2Texas Tech University, College Station, TX, 3United States Department of Agriculture, College Station, TX (413)

Unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), sensors, remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), and digital image processing technologies have been transforming agriculture with site-specific, real-time spatial and temporal field data. Significant progress has been made in drone technology and image analysis techniques in conjunction with semi-autonomous aerial and ground vehicle control systems. Weed control is an important part of agriculture, and broadacre production systems depend heavily on herbicides for weed control. In this research, a pipeline involving weed detection in drone-collected multispectral imagery along with a UAS-based spray application were evaluated, targeting weed escapes in a rice field. The research was conducted at the David Wintermann Rice Research and Extension Center, Eagle Lake, TX. The specific objectives of this study were to 1) identify weed patches in a rice crop using image analysis techniques, and 2) compare the efficacy of a drone-based precision herbicide application with the conventional backpack spray application. The weed species targeted in this research were barnyardgrass (Echinochloa spp.), amazon sprangletop (Leptochloa panicoides), yellow nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus), and hemp sesbania (Sesbania herbacea). The YOLOv5 model was used to detect late-season weed and find the center pixel coordinate of each weed patch. It determines the position of weeds by converting the pixel coordinates to world coordinates. Results showed that the accuracy of image-based weed detection for hemp sesbania, Amazon sprangletop, yellow nutsedge, and barnyardgrass were 95, 87, 74, and 62 %, respectively. The detection accuracy for barnyardgrass in rice was impacted by crop mimicry, and machine-learning approaches need to be explored to improve detection. The RTK-GPS based site-specific aerial spray application saved up to 45% herbicide volume compared to the broadcast application. Moreover, rice yields were greater with the site-specific drone application compared to the broadcast backpack application since the treatment of weed escapes coincided with the crop reproductive stages. Findings demonstrate the high potential for using deep-learning models and unmanned aerial systems for site-specific management of weed escapes in rice. Future improvements will include real-time weed detection and spraying using an on-board data processing system. Additional experiments are required for improving detection accuracy of barnyardgrass.

 

 

 

Effects of Delaying Rye Cover Crop Termination on Cover Crop Biomass, Weed Suppression, and Corn Yield. Daniel A. Boakye*1, Parmeshwor Aryal1, Carlene A. Chase1, Muthukumar V. Bagavathiannan2, Andrea Basche3, Heather Darby4, Michael L. Flessner5, Erin Haramoto6, Ramon G. Leon7, Steven Brian Mirsky8, Alison Robertson9, Matt Ruark10, Matthew R. Ryan11, Nicholas J. Seiter12, Kelley Tilmon13, Peter Tomlinson14, John F. Tooker15, Mark VanGessel16, John M. Wallace17, Jared Adam15, Tauana Ferreira de Almeida18, Ashley Decker12, Kristen Loria11, Rashelle Matthiessen-Anderson9, Jodie M. McVane2, Fernando H. Oreja7, DeAnn Presley14, Amy Raudenbush19, Lindsey Ruhl20, Cynthia Sias5, Barbara Scott16, Ethan Sweep21, Ashley Waggoner22; 1University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 3University of Nebraka, Lincoln, NE, 4The University of Vermont, St. Albans, VT, 5Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 6University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 7North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 8USDA ARS, Beltsville, MD, 9Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 10University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 11Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 12University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, 13Ohio State University, Wooster, OH, 14Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 15The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 16University of Delaware, Georgetown, DE, 17Penn State University, University Park, PA, 18University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, 19The Ohio State University, Wooster, OH, 20University of Vermont, St. Albans, VT, 21USDA Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, MD, 22University of Wisconsin, Mas, WI (414)

Cereal rye (Secale cereale L.) is the major cool season cover crop (CC) that is used in no-till corn-soybean production system. Delaying CC termination until after planting the cash crop (planting green) has resulted in adverse effects on the corn crop that are not typically a problem in soybeans. In a multistate, multidisciplinary project aimed at understanding these effects in corn, one of our objectives focused on determining the effect of rye CC termination timing on CC biomass, weed suppression, and corn yield in a no-till system. Results are presented from trials conducted in Pennsylvania, Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio, Texas and Virginia, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Maryland, New York, Virginia and Vermont. The rye CC was planted immediately after harvesting of soybeans in fall 2020 at seeding rate of 78 kg/ha and the corn was planted in spring 2021. The four treatments were termination of the rye CC at (1) 2-4 weeks before planting (early termination), 3-7 days before planting (late termination), and 0-3 days after planting (post-planting termination), and a no CC treatment (clean fallow) Treatments were arranged in a randomized complete block design with four replications. Glyphosate was used for all the rye terminations. The corn was planted the same day irrespective of the termination time. Total nitrogen (N) application was location specific but a minimum of 50 lb N was applied at planting with a side-dress at around V4-V6. Data were collected on rye CC biomass, weed biomass, and corn yield. Termination after planting resulted in the highest CC biomass accumulation compared to early and late termination regardless of location. Cover crop biomass varied with location with Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio, Texas and Virginia producing more CC biomass than Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Maryland, New York, and Vermont. Weed biomass was low with the rye CC regardless of termination timing. Post-planting termination had the lowest weed biomass accumulation in most of the locations. The rye CC effectively reduced weed biomass through the corn V-5 stage regardless of termination timing. However, a yield penalty was observed with delay of termination of the rye CC that was greater with late termination than with post-planting termination. This is the first year's results from a three-year study that will allow for the development of recommendations for rye termination timing that will allow farmers to plan for specific weed suppression and yield outcomes when utilizing a rye CC.

 

 

 

MaverickTM Corn Herbicide: Application Flexibility with Broad-Spectrum Control. Jonathon Kohrt*1, Garrison J. Gundy2, Trevor D. Israel3, Chad L. Smith4, John Pawlak5, Eric Ott5; 1Valent USA LLC, West Des Moines, IA, 2Valent U.S.A LLC, Mcpherson, KS, 3Valent USA, Harrisburg, SD, 4Valent USA, Hallsville, MO, 5Valent USA LLC, San Ramon, CA (415)

MaverickTM Corn Herbicide is a new corn herbicide offering from Valent USA LLC. Maverick is a low-use rate broad-spectrum herbicide premix of clopyralid, mesotrione, and pyroxasulfone that controls problematic annual grasses and broadleaf weeds. Application rates range from 14 fl oz per acre for postemergence applications to 18-32 fl oz per acre for preemergence and burndown applications. Maximum use rates can vary by soil type. Field trials were conducted throughout the Midwestern United Sates to demonstrate that the efficacy of Maverick is equivalent to the commercial standards.

 

 

 

Response of North Carolina Palmer Amaranth Accessions to Very-Long-Chain-Fatty-Acid Inhibiting Herbicides. Amanda M. Foderaro*; Syngenta, Raleigh, NC (416)

Investigation of Palmer amaranth Response to VLCFA-Inhibiting Herbicides: Greenhouse dose response studies were conducted to evaluate the differential response of two Palmer amaranth populations from Wake and Martin County, North Carolina, to four Group 15 herbicides, S-metolachlor, acetochlor, dimethenamid-P and pyroxasulfone. One susceptible population from Wake County and one tolerant population from Martin County, were evaluated. The results of the study indicated a significant differential response between the two populations to the Group 15 herbicides with the Martin County population requiring 4.1 times more S-metolachlor, 5.1 times more acetochlor and 10.5 times more dimethenamid-P to reduce seedling emergence by 50% compared to the more susceptible Wake County population.

 

 

 

Survey and Screening to Evaluate Herbicide Efficacy in Triple Stack Sugarbeet Cropping Systems in SE Montana. Het Samir Desai*1, Fabian Menalled1, Lovreet S. Shergill2; 1Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, 2Montana State University, Huntley, MT (417)

The introduction of glyphosate-resistant (GR) sugarbeet initially reduced the complexity involved in weed management; however, due to the evolution of glyphosate resistance, the need to utilize other weed management strategies that could include alternative herbicide chemistries has emerged. Therefore, genetically engineered triple-stack sugarbeet was developed, having tolerance for three different herbicides: glyphosate, glufosinate, and dicamba. However, the selection of multiple herbicide-resistant biotypes could erode the long-term viability of this technology. To assess the current herbicide-resistance status in sugarbeet growing regions, we conducted a survey prior to the sugarbeet harvest in South-East (SE) Montana and North-West (NW) Wyoming in 2021. Three major weed species: kochia [Bassia scoparia (L.) A. J. Scott], redroot pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus L.), and common lambsquarters (Chenopodium album L.); three minor weed species: wild oats (Avena fatua L.), green foxtail [Setaria viridis (L.) P. Beauv], and junglerice [Echinochloa crus-galli (L.) P. Beauv.) were collected after visiting 72 sugarbeet fields. Physical screening in greenhouse conditions of glyphosate (840 g ae/ha), glufosinate (590 g ae/ha), and dicamba (280 g ae/ha) was conducted for all samples employing all the populations of each major weed species. Preliminary results show that 97.5% kochia populations [39:40 (survived:total)] survived glyphosate application and 75% survived (30:40) dicamba. For redroot pigweed, 2.3% population (1:44), 2.3% population (1:44), and 61.4% population (27:44) survived glyphosate, glufosinate, and dicamba applications, respectively. For common lambsquarters, 40.7% population (11:27), 3.7% population (1:27), and 26.0% population (7:27) survived glyphosate, glufosinate, and dicamba application, respectively. All survived populations will be subjected to molecular analysis to identify the potential herbicide resistance mechanisms. Data generated from this study will help understand the eco-evolutionary impacts of triple-stack sugarbeet cultivation in SE Montana and NW Wyoming.

 

 

 

Evaluation of See &Amp; Spray™ Programs for Weed Management in Cotton Production. William L. Patzoldt*1, Lauren M. Lazaro1, Michael M. Houston1, Diego J. Contreras2, Wesley Everman2, Tristen H. Avent3, Jason K. Norsworthy3; 1Blue River Technology, Sunnyvale, CA, 2North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 3University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR (419)

A prototype See & Spray Ultimate machine was used to access weed control efficacy, input cost savings, and yield protection associated with targeting weeds in cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) production. Similar to See & Spray Ultimate, the research sprayer was designed with a dual tank delivery system allowing for separate herbicide product mixtures for See & Spray and/or broadcast applications. The dual tank feature has multiple benefits, but the focus of the research was to access 1) different broadcast partners paired with See & Spray applications and 2) the influence of POST-applied residual partners. Field trials were initiated in Greenville, MS, Kinston, NC, and Keiser, AR using cotton with resistance to dicamba, glyphosate, and glufosinate. Data across multiple trials suggests the most consistent weed management programs utilize broadcast applications of a POST-applied residual chemistry (e.g. group 15 herbicide) with See & Spray using the dual tank delivery system. Furthermore, the greatest benefit for See & Spray product savings was when the residual herbicide partner was applied during the first POST timing. In summary, See & Spray Ultimate has the ability to provide equivalent weed control and yield protection as broadcast applications while also reducing herbicide input costs associated with weed management in cotton production.

 

 

 

A23980B: A Step Change for Residual Weed Control in Corn. Sudeep A. Mathew*1, Scott E. Cully2, Mark Kitt3; 1Syngenta, Germantown, MD, 2Syngenta Crop Protection, Marion, IL, 3Syngenta, Greensboro, NC (420)

A23980B: A Step Change for Residual Weed Control in Corn. Sudeep A. Mathew, Scott E. Cully, Mark J. Kitt, Thomas H. Beckett. A23980B is a new selective herbicide coming soon for weed control in field corn, seed corn, popcorn and sweet corn. A23980B contains ratios of S-metolachlor, pyroxasulfone, mesotrione, bicyclopyrone, and the safener benoxacor that will provide extended residual weed control in corn. Field trials were conducted to evaluate A23980B for residual weed control compared to Acuron, Acuron Flexi and other corn herbicide premixes in one pass and two pass weed control programs. Results show that A23980B will provide more consistent and longer lasting residual control of difficult to control weeds like Amaranthus palmeri, Amaranthus tuberculatus and other problematic broadleaf and grass weeds in corn.

 

 

 

What's New in Industry. Sudeep A. Mathew*1, Marshall Hay2, Mark Kitt3; 1Syngenta, Germantown, MD, 2Syngenta Crop Protection, Vero Beach, FL, 3Syngenta, Greensboro, NC (421)

 

 

 

Estimating Dry-down Performance of Desiccants in Lentils Using Hyperspectral Imaging. Charles M. Geddes1, Keshav Dev Singh2, Prabahar Ravichandran*3; 1Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge, AB, Canada, 2University of Saskatchewan, Lethbridge, AB, Canada, 3Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Truro, NS, Canada (422)

 

 

 

 

Will it Dye or Die? Effects of Application Speed on Droplet Distribution and Swath Width of Boomless Nozzles. Kayla L. Broster*, Thomas H. Duncan, John D. Byrd, Jr.; Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS (435)

Boomless nozzles are a convenient technology available for broadcast applications in areas that boom sprayers may not be best for application, due to rough terrain or obstructions. This has made their use more frequent for pasture, forestry, wildlife habitat restoration and roadside and other utility right of way applications. Few studies have evaluated effective spray swath of boomless nozzles at operating pressure and application speeds, in comparison to company advertised swath widths. Two studies were conducted at Mississippi State University (MSU) to evaluate swath width. The first study was conducted in an enclosed facility at the Mississippi Horse Park, while the second study was an unimproved turf area at the R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Center. Both studies were a 4 by 4 factorial arrangement of treatments, with nozzle type and application speed as factors. Nozzles used and their advertised spray swaths included the Boominator 1400ST (no advertised spray swath but static swath of 13 m), Boominator 1870 advertised to cover 11 m, Hamilton #10 advertised to cover 15 m, and Boom Buster 187 advertised to cover 12 m. Swath widths of these nozzles were measured at speeds of 0, 1.6, 3.2, and 6.4 KPH using a 3-point hitch tractor mounted sprayer equipped with Hypro roller pump at engine RPM of 1000. For the indoor study, a mixture of water and FD&C Blue 1 food dye (Flavors and Color) solution was applied over six rows of 21.5 X 28 cm Kromekote (CutCardstock) sheets, placed every 0.3 m out to 0.6 m past the advertised swath of each, for each nozzle and speed. The sheets were scanned at 600 dot per inch (dpi) and processed through the USDA Automatic Paper Analysis tool in the DepositScan software add-on for Image J (Version 1.38X) to obtain coverage data, which was used to develop a relative deposition curve to estimate total and effective swaths of each nozzle at each speed. The field study was conducted on a flat grassy area, with mixed grass and clover, with applications of MSMA 6 Plus (monosodiums acid methanearsonate) at a 10.5% v/v solution mixed with FD&C Blue 1 food dye. These applications were made in manner described above minus Kromekote paper on August 8, 2022. Swath widths were measured immediately after application and 3 days after treatment (DAT), when visual injury was obvious. Data were analyzed with RStudio (Version RStudio 2022.07.1) and two-way ANOVA, with means separated using Fisher's Protected LSD (alpha = 0.05). Data were transformed to percent difference of effective kill swath to total swath to allow for more equal comparison between nozzles and the effect of speed on spray distribution. Nozzle pattern uniformity determined by Christiansen's Uniformity Coefficient, for the indoor study. Nozzles were analyzed separately across speed as their responses differed. The Hamilton #10 significantly decreased in swath width when accelerating from 0 to 1.6 KPH, all other nozzles did not. However, as speed increased past 1.6 KPH the relative effective swath of each nozzle decreased, except for the Boom Buster 187, where the swath increased between 3.2 KPH and 6.4 KPH. There were no differences in uniformity between each nozzle at any speed when using the measured effective swath, based on the uniformity coefficient obtained from each nozzle and speed combination. Comparing relative effective swath and uniformity coefficient to determine the widest and consistent effective swath pattern overlap, the Boom Buster 187 provided the most efficient distribution of spray solution, potentially requiring fewer in field passes to uniformly cover large areas.

 

 

 

Chemical Control of Terrestrial Alligatorweed in Mississippi. Gray Turnage*; Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS (436)

Alligatorweed (Alternanthera philoxeroides) is the most widespread aquatic weed in Mississippi. Alligatorweed is capable of growing in aquatic, wetland, and terrestrial sites and switches growth form from a rhizomatous mat forming plant (aquatic) to a prostrate growth form with tap roots (terrestrial) which allows it to survive stressors such as drawdown or drought. Much is known regarding the impacts and control of alligatorweed in aquatic sites, however, less is known regarding control of alligatorweed in terrestrial sites. Muscadine Farms Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a series of 90 ponds (each 6.1-8.1 hectares in size) that covers approximately 809 ha in the Mississippi flyway in western Mississippi; the WMA is primarily managed for waterfowl habitat. The terrestrial form of alligatorweed has infested many ponds in the WMA and displaced desirable vegetation utilized as waterfowl forage. In 2022, an herbicide trial was conducted and repeated two weeks later to assess the reduction of alligatorweed at Muscadine Farms by herbicides utilized for operational control of alligatorweed as well as newer herbicides labeled for use in aquatics in the last two decades. Herbicides were applied to 83.6 m-2 (9.1 by 9.1 m) plots at Muscadine Farms. High and low rates of imazapyr (8.2 and 4.1 kg a.e. ha-1), bispyribac-sodium (0.11 and 0.055 kg a.i. ha-1), topramezone (11.4 and 5.7 kg a.e. ha-1), florpyrauxifen-benzyl (0.02 and 0.01 kg a.i. ha-1), and fluridone (10.9 and 5.4 kg a.i./ha-1) were tested as stand-alone foliar herbicide treatments. Glyphosate (11.0 kg a.i. ha-1), triclopyr (11.7 kg a.e. ha-1), metsulfuron-methyl (0.036 kg a.i. ha-1), and two-way tank mixes of the three were also tested as foliar treatments. All herbicide applications included a 0.5% v:v MSO surfactant and were applied at a 467.7 L ha-1 (50 gal ac-1) diluent rate. Each treatment was replicated four times. This is the first report of alligatorweed control by bispyribac-sodium, topramezone, or fluridone suggesting that these herbicides may provide another alligatorweed control option for resource managers.

 

 

 

Assessment of Reverse Cut Stem Treatments for Difficult to Control Tropical Vines. Stephen F. Enloe*; University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (437)

Arrowhead vine (Syngonium podophyllum) is an invasive vine in the Araceae family that is native to Latin America. Although a popular houseplant for decades, it has escaped cultivation and is now problematic in south and central Florida forested wetlands. Syngonium forms dense cover and climbs into trees up to 10 m. Management has proven problematic as climbing vines are extremely difficult to manually remove from trees. Additionally, they survive after cutting via adventitious aerial roots that regrow to the ground. To address this, a field study was conducted on the Loxahatchee River floodplain near Jupiter, Florida in 2020 and 2021 to assess the effectiveness of manual removal and herbicide foliar and reverse cut stem treatments. Plots were 10 by 10 m and replicated four times per treatment. Foliar treatments were applied to arrowhead vine ground cover and included imazamox, a tank mix of imazamox + carfentrazone, or no herbicide. Reverse cut stem treatments included glyphosate at 50% v/v or no herbicide, applied with an herbicide foamer or a two second dip method. Hand removal included the complete removal of all vines covering the ground and trees. Syngonium ground and tree cover were recorded at multiple times from 0 to 360 days after treatment (DAT). Imazamox alone and the imazamox + carfentrazone tank mix did not effectively reduce Syngonium ground cover, while hand removal significantly reduced ground cover compared to the untreated control. Reverse cut stem treatments with glyphosate applied with a foamer applicator or a dip method reduced climbing vine cover to near zero and were generally more effective than cutting alone. Surviving climbing vines that had been cut with no herbicide treatment had regrown aerial roots 120 cm to the ground. This study indicates that a combination of manual removal and reverse cut stem treatment techniques may be the most effective approach for managing Syngonium in forest wetlands. Future work should address additional herbicides for foliar ground treatments.

 

 

 

Aquatic Weed Control Research Update. Benjamin P. Sperry*; US Army Corps of Engineers, Gainesville, FL (438)

The US Army Corps of Engineers has been involved in aquatic plant control research and operations since the 1800s after the introductions of exotic waterhyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) and alligatorweed (Alternanthera philoxeroides). Over 100 years later, these agency efforts have continued now focusing on the development of environmentally compatible management strategies for new and existing invasive plant species. This presentation will introduce the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center's Aquatic Plant Management Team, its members, research capabilities, and a brief overview of current research projects.

 

 

 

Smutgrass (Sporobolus Indicus) Identification and Management with Unmanned Aerial Systems. Zachary S. Howard*1, Scott A. Nolte2, Daniel E. Martin3, Chenghai Yang3; 1Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, College Station, TX, 3United States Department of Agriculture, College Station, TX (439)

Perennial grass weeds are often of the most difficult to control weeds in a pasture setting. Smutgrass (Sporobolus indicus) can significantly impact forage quantity, and therefore lead to required reductions in livestock stocking rate to protect from forage overgrazing, ultimately impacting profitability. Traditionally this plant is difficult to control and requires high inputs of either time or monetary resources. Site specific weed management (SSWM) could not only lead to effective utilization of non-selective herbicide glyphosate to control smutgrass but can spare the forage such that it is sprayed only on the weed. In this study, pastureland infested with smutgrass was characterized by red, green, blue, near-infrared, and a canopy height model and further processed for the identification of smutgrass by a machine learning algorithm. 25 points where smutgrass was identified in two locations where then utilized for UAS (unmanned aerial system) spraying. Additionally, 25 plants were sprayed by individual plant treatment method (IPT) to compare the time and productivity of each event. On target percentage and control measures were taken to evaluate the effectiveness of the UAS spray application. Various markers of productivity indicate UAS mapping and spraying can be a viable option for SSWM, and that there is room for improvement.

 

 

 

How Much Pre-plant Weed Suppression is Practical for Riparian Forest Buffer Establishment? Arthur E. Gover*, Emily N. Rojik; Penn State, University Park, PA (440)

 

 

 

Evaluation of Factors That Influence Herbicide Spray Retention on Floating and Emergent Aquatic Vegetation. Christopher R. Mudge*1, Benjamin P. Sperry2, Michael W. Durham3, Kurt D. Getsinger4; 1U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center, Baton Rouge, LA, 2US Army Corps of Engineers, Gainesville, FL, 3University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 4U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, MS (441)

Management of invasive floating and emergent plants in the U.S. has been accomplished through the use if foliar applied aquatic herbicides. For decades, small-scale research trials and operational use has developed and improved use patterns and efficacy to selectively manage unwanted plants for most of the active ingredients registered in aquatic settings. However, limited information exists on what happens to the spray solution after being applied. One of the goals of plant management is to maximize herbicide retention on the target plant to aid in efficacy, but some deposition (or spray loss) reaches the water column when foliar applications are administered. As result of this data gap, several research trials were conducted in 2020 and 2021 in Baton Rouge, LA and Gainesville, FL to evaluate the influence of factors including spray trajectory angle, spray pattern type, and broadcast vs spot spray application methods on foliar applied spray retention vs. spray loss. Foliar applications of the fluorescent tracer dye rhodamine WT was used as a cost-effective herbicide surrogate to evaluate retention vs. spray loss under these various situations. Water hyacinth, water lettuce, and giant salvinia were the test species.

 

 

 

Control of Wolftail Sedge (Carex cherokeensis) in Forages. David P. Russell*; Auburn University, Madison, AL (442)

Wolftail sedge, or Cherokee sedge (Carex cherokeensis), is a cool-season perennial that resides among permanent forage pastures and hayfields across its native range in the Southeastern U.S. It is considered a weed that spreads by rhizomes, displaces desirable forage species, and lowers forage nutritive quality. Mechanical mowing has proven impractical, but 2,4-D has shown activity on established populations in Black Belt soils. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of 2,4-D when combined with herbicides with a history of sedge control. Field studies were conducted in north Alabama from 2020 to 2022 in wolftail sedge-infested tall fescue hayfields to determine proper herbicide selection and application timing to minimize the presence of sedge. Four ALS-inhibiting herbicide active ingredients (imazethapyr, sulfosulfuron, halosulfuron, and metsulfuron) were combined with 2,4-D ester and 2,4-D amine and compared to 2,4-D (ester and amine) alone, 2,4-D + florpyrauxifen-benzyl, and a non-treated check. These twelve herbicide treatments were arranged in a randomized complete block design and applied in the fall (late-November or early-December) and spring (March) to established wolftail sedge populations using a CO2-pressurized backpack sprayer in a carrier volume of 140 L ha-1 using AIXR11002 nozzles. Data collection included visual estimates of control, along with percent sedge occurrence using square meter quadrats at 6 and 2.5 months after the fall and spring application, respectively. All data were subjected to ANOVA using PROC GLIMMIX and means separated using Fisher's Protected LSD at a = 0.05. Application timing and herbicide treatment had a significant effect on percent occurrence. Collectively, spring treatments resulted in at least twice the level of control compared to fall applications. Data suggest that 2,4-D ester + imazethapyr (Pursuit) or 2,4-D ester + halosulfuron (Permit) should be applied during spring. Each of these spring treatments provided greater than 70% visual control three months following treatment. These treatments may also be applied during the fall for at least 59% visual sedge control which may provide greater forage safety especially in tall fescue pastures or hayfields.

 

 

 

Preventing Preventable Problems on the Farm. Eric P. Prostko*; University of Georgia, Tifton, GA (443)

Growers are under a tremendous amount of pressure to plant, spray, harvest, and pay the banker on-time. These factors coupled with weather, equipment, and personnel issues often lead to unwanted mishaps on the farm. One of the roles of an extension weed specialist is to help troubleshoot problems with the goal of improving the current situation (if possible) and preventing those problems from happening again in the future. Most weed science related problems can be traced back to specific weather events, sprayer cleanout, mixing errors, sprayer plumbing, inadequate record keeping, and label misinterpretation. Top 10 tips for preventing preventable problems on the farm include the following: 1) Phone/text a colleague before mixing/spraying; 2) Only have available on hand the products that need to be applied on the day of application; 3) Never use chemicals from unlabeled pesticide containers. Dispose of pesticides in unlabeled containers according to local requirements; 4) Before mixing/spraying, make sure spray tank is empty and that the sprayer has been properly cleaned; 5) Consider pesticide container color coding or painting. Some manufactures have different colored labels for different types of pesticides; 6) When applying multiple pesticides and/or fertilizers with 1 applicator, make sure spray lines are plumbed correctly; 7) Maintain adequate sprayer and field records to prevent misapplications; 8) Thoroughly review all pesticide labels before application. Label reform is needed to make it easier to find important topics of interest such as rain-free period or crop rotation restrictions; 9) Avoid solving every insect/weed/disease/fertility problem with a single application. It is more likely for undesirable mixing issues and crop injury to occur when multiple products are applied in a single application. Mixing sequence is important. Adequate research to address all possible tank-mixtures/application conditions is impossible; and 10) Pay close attention to weather conditions and nearby sensitive crops. The use of all off-target mitigation practices (nozzle type, GPA, boom height, tractor speed, pressure, drift retardants, etc.) does not guarantee 100% safety for neighboring sensitive crops.

 

 

 

And You Think Pigweed Control is a Challenge!! John D. Byrd, Jr.*, Kayla L. Broster, Thomas H. Duncan; Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS (444)

Extension Weed Scientists (Specialists), like County Extension Agents, are faced with a diverse array of questions posed by clientele. In 2022, an email from an architectural firm requested assistance with a weed management issue on a historical preservation project funded by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Windsor mansion was an antebellum Greek Revival mansion built in 1861 south of Port Gibson, MS for Smith Coffee Daniell II, a cotton planter. The 3-story 20 m by 20 m 1,600 m2 home was supported by 29 Corinthian columns built of brick handcast by plantation labor with an external stucco covering. Columns sit atop 3 m tall by 1.5 m square plinths and are topped with a cast iron capital. All that remain today are 23 mostly complete and 5 partial 12.2 m tall fluted columns as fire destroyed the mansion in 1890. The property was designated a Historic Place on the National Register in 1971 and a Mississippi Landmark in 1985. In the 1970's, the hollow columns were encapped with cement to prevent seed and other organic matter accumulation. Vandalism and weathering over time have caused chunks of stucco as well as cement bonding of bricks in the columns to deteriorate. A diverse spectrum of weedy vegetation has crawled into or emerged from stucco or cement gaps as well as from the remaining cast-iron capitals. Several species of sedges (Cyperus spp. and Carex spp.), including purple and yellow nutsedges (Cyperus rotundus and C. esculentus), dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon), poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans), Japanese climbing fern (Lygodium japonicum), dogfennel (Eupatorium capillifolium), smooth and southern crabgrass (Digitaria ischaemum and D. ciliaris), green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica), poplar (Populus alba), marestail (Conyza canadensis), ferns, white clover (Trifolium spp.), hyssopleaf sandmat (Chamaesyce hyssopifolia), American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis), trumpet creeper (Campsis radicans), green alder (Alnus viridis), Virginia pepperweed (Lepidium virginicum), hop clover (Trifolium campestre), Pennsylvania pellitory (Parietaria pensylvanica), wild violet (Viola spp.), and Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) could be identified from images provided by the architects and a site visit. The challenge presented by these restoration architects is to control these plants without the use of any salt, acid or other chemical compound that could damage the soft brick, cement, or stucco manufactured in the mid-1800's.

 

 

 

US-Herbicide Resistance Action Committee (HRAC): Who We Are and What We Do? Zahoor A. Ganie1, Greg Elmore2, Lowell Sandell3, Chandrashekar Aradhya*4; 1FMC, Newark, DE, 2Bayer Crop Science, Saint Louis, MO, 3Corteva, Ashland, NE, 4Bayer Crop Science, Chesterfield, MO (445)

United States-Herbicide Resistance Action Committee (US-HRAC) is an industry group operated by technical members of the companies represented in CropLife America. US-HRAC has a mission to protect crop yields and quality in the US by supporting fight against herbicide resistant weeds, and to promote proper product stewardship required to delay the evolution of new herbicide resistance issues. Diverse weed management approaches can help growers to mitigate the evolution and spread of herbicide-resistant weeds. We support development and distribution of research based technical information on diverse weed management strategies that are effective, reliable, practical, and economical. Our primary audience are Grower Influencers. These are industry experts (personnel, ag advisors, extension experts, retail agronomists etc.) who work directly with farmers. To achieve its goals USHRAC has three strategic focus areas that includes regulatory engagement, stakeholder engagement and communication.

 

 

 

Public Parks, Family Farms, and Cover Crops: Implementing Ecological Weed Management with Diverse Stakeholders in Oregon Hazelnuts. Steven Haring*, Marissa Lane-Massee, Cal Penkauskas, Alejandro Brambila, Ari Brown, Lauren Hallett; University of Oregon, Eugene, OR (446)

Cover crops can be a foundational tool for integrated pest management, but researchers face many challenges introducing cultural management practices to new cropping systems. These challenges are compounded when combining cover crops with other complex management goals such as ecological restoration, as well as when working outside of traditional agricultural institutions. Through a series of experiments using a translational ecology framework and adaptive management in hazelnut orchards, particularly using Willamette Valley native wildflower species as cover crops, we explored different modes of research with, by, and for various stakeholders. These experiments underscored the importance of practicing intentional community engagement in agricultural research, including different dimensions of stakeholder-created research questions, farmer research review, and reciprocity. By prioritizing these dimensions of community engagement, scientists both within and outside of traditional agricultural institutions can improve the robustness and practicality of their research.

 

 

 

Challenges with Co-existence of Multiple Herbicide-Resistant Soybean Traits. Amit J. Jhala*; University of Nebraska Lincoln, Lincoln, NE (447)

A number of herbicide-resistant soybean traits are available commercially in the market, making it complicated for growers to understand which soybean trait is resistant to what herbicide(s). The objectives of this project were (1) To provide information on seven herbicide-resistant soybean traits available in the marketplace and discuss which herbicides they are and resistant to, and (2) To provide information on factors to consider when applying post-emergence herbicides in multiple herbicide-resistant soybean, and (3) To create awareness about miss-application of post-emergence herbicide in soybean. Post-emergence herbicides must be selected depending on which soybean trait you have planted. For example, when Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybean is planted, dicamba-based herbicides such as XtendiMax, Engenia, or Tavium can be applied. Several growers rely on certified pesticide applicators for their herbicide application. Therefore, good communication is needed between the owners or leaseholder of the field and the certified applicators to make sure the applicator knows which soybean trait is planted in which field and what herbicide(s) to spray. There are some conventional/organic soybean growers in Nebraska. Care must be taken when conventional and organic soybean fields are in proximity to avoid off-target injury from post-emergence herbicides applied in multiple herbicide-resistant soybean. Organic and specialty crop growers should register on Drift Watch (https://ne.driftwatch.org/). This website is a voluntary communication tool that enables organic and specialty crop producers and pesticide applicators to work together to protect from off-target injury through use of mapping programs.

 

 

 

Climate Change and Weed Management: Synthesizing Information for New York Farmers. Caroline Marschner*1, Sharon Bachman2, Catalina Ferreria-Dias3, Isabella Colucci1, Rebecca Stup1, Claire Liu1, Antonio DiTommaso1; 1Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2Cornell Cooperative Extension, East Aurora, NY, 3Cornell University, Santa Ana, CA (448)

Climate change may increase the threats weeds pose to agricultural productivity by altering weed distributions, weed competitiveness, and management efficacy. To minimize agronomic impact, farmers require accurate predictions about how climate change will affect local weed communities. Factors associated with climate change have different effects on different weeds, climate impacts vary by region, and the messaging around weed management can be complex. We are conducting scoping reviews of current literature on three relevant questions for New York field crop and dairy farmers: 1) how does climate change impact herbicide efficacy, 2) what is known about range-shifting weeds that are likely to impact our farms, and 3) how will weed competitiveness change with the predicted changes to New York's climate? We have extracted data from 54peer-reviewed articles that focus or summarize research on herbicide efficacy and climate change. The articles included field studies, most of which were conducted in North America, as well as laboratory studies, simulations, and review articles. Of the 54 articles, 31 articles assessed the impacts of climate change on glyphosate efficacy. The most commonly studied aspects of climate change were carbon dioxide concentration, soil moisture, and temperature. The direction and magnitude of climate effects on herbicide efficacy varied based on specific herbicide, weed species, and even susceptible vs. herbicide-resistant biotypes of the same species. Qualitatively, elevated carbon dioxide tended to reduce herbicide efficacy for herbicide-resistant species and low soil moisture tended to reduce herbicide efficacy for C4 species. High temperatures tended to reduce herbicide efficacy in annual grasses and herbicide-resistant C4 species. The next steps of our project will be to connect the species and herbicide-specific information from our three scoping reviews with the 2023 climate projections for the Northeast, and work with New York weed scientists and extension professionals to develop practical weed management resources for New York farmers.

 

 

 

Advancing Physical Weed Control: Farmers Love Field Days, But On-farm Research is Very Challenging. Eric R. Gallandt*1, Daniel C. Brainard2; 1University of Maine, Orono, ME, 2Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI (449)

Physical weed control (PWC) remains a foundational part of a diverse weed management program on organic farms, with many farmers relying on time-tested, familiar tools. Unfortunately, most weeding tools offer relatively poor efficacy and selectivity; e.g., outcomes of 50% weed control and 10% crop stand reduction are not unusual. Because efficacy is typically density independent, the consequences of poor efficacy are greater with increasing initial weed densities as there are simply more surviving weeds. Increased weed survival, concomitant seed rain, high seeding densities, and poor efficacy often result in and increasing weed problem for these farmers. We are completing a four-year project in northern New England and the midwestern U.S. to test the hypothesis that improved PWC, as may be achieved with improved tool selection, adjustment, and perhaps stacking of tools, combined with proven methods to reduce the germinable weed seedbank, could establish a virtuous cycle of improved PWC and reduced weed seed rain resulting in a declining weed population. To encourage farmer adoption and testing of improved PWC tools and seedbank management we set up an ambitious program in which farmers would be provided funding to support an on-farm research intern, PWC tools that they considered promising improvements over their existing tools, as well as data and networking with other participating farmers. Despite the investment in farm personnel to encourage engagement and improve the quality of on-farm data, and our development of a professional Data Dashboard to aggregate and share participants' data, it was the rare case that could be considered a real success as we envisioned. Participating farmers were highly engaged when we delivered tools and worked with them to adjust and optimize settings, but the stresses of daily operations on these diverse organic vegetable farms ultimately overwhelmed their capacity to successfully establish, maintain, collect and post data and experiences from the replicated field experiments we designed based on their interests. The project could be considered a success as several participating farms either purchased, or decided not to purchase, new equipment based on this project. However, contrary to the data-driven decision-making we aimed to promote, field testing and observation were of far greater interest to the majority of our participating farmers.

 

 

 

A Story of Success and Challenges in Eradicating Palmer Amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) in Minnesota. Debalin Sarangi*1, Eric Y. Yu1, Anthony Brusa2, Shane Blair3, Monika Chandler3, Denise Thiede3, Anthony Cortilet3, Melissa Wilson1, Jeffrey Gunsolus1, Roger Becker1, Thomas J. Peters4; 1University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, 2University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN, 3Minnesota Department of Agriculture, St. Paul, MN, 4North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND (450)

Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri S. Watson), a native to the southwestern US, is the most problematic weed in row-crop production systems in the US. It was first reported in Minnesota in 2016 and currently, Palmer amaranth is a Minnesota Prohibited Noxious Weed, Eradicate Species, meaning that the weed must be eradicated whenever sighted. Since 2016, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) investigated potential sources for all Palmer amaranth infestations in the state, and contaminated commercial seed lots, sunflower screenings as livestock feed, and contaminated manure spreading on the fields were identified as the major pathways for Palmer amaranth introduction in the state. Therefore, MDA, University of Minnesota (UMN) Extension, Conservation Crops Minnesota and Iowa (CCMI), farmers, and other partners started working together to eradicate these infestations before this weed becomes a major problem in the state. Communications between these partners are still occurring with bimonthly meetings throughout the year. In 2016, Palmer amaranth-contaminated seed mixes were sown in 35 sites in Lyon and Yellow Medicine Counties as a part of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), but with the continuous monitoring and eradication efforts, no Palmer amaranth was found at any of these sites by 2018. MDA and the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, as recommended by the Legislative-Citizens Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) offered financial support to the UMN Research and Extension groups for leading the research and outreach efforts. Cost-effective genetic testing methods were developed to detect Palmer amaranth seeds in commercial seed lots. Several research projects are ongoing at UMN to determine how to detect, extract, and kill Palmer amaranth seeds in manure. Finally, we have learned that communication between the Department of Agriculture, legislators, university Extension personnel, researchers, farmers, and other stakeholders is the key to success in an effort like this. Our success is more likely to persist if the surrounding jurisdictions collaborate with us. dsarangi@umn.edu

 

 

 

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WSSA Public Awareness Committee Update. Theresa Piskackova*1, Eric Gustafson2; 1Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Prague 6 - Suchdol, Czechia (Czech Republic), 2Weed Science Society of America, Westminster, CO

 

 

 

Taxonomic Pattern in Seed Dormancy and its Breaking Methods in Globally Important Weed Species. Aniruddha Maity*, Akashdeep Singh; Auburn University, Auburn, AL (1)

Seed dormancy is the inability of a viable seed to germinate even under favourable conditions. It can be of a variety of forms, such as innate, induced, and enforced dormancy. Seed dormancy is an evolutionary critical trait that sustains species persistence by restricting seed germination under unfavourable ecological conditions that would normally allow a poor likelihood of seedling survival. Owing to the variable magnitude of seed dormancy, weed seeds hibernate in the soil seedbank and emerge periodically over many years, jeopardising the application timing of weed control strategies across global cropping systems. Understanding weed seed dormancy cycle is critical as to optimise the execution timing of available weed control strategies without interfering with the cash crop growth and development. To this effect, we reviewed 98 research studies conducted across five continents that included 50 globally important weed species from 18 taxonomic families. In this preliminary data mining, Portulaceae, Geraniaceae, Ambrosiceae, Polygonaceae, and Asteraceae family weed seeds were found to be more dormant than seeds from other families, with most weed species having a fresh seed dormancy of 90-100%. Panicum dichotomiflorum, a summer annual Poaceae weed, was found to show the greatest seed dormancy (93-100%). In laboratory condition, seed dormancy release by external treatments substantially varied according to the taxonomic family. The Poaceae weeds mostly released seed dormancy in exposure to incubation at high temperatures and/or with red light irradiation and imbibition or scarification using a number of chemicals such as potassium nitrate, gibberellic acid, and sulfuric acid. Whereas cold stratification (4?) and gibberellic acid under dark conditions were commonly used methods for breaking seed dormancy in the Amaranthaceae family. Such a data base with critical interpretation, once finalized, will help devising and incorporating appropriate seed dormancy breaking treatments into an integrated weed management strategy, which will aim to stimulate the weed seeds to germinate during pre-planting operations and be killed using pre-emergence herbicides. This will help in effective weed management by exhausting the weed seedbank and reducing the number of post-emergence herbicide applications, ultimately lessening the financial burden on farmers.

 

 

 

The Interaction of Pyroxasulfone and Flumioxazin Applied Preemergence for the Control of Multiple-herbicide-resistant Waterhemp [Amaranthus Tuberculatus (Moq) J.D. Sauer] in Soybean. James C. Ferrier, Nader Soltani*, Peter H. Sikkema; University of Guelph, Ridgetown, ON, Canada (2)

Six field experiments were conducted to investigate any interaction between pyroxasulfone and flumioxazin on soybean tolerance and control of multiple-herbicide-resistant (MHR) waterhemp in soybean during 2016 and 2017 in Ontario, Canada. There was a synergistic increase in soybean injury with the co-application of pyroxasulfone and flumioxazin at all rates evaluated at 2 weeks after emergence (WAE), the two highest rates evaluated (134/106 and 268/211 g ai ha-1) at 4 WAE, and the highest rate (268/211 g ai ha-1) evaluated at 8 WAE. Soybean injury with all pyroxasulfone and flumioxazin treatments was transient and had no adverse effect on soybean grain yield. Pyroxasulfone applied preemergence (PRE) at 45, 89, 134, and 268 g ai ha-1 controlled MHR waterhemp up to 72, 89, 92, and 95%, respectively. Flumioxazin applied PRE at 35, 70, 106, and 211 g ai ha-1 controlled MHR waterhemp up to 78, 90, 93, and 96%, respectively. Pyroxasulfone/flumioxazin applied PRE at 45/35, 89/70, 134/106, and 268/211 g ai ha-1 controlled MHR waterhemp up to 92, 96, 98 and 100%, respectively. There were no significant antagonistic or synergistic interactions for the control of MHR waterhemp with pyroxasulfone/flumioxazin at rates evaluated except at 268/211 g ai ha-1 which provided a synergistic increase in MHR waterhemp control at 4 WAE. The MHR waterhemp biomass and density reductions followed a similar trend as visible control. Pyroxasulfone/flumioxazin at 268/211 g ai ha-1 caused a synergistic response in biomass reduction (9% difference). Based on these results, there is an additive increase in MHR waterhemp control and potential for synergistic soybean injury with the co-application of pyroxasulfone plus flumioxazin.

 

 

 

Planting Green in Soybean: Evaluation of Residual Herbicide Interaction, Weed Control Programs, and Soybean Yield. Trey P. Stephens*, Amit J. Jhala; University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE (3)

 

 

 

Control of Larger Herbicide-Resistant Common Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifilia) in Soybean. Kurt M. Vollmer*; University of Maryland, Queenstown, MD (4)

Populations of common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia L.) in Maryland have developed resistance to herbicide groups 2, 9, and 14. This limits postemergence control options in soybean, in particular when common ragweed has exceeded 10 cm in height. Two studies were conducted to evaluate single and/or sequential applications of one or more herbicides for controlling ragweed common ragweed greater than 15 cm tall. In the first study, single applications containing 2,4-D, combinations of 2,4-D, fomesafen, and/or glufosinate, or sequential applications of one or more of these herbicides controlled common ragweed at least 92% when applied to 15 cm to 30 cm tall plants compared to a single application of fomesafen (79%) or glufosinate (83%) 3 wk after treatment (WAT). In the second study, 2,4-D, 2,4-D + glyphosate, glufosinate + glyphosate, 2,4-D + glufosinate + glyphosate controlled common ragweed at least 93% when applications were made to 15 cm to 30 cm tall common ragweed. However, when these same treatments were applied to 36 to 46 cm tall common ragweed there was an average 24% decrease in control. These results show tank-mixing herbicides or sequential applications are needed to provide optimal control of herbicide-resistant common ragweed once it has reached 15 cm to 30 cm in height; however, control is likely to decrease if applications are further delayed.

 

 

 

Urea Ammonium Nitrate as the Carrier for Preplant Burndown Herbicides. Kaone Mookodi*1, Jared Spackman2, Albert T. Adjesiwor1; 1University of Idaho, Kimberly, ID, 2University of Idaho, Aberdeen, ID (5)

Pre-plant weed control is a common practice for the Pacific northwest. The timing of the spring burndown herbicide application often coincides with starter nitrogen (N) application. Co-application of the herbicide and nitrogen fertilizer such as UAN, can reduce the number of trips to the farm, the labor costs and the costs of N and herbicide applications. However, there is a dearth of information on the effect of herbicide-N fertilizer mixtures on herbicide efficacy. Field studies was were conducted in the summer of 2021 and 2022 to evaluate the effect of urea ammonium nitrate (UAN; 32-0-0) rate (0, 25, 50, 75, and 100% of carrier volume) on the efficacy of three non-selective herbicides [glyphosate (1260 g ae ha-1), paraquat (560 g ai ha-1), and tiafenacil (74 g ai ha-1)]. There was no statistically significant effect of UAN volume on herbicide efficacy. Glyphosate, paraquat, and tiafenacil did not significantly reduce weed control efficacy when applied with UAN as a carrier. At 3 weeks after herbicide application, glyphosate efficacy ranged from 92 to 94% (broadleaved weeds) and 97 to 97% (grassy weed). Paraquat efficacy ranged from 72 to 78% (broadleaved weeds) and 63 to 87% (grassy weed). Tiafenacil efficacy ranged from 74 to 75% (broadleaved weeds) and 51 to 80% (grassy weed). Higher application volume may be needed to increase the efficacy of contact herbicides such as paraquat and tiafenacil.

 

 

 

Brake, Valor, and Their Tank-Mixture Combinations with Residual Herbicides for Broad- Spectrum Weed Management Programs in Mississippi Peanut. Taghi Bararpour*; Mississippi State University, Stoneville, MS (6)

Weed control is one of the most limiting factors facing peanut (Arachis hypogaea) producers in Mississippi. A field study was conducted in 2022 at the Delta Research and Extension Center, in Stoneville, Mississippi, to evaluate Brake, Valor, and their tank-mixture combinations with residual herbicides for broad- spectrum weed management programs in Mississippi peanut. Peanut (Georgia-06G) was planted at a seeding rate of eight seeds ft-1 on May 24, 2022 and emerged on May 30. Plot size was 13 ft wide by 20 ft long. The plot area contained Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri), entireleaf morningglory (Ipomoea hederacea var. integriuscula), prickly sida (Sida spinosa), broadleaf signalgrass (Urochloa platyphylla), and hemp sesbania (Sesbania herbacea). The study was designed as a randomized complete block with 18 treatments and four replications. Herbicide treatments were as follows (rate in oz/a): 1) Brake at 16; 2) Brake at 32; 3) Valor (flumioxazin) at 1.5; 4) Valor at 3; 5) Brake at 16 + Valor at 1.5; 6) Brake at 16 + Valor at 3; 7) Brake at 32 + Valor at 1.5; 8) Brake at 32 + Valor at 3; 9) Valor at 3 + Dual Magnum (S-metolachlor) at 32; 10) Strongarm (diclosulam) at 0.45 + Dual Magnum; 11) Brake at 16 + Dual Magnum; 12) Valor at 3 + Brake at 16 + Dual Magnum; 13) Valor at 3 + Dual Magnum + Strongarm; 14) Valor at 3 + Dual Magnum + Strongarm + Brake at 16; 15) Brake at 16 + Strongarm + Dual Magnum; 16) Brake at 16 + Warrant (acetochlor) at 48; 17) Brake at 16 + Warrant + Valor at 1.5: and 18) nontreated check. All treatments were applied preemergence (PRE). Peanut injury was 11 and 2; 23 and 13; 4 and 1; 10 and 5; 6 and 3; 11 and 9; 7 and 3; 8 and 5; 11 and 11; 0 and 3; 10 and 2; 1 and 1; 0 and 0; 0 and 0; 2 and 0; 2 and 0; 0 and 0 from treatment 1 through 17 at 1- and 2- weeks after emergence (WAE), respectively. There was no peanut injury after 4 WAE. Palmer amaranth control was > 95% for treatment 3, 4, 6, 9, 12, and 15 at 6 WAE. Entireleaf morningglory control was 95, 99, 95, 100, 100, and 100% from treatment 5, 9, 10, 13, 14, and 15 at 6 WAE, respectively. The application of treatment 16 and 17 provided only 68 and 74% entireleaf morningglory control, respectively. All herbicide treatments provided 95 to 100% control of prickly sida. Hemp sesbania control was 98 to 100% from all herbicide applications. Broadleaf signalgrass was a difficult weed to control. Treatment 1 through 17 provided 49, 66, 64, 67, 81, 84, 91, 85, 98, 95, 91, 95, 100, 100, 100, 64, and 69% control of broadleaf signalgrass at 6 WAE, respectively. Based on this study, treatments 13 (Valor at 3 + Dual Magnum + Strongarm) and 14 (Valor at 3 + Dual Magnum + Strongarm + Brake at 16) were the best applications in terms of longer residual activity and broad-spectrum weed control.

 

 

 

Weed Control Efficacy and Dry Bean Response to Preemergence Herbicide Activation Timing. Prayusha Bhattarai*1, Albert T. Adjesiwor2; 1University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, 2University of Idaho, Kimberly, ID (7)

Field experiments were conducted in 2021 and 2022 to evaluate the effect of irrigation timing on EPTC, flumioxazin, pyroxasulfone, and flumioxazin plus pyroxasulfone weed control efficacy and safety in dry beans. There were 14 treatments arranged in a randomized complete block with four replications. Treatments comprised of a weedy and hand-weeded check, and EPTC (3,430 g ai ha-1), flumioxazin (53.6 g ai ha-1), pyroxasulfone (119 g ai ha-1), and flumioxazin + pyroxasulfone (70.4 + 89.3 g ai ha-1) incorporated with overhead irrigation at 1, 4, and 8 days after herbicide treatment (DAT). Activation timing did not affect the phytotoxicity of flumioxazin. Delaying activation until 8 days after herbicide application resulted in 11 and 19% phytotoxicity in the pyroxasulfone and flumioxazin + pyroxasulfone treatments, respectively, but the crop recovered within 5 weeks after treatment. Activation timing did not affect the efficacy of flumioxazin, pyroxasulfone and flumioxazin + pyroxasulfone. However, flumioxazin + pyroxasulfone provided better weed control compared to flumioxazin or pyroxasulfone applied alone, irrespective of the activation timing. Delaying EPTC activation until 8 days after treatment reduced weed control by 48 to 59% compared to 1 day after treatment activation timing. Herbicide treatment and activation timing did not reduce dry bean yield. Seed yield was 223 kg ha-1 in the weedy check and 1,420 to 2,657 kg ha-1 in herbicide-treated plots which were statistically similar to the hand-weeded check. Uncontrolled weeds reduced dry bean yield by 91% compared to the hand-weeded check.

 

 

 

Postharvest Control of Russian Thistle (Salsola kali) in Spring Wheat Stubble. Fernando H. Oreja*1, Drew J. Lyon2, Jennifer A. Gourlie3, Henry C. Wetzel2, Judit Barroso1; 1Oregon State University, Adams, OR, 2Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 3Oregon State University, Pendleton, OR (8)

In the rainfed cropping region of the US Inland Pacific Northwest (PNW), water consumption by crops and weeds is an important component of the water balance in agroecosystems. In these systems, the period after harvest is important to accumulate enough water for the next crop to achieve an economically viable yield. Salsola tragus L. is one of the dominant broadleaf weeds in semi-arid regions of the PNW, especially in no-till fallow. After harvest Russian thistle increases root growth and consumes up to 60% of the water it will use during its entire life cycle. Chemical weed control is the most important weed management tool in no-tillage systems. The size and maturity of Russian thistle post-harvest and increasing herbicide resistance may make it more difficult to control with herbicides. This may also be influenced by low water status in the plants, since this is typically a very dry period in the climate of the PNW. This research was to look at the optimum timing of glyphosate as well as to determine if there were other modes of action that could be rotated for control of Russian thistle. The objective of this research was to determine the efficacy of different post-harvest application timings (24 h after harvest, 1 week after harvest (WAH), 2 WAH, and 3 WAH) of three herbicide treatments at different heights. In a split-plot block design with four replicates, two experiments were conducted in Adams, Oregon and Lind, Washington, repeated in two consecutive years. The herbicides applied were paraquat, glyphosate, and either a pre-mix of bromoxynil + pyrasulfotole at Lind or bromoxynil + metribuzin at Adams. Efficacy was evaluated at three, six, and nine weeks after treatment (WAT) at Adams, and one, two, three and four WAT at Lind. Paraquat provided the greatest control in all scenarios (100%). The pre-mixtures with bromoxynil performed better than glyphosate, in general. Treatments with glyphosate and pre-mixtures with bromoxynil performed better on short stubble than on tall stubble (94% vs 83%). At Lind, the greatest control with glyphosate was achieved applying it 1 WAH (91% in 2020 and 74% in 2021). The best option to control Russian thistle and reduce water consumption for the next season is the application of paraquat or glyphosate/pre-mixtures with bromoxynil as soon as possible after harvest on short stubble.

 

 

 

Identification of Palmer Amaranth Using Machine Learning. Akhilesh Sharma*1, Vipan Kumar2, Ajay Sharda1, William Hsu1; 1Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 2Kansas State University, Hays, KS (9)

Rapid evolution of herbicide-resistant (HR) Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri S. Wats.) populations and increasing costs of their control build a strong rationale for developing site-specific Palmer amaranth management strategies. Site-specific Palmer amaranth control warrants its rapid and accurate detection in various cropping situations. The main objectives of this research were (1) to identify and detect Palmer amaranth plants using two open-source object detection algorithms (Detectron2 and YOLOv7x), and (2) compare the performance of both object detection algorithms for speed and accuracy in Palmer amaranth detection. A soybean field site with natural infestation of Palmer amaranth population was established in the 2022 growing season at Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center near Hays, KS. Images (total 372) of Palmer amaranth plants at various vegetative growth stages (cotyledons to 76 cm tall) were manually collected using a GoPro Hero camera at ground level. All collected images were pre-processed to the size of 640 x 640 pixels and were manually annotated with bounding boxes with 650 total annotations. The annotated images of Palmer amaranth were used to train open-source Meta's Detectron2 with fast regional convolutional (Fast R-CNN) configuration and YOLO (you only look once) v7x algorithms. We used mean average precision (mAP) and inference speed metrics to evaluate the accuracy and speed of both object detection algorithms in identifying and locating Palmer amaranth. Results indicated that both Detectron2 and YOLO v7x algorithms performed well in detecting Palmer amaranth. The YOLOv7x algorithm achieved the mAP score of 78.4% @0.5 and 51.9 % @ 0.75 and an inference speed of 30.8 milliseconds. However, the Detectron2 algorithm with Fast R-CNN configuration had the mAP score of 80.76% @0.5 and 45.58% @0.75 and an inference time of 0.2 seconds. These results suggest that the YOLOv7x algorithm can play a critical role in site-specific weed management by detecting Palmer amaranth plants more accurately and about 6.5 times faster than Detectron2 in agricultural fields. Contact E-mail: akhileshsharma@ksu.edu

 

 

 

Drill-Spacing And Bed Width Influence on Canopy Coverage, Weed Control and Yield in Furrow-Irrigated Rice. Koffi Badou-Jeremie Kouame*1, Thomas R. Butts1, Noah H. Reed2, Brad M. Davis1, Leah M. Collie3, Troy W. Dillon1, Jason K. Norsworthy2, Tom Barber1, Jarrod Hardke4, Jason A. Bond5, Hunter D. Bowman6; 1University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Lonoke, AR, 2University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, 3University of Arkansas, Lonoke, AR, 4University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Stuttgart, AR, 5Mississippi State University, Stoneville, MS, 6Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS (10)

Furrow-irrigated rice is a relatively new production system in the Mid-South for which the critical cultural practice of flooding is removed. Thus, a viable option for an integrated weed management program is lacking, negatively impacting weed management efforts. Therefore, alternative production practices and management strategies are needed in this production system. Field experiments were conducted in 2021 and 2022 in Lonoke and Pine Tree (Arkansas) to investigate the impact of drill row spacing and bed width on weed control, canopy coverage, and rough rice yield in furrow-irrigated rice. A randomized complete block split-plot design was used with four replications. Treatments consisted of three bed widths (whole plot factor) (76-cm, 97-cm, and 152-cm) and four drill row spacings (subplot factor) (13-, 19-, 25-, and 38-cm). Hybrid rice cultivar RT7521 FP was drill-seeded and standard practices for fertility and irrigation were followed. Barnyardgrass density was assessed at the 5- to 6-leaf rice stage and preharvest. Aerial digital images from small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) were collected at the 3-6 leaf and panicle differentiation stages and processed with Field Analyzer software to estimate canopy coverage. Rice was harvested with a plot combine at maturity, and rough rice yield was adjusted to 13% moisture. Results showed that across locations and years, barnyardgrass density at both the 5- to 6-leaf rice stage and preharvest stage was influenced by bed width and drill row spacing. In general, as drill row spacing increased, barnyardgrass density also increased. However, as bed width increased, the beneficial effects observed of narrower drill row spacings (13- and 19-cm) were minimized or negated completely. In 2021, rice yield was greater for 76-cm bed widths in Pine Tree while no differences were detected between bed widths in Lonoke. In contrast, in 2022, 76-cm bed widths had the lowest yields at both locations. Rough rice yield was greatest for the 13-cm drill row spacing in three of four site-years. Averaged across bed widths at the 3-6 leaf stage, the 13- and 19-cm drill row spacings had the greatest canopy coverage in Lonoke and Pine Tree, respectively. At the panicle differentiation stage, averaged across locations, canopy coverage was numerically greater for smaller drill row spacings (13- and 19-cm), but no statistical differences were detected. Despite large variability observed in the data, probably due to furrow-irrigated planting practices that affected crop stand in some plots, this research demonstrated that greater rice canopy coverage and weed suppression could be provided by narrower drill row spacings (13- and 19-cm) while optimizing rough rice yield. Keywords: drill-spacing, bed width, yield, barnyardgrass, canopy coverage.

 

 

 

Evaluating the Metabolic Response of Cloquintocet-Mexyl in Winter Wheat. William Kramer*, Todd A. Gaines, Franck E. Dayan; Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO (11)

Cloquintocet-mexyl is a popular herbicide safener that selectively boosts crop herbicide metabolism while not compromising weed control. Enhanced crop safety is commonly achieved through increased expression of genes involved in herbicide metabolism. Previous literature connects cloquintocet-mexyl to transcriptional activation of genes that encode for various detoxifying enzymes, particularly glutathione-S-transferase (GST). In this research, cloquintocet-mexyl is used as a tool to modulate herbicide metabolism in winter wheat to identify genes that are involved in enhanced herbicide tolerance. To investigate the transcriptomic response associated with this potential differential metabolism, wheat was sprayed with 10 g ha -1 of cloquintocet-mexyl and leaf-tissue was sampled 12-hours after application. Total RNA was extracted and used to generate paired-end cDNA Illumina libraries for sequencing. Differential gene expression results indicate that various metabolic enzymes are responding to cloquintocet-mexyl applications. Many upregulated genes are directly associated with GST enzyme induction and have previously been reported to respond to cloquintocet-mexyl applications. More specifically, these genes have been previously identified as the mechanism of non-target site resistance in various weed species. The selected GST genes will serve as targets to further understand the molecular mechanism associated with cloquintocet-mexyl applications in wheat. Ultimately, inducible GSTs genes involved in herbicide metabolism can be used as molecular markers for future wheat breeding programs.

 

 

 

Confirmation of Glyphosate Resistance in New York Palmer Amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) Populations and Response to Alternative Chemistries. Aleah L. Butler-Jones*1, Elizabeth C. Maloney2, Lynn M. Sosnoskie2; 1Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2Cornell University, Geneva, NY (12)

Chemical weed control has been the primary approach to managing weeds in production settings due to its high efficacy and relatively low cost. Glyphosate has been extensively used, particularly on acreage planted to herbicide-tolerant agronomic crops. The repeated use of glyphosate over space and time has facilitated the spread of glyphosate-resistant weeds, including Palmer amaranth. Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) is one of the most troublesome weeds due to its fast growth, high fecundity, potential to severely reduce crop yields, and the evolution of herbicide resistance. Though it is primarily found in the South and Midwest, Palmer amaranth was recently identified in a limited number of soybean fields in New York (NY). In 2021 and 2022, dose-response studies were conducted under greenhouse conditions to evaluate the response of three populations of Palmer amaranth (NY-Orange County, NY-Steuben County, Nebraska (known sensitive)) to glyphosate. Seed were planted in 7.6 cm diameter pots filled with a commercial potting mix and placed in a greenhouse set to a constant temperature of 25C with a 16:8 light:dark cycle. Seedlings were hand-thinned to one plant per pot and treated with glyphosate at the 2 to 4 leaf stage at doses of: 0.07, 0.14, 0.28, 0.56 (1X rate), 1.12, 2.24, and 4.48 kg ae ha-1 of Roundup PowerMax (Bayer Crop Science). Applications were made using a cabinet sprayer with a single nozzle (8002E, Teejet Technologies) boom set to deliver 187 L ha-1. Each herbicide by rate combination was replicated up to 12 times for each of the four horseweed populations and the study was repeated in time. At 21 days after treatment, surviving plants were harvested and weighed to assess biomass accumulation. Data was analyzed with mixed models ANOVA and log-logistic regression using R statistical software. Results demonstrated significant (P < 0.05) differences among the populations with respect to herbicide injury responses. The sensitive Nebraska population was effectively controlled at all rates tested. New York Palmer amaranth populations had plants surviving glyphosate applications up to 2.24 kg ae ha-1, although resulting biomass was significantly reduced (-65% Orange County, -56% Steuben County) under greenhouse conditions. Additional screens indicate that all three Palmer populations were also resistant to ALS-inhibiting herbicides used in soybean production, but sensitive to other modes of action including WSSA 10 (glufosinate), WSSA 14 (acifluorfen, fomesafen), and WSSA 27 (mesotrione). 2023 studies will describe the mechanisms of glyphosate resistance in the NY populations.

 

 

 

Does Row Spacing Matter for Weed Suppression in Corn and Soybean Cropping Systems? A Meta-analysis. Mandeep Singh*1, Resham Thapa2, Navdeep Singh3, Steven Brian Mirsky4, Amit J. Jhala1; 1University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, 2USDA-ARS Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Beltsville, NC, 3Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India, 4USDA ARS, Beltsville, MD (13)

Narrow row spacing (<76 cm) is generally advocated for weed suppression and yield benefits in row crops, especially soybean. Many studies have assessed the effect of narrow rows on weed suppression in corn and soybean. However, the results from these studies have not been compiled for quantitative synthesis. Therefore, we are conducting a meta-analysis to estimate the overall effect of narrow rows on weed suppression in corn and soybean in the United States. We searched the relevant keywords (row spacing OR row width AND corn soybean OR maize OR weed control) in google scholar, Scopus, and weed science journals. This gave us 35 relevant studies. Weed control and crop yield data for row spacing treatments were extracted from these studies to calculate overall effect sizes. Preliminary analysis indicates that narrow rows were usually beneficial in suppressing weeds in soybean, but not so in corn. The detailed results of this meta-analysis will be presented at the conference.

 

 

 

Response of Glyphosate-Resistant Kochia (Bassia scoparia) to Dichlorprop-P, 2,4-D, Dicamba Alone or Their Premixture. Sachin Dhanda*1, Vipan Kumar1, Augustine Obour1, Elizabeth Yeager2, John Holman3, Anita Dille2; 1Kansas State University, Hays, KS, 2Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 3Kansas State University, Garden City, KS (14)

The widespread evolution of multiple herbicide-resistant (MHR) kochia has become a serious management challenge for producers across the North American Great Plains. Main objective of this research was to investigate the response of MHR kochia populations to POST applied 2,4-D, dichlorprop-p, and dicamba alone or in a premixture (2,4-D/dichlorprop-p/dicamba). Dose-response experiments were conducted in a greenhouse and in a fallow field at Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center in Hays (KSU-ARCH), KS. Two previously confirmed MHR kochia populations (resistant to glyphosate/dicamba/fluroxypyr/atrazine/metribuzin) from Garden City, KS along with one susceptible population from Hays, KS were tested in greenhouse study. The field site had natural infestation of glyphosate-resistant (GR) kochia. Both field and greenhouse experiments were conducted in a randomized complete block design with 4 and 12 replications, respectively. The tested doses for 2,4-D were 0, 269, 538, 1076, 2152, 4304, and 8608 g ae ha-1. Dichlorprop-p doses including 0, 280, 560, 840,1120, 1400, 1680, and 3360 g ae ha-1 were tested. Dicamba doses were 0, 140, 280, 560, 840, and 1120 g ae ha-1. A premixture of 2,4-D/dichlorprop-p/dicamba was tested at 0, 373, 746, 1119, 1492, and 2238 g ae ha-1. Data on percent visual control of MHR or GR kochia at 7, 14, and 28 days after treatment (DAT) and biomass reduction (%) at 28 DAT were recorded. In field study, the predicted 2,4-D, dichlorprop-p, dicamba, and 2,4-D/dichlorprop-p/dicamba doses that provided 90% control of GR kochia were 23177, 2222, 1272, and 772 g ha-1 at 28 DAT, respectively. In greenhouse study, the predicted 2,4-D, dichlorprop-p, dicamba, and 2,4-D/dichlorprop-p/dicamba doses that provided 90% control of MHR kochia populations were 56200 to 117843, 2484 to 8832, 3501 to 5323, and 817 to 1015 g ha-1 at 28 DAT, respectively. In contrast, only 471 g ha-1 dose of 2,4-D/dichlorprop-p/dicamba premixture was needed for 90% control of the susceptible kochia population. Altogether, these results suggest that 2,4-D, dichlorprop-p, and dicamba in a premixture may possibly act synergistically for control of GR, MHR, or susceptible kochia populations.

 

 

 

Impacts of Florpyrauxifen-benzyl on Rice and Smallflower Umbrella Sedge, Cyperus difformis, at Different Growth Stages. Deniz Inci*, Kassim Al-Khatib; University of California, Davis, Davis, CA (15)

Cyperus difformis L. (CYPDI), smallflower umbrella sedge, is a troublesome sedge weed in California (CA) rice agroecosystem. The repeatedly use of the same modes of action herbicides and the lack of crop rotation have resulted in herbicide-resistant CYPDI. Florpyrauxifen-benzyl (FB), Loyant, is a new synthetic auxin-type herbicide recently registered for CA rice. The application timing of FB is from the two-leaf rice growth stage until 60 days before harvest. Two field research experiments were conducted during the 2021 and 2022 growing seasons at the California Rice Experiment Station in Biggs, CA, to elucidate rice and CYPDI response to FB when applied at different growth stages. In the first study, clomazone at 622 g ai/ha was applied to all plots except untreated control (UTC), and FB was applied at 40 g ai/ha to 1-leaf, 10, 15, 20, and 25 cm height CYPDI growth stages. In the second study, FB was applied at 40 and 80 g ai/ha after the rice panicle initiation. All FB treatments included methylated seed oil at a 584 ml/ha rate. Both studies were conducted as a randomized complete block design, where experimental units were 3X6 m treatment plots. All plots were evaluated for weed control and crop injury at 7, 14, 21, 28, 35, and 42 days after treatments (DAT). Weeds were counted at 28 DAT within two randomly selected areas in each plot, and plots were harvested at the end of the season, and the yield was measured. FB at the 1-leaf stage was the most effective treatment for CYPDI at 28 DAT with 98% control and for Echinochloa species (1ECHG) at 42 DAT with 100% control. The highest yield at harvest was achieved as 12,432 kg/ha at 25 cm CYPDI growth stage application. In the second study, after rice panicle initiation applications, the highest necrosis, 32%, was observed at 7 DAT of FB at 80 g ai/ha treatment. Rice gradually recovered from all the injuries by the 42 DAT. FB at 80 g ai/ha was the most effective treatment. The highest CYPDI and 1ECHG control were observed at 42 DAT at 96% and 93%, respectively. Nevertheless, the highest yield at harvest was achieved as 9,620 kg/ha at FB at 40 g ai/ha treatment. While 40 and 80 g ai/ha FB treatments caused 8% grain blanking in rice panicles, UTC showed 14% blanking. Correspondence: inci@ucdavis.edu

 

 

 

Late-Season Control of Glyphosate-Resistant Palmer Amaranth with Glufosinate in XtendFlex Soybean. Vipan Kumar*1, Sachin Dhanda1, Rui Liu2, Amit J. Jhala3; 1Kansas State University, Hays, KS, 2Washington State University, Prosser, WA, 3University of Nebraska Lincoln, Lincoln, NE (16)

Glyphosate-resistant (GR) Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri L.) has rapidly spread in the Central Great Plains, including Kansas. The commercialization of newly developed glyphosate/dicamba/glufosinate (GDG)-resistant soybean (Glycine max L.) varieties allows POST applications of dicamba and glufosinate for in-season control of GR Palmer amaranth. However, the cutoff date for in-season dicamba applications in GDG-resistant soybeans is June 30 to prevent dicamba drift to sensitive crops, leaving glufosinate as sole herbicide option for late-season control of GR Palmer amaranth. The main objectives of this research were to (1) determine the effectiveness of late-season applications of glufosinate for GR Palmer amaranth control, and (2) the impact of those glufosinate applications on grain yields in GDG-resistant soybeans. Field experiments were conducted in 2022 growing season at Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center in Hays, KS. A GDG-resistant soybean variety 'AG37XF1' was planted on May 25, 2022. Study site had a natural infestation of GR Palmer amaranth. Total ten treatments comprising various glufosinate rates (594, 655, and 737 g ha-1), timings (single or sequential), and tank-mix combinations were tested on 70 to 90 cm tall Palmer amaranth. A nontreated weedy check and a sequential treatment of glyphosate followed by (fb) glyphosate were also included. Study was conducted in a randomized complete block design with four replications. Data on percent visual control of GR Palmer amaranth were collected at 7, 14, and 28 days after treatment (DAT) and shoot dry weight reduction (% of nontreated) at soybean maturity were collected. Results indicated that single application of glufosinate at 655 or 737 g ha-1 and all sequential applications of glufosinate provided an excellent (87 to 93%) control of GR Palmer amaranth 28 DAT, which did not differ for glufosinate + acifluorfen and glufosinate + pyroxasulfone + fluthiacet-methyl treatments. GR Palmer amaranth control with single application of glufosinate at 594 g ha-1 or glufosinate + s-metolachlor (655 + 1337 g ha-1) was moderate (82 to 84%). The least control (11%) was observed with a sequential treatment of glyphosate fb glyphosate. Majority of the tested treatments reduced shoot biomass of GR Palmer amaranth by 83 to 91% and the least reduction (33%) was observed with glyphosate fb glyphosate treatment. Majority of the tested glufosinate-based treatments resulted in soybean grain yield of 626 to 701 kg ha-1. The least soybean grain yield (270 kg ha-1) was observed with sequential treatment of glyphosate fb glyphosate. These results suggest that single applications of glufosinate at 655 or 737 g ha-1 or sequential applications in late-season can provide effective control of tall GR Palmer amaranth in GDG-resistant soybeans.

 

 

 

Weed Survey in Colorado Sugarbeet Farms Reveals Resistance to Dicamba and Glyphosate. Andr Lucas Simes Araujo*, Eric P. Westra, Todd A. Gaines; Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO (17)

Colorado is part of the Central Great Plains where sugarbeet is produced. Weed competition causes severe sugarbeet yield losses. Glyphosate is one of the most used post-emergence herbicides to control weeds in transgenic glyphosate-resistant sugarbeet. Resistance cases in weeds to this mode of action are a current problem in sugarbeet farms. A new genetically engineered trait for sugarbeets is under development that will confer resistance to glufosinate, glyphosate, and dicamba. Since these three active ingredients have a history of use in fallow and crop rotations in the region, growers are concerned that resistance for those molecules may already exist. The research objective was to perform a resistance survey to evaluate the trait efficacy for Colorado. Thirty-seven sugarbeet fields in Colorado were visited in the Fall of 2021, and three weed species were surveyed: kochia (Bassia scoparia), common lambsquarters (Chenopodium album), and Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri). The collection was created by selecting and combining seeds from 10-15 weed plants present in each sugarbeet field. From each collection site, 32 seeds were planted and screened with glyphosate (840 g ae ha-1 + AMS 20g/L), glufosinate (590 g ae ha-1 + AMS 2.5lb/a), and dicamba (280 g ae ha-1 + NIS 0.25% v/v) at the spray volume of 187 L/ha. Populations were graded as susceptible (0% to 2% survival), low resistance (2% to 20% survival) and resistant (20% to 100% survival). Resistance mechanisms in the kochia populations were investigated. Increased EPSPS gene copy number assays were conducted in accessions that survived glyphosate. For dicamba-resistant populations, Sanger sequencing was performed to verify the occurrence of a mutation in the IAA16 degron. Twenty-six kochia populations, one common lambsquarters population, and two Palmer amaranth populations were identified with a resistance frequency of over 20% survival to glyphosate. Three kochia populations were identified with over 20% survival to dicamba. Populations resistant to glufosinate were not identified. Resistance to dicamba was not identified in common lambsquarters and Palmer amaranth populations. Resistance in the majority of kochia populations tested so far is likely due increased EPSPS copy number. A mutation, gly to asn, in the IAA16 degron was identified in one population that possessed low resistance frequency. This mutation in the IAA16 degron was not identified in populations classified as resistant, and the resistant mechanism in those populations remains unknown. Although the new sugarbeet trait will facilitate growers in managing weeds, concerns about the long-term utility of this technology should be considered based on resistance occurrence before the trait launches. Integrated pest-management approaches must be associated with this technology to mitigate resistance evolution in the Central Great Plains.

 

 

 

Impact of Soil-Applied Herbicides on Early Planted Soybean. Matthew S. Goddard*, Christy L. Sprague; Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI (18)

The number of days that a farmer has to conduct field operations in the spring are declining, due to more variable higher rainfall events. Early soybean planting is one way that growers are adapting to overcome these challenges. Currently, very little information is available on the effectiveness and crop safety of soil-applied preemergence (PRE) for early planted soybean. A field study was conducted in 2022 at two locations, East Lansing (EL) and Frankenmuth, MI (SVREC) to: 1) compare PRE and delayed PRE (DPRE) herbicide applications in early planted soybean, and 2) examine weed control and crop safety of several PRE herbicides in early versus normal planted soybean. Soybean was planted on April 20 and May 20 (~4 weeks later) for the early and normal planted soybean, respectively. The treatments of: metribuzin, flumioxazin, s-metolachlor, pyroxasulfone, saflufenacil + metribuzin + pyroxasulfone and metribuzin + flumioxazin were applied immediately after planting for each planting date. Metribuzin, flumioxazin, s-metolachlor, and pyroxasulfone were also applied as a DPRE (~80 GDD) in the early planted soybean. A weed-free and untreated control were included in each planting time. When weeds were ~10 cm tall 2,4-D choline + glyphosate + ammonium sulfate was applied POST. Averaged across all herbicides, the DPRE application reduced soybean stand 10% and the DPRE of flumioxazin at EL caused 20% injury, 21 day after emergence (DAE). The DPRE of pyroxasulfone also resulted in 92% more weed biomass at POST compared with pyroxasulfone PRE. However, there was no differences in weed biomass between the PRE and DPRE for the other herbicide treatments. Yield was also 12% lower from the DPRE treatments compared with the PRE treatments for early planted soybean at EL. At SVREC, there were no differences between the PRE and DPRE treatments. At EL, there was a 25% stand reduction between the early and normal planted soybean, regardless of herbicide treatment. Even though stand was lower in the early planted soybean, none of the soil-applied treatments caused more injury than the normal planted soybean, 21 DAE. At the time of POST herbicide application, all PRE treatments provided similar reductions in weed biomass with the exception of metribuzin and s-metolachlor in the early planted soybean. Differences in biomass between the early and normal planting were 98 and 91% for metribuzin and s-metolachlor, respectively. At this location, soybean yield was 15% higher for the normal planted soybean compared with the early planting, much of this may have been due to overall reduced stands from crusting early in the season. At SVREC, there were no differences in weed biomass between the planting times or herbicide treatments, or in soybean yield across both planting dates and weed control treatments. Overall, more work is needed to examine weed control systems in early planted soybean.

 

 

 

Estimating Harvest Loss of Corn from Growers' Fields in Nebraska and Implication for Volunteerism. Trey P. Stephens1, Vipin Kumar*2, Jenny Rees3, Amit J. Jhala1; 1University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, 2Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Painter, VA, 3University of Nebraska-Lincoln, York, NE (19)

Corn is one of the most important commodities for Nebraska agriculture, grown over 3.9 million ha in 2022. Most of the corn cultivars/hybrids grown in Nebraska are resistant to herbicides like 2,4-D, glyphosate, glufosinate, and quizalofop which help in diversifying herbicide program for weed management in corn. However, harvest loss of herbicide-resistant (HR) corn results in infestation of HR volunteer corn in rotated and corn-corn cropping systems, which is a serious concern. To estimate the extent of corn harvest loss and its implication for volunteer corn infestations in successive years, 26 and 21 corn growers' fields were sampled for corn harvest loss in six counties across southeastern and south-central Nebraska in 2020 and 2021, respectively. From each field, 16 samples were collected for loose kernels and ears using 0.5 m2 quadrat, following a W pattern. Loose kernels and kernels separated from ears were dried and adjusted to 15.5% moisture content before taking 100 count seed weight. Germination test was conducted to estimate the seed bank addition of volunteer corn. Average kernel loss was 68 8.8 and 33 3 m-2 which equaled to yield loss of 209 28.1 and 111 10.9 kg ha-1 in 2020 and 2021, respectively. Harvest loss equates to 2% and 1% of statewide average corn yield for Nebraska in 2020 (10893 kg ha-1) and 2021 (12177 kg ha-1), respectively. Germination percentage for harvest loss kernels was found to be 51%, which result in addition of 35 4.5 and 17 1.5 germinable volunteer seed m-2 area.

 

 

 

Molecular Basis for Resistance to ACCase-inhibiting Herbicides in Downy Brome (Bromus tectorum) Populations. Victor Ribeiro*1, Caio A. Brunharo2, Carol Mallory-Smith1, Darrin Walenta3, Judit Barroso4; 1Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, 2Penn State University, University Park, PA, 3Oregon State University, La Grande, OR, 4Oregon State University, Adams, OR (20)

The prevalent use of acetyl-coenzyme A carboxylase (ACCase)-inhibiting herbicides for downy brome (Bromus tectorum L.) control in fine fescue (Festuca L. spp.) grown for seed has selected ACCase inhibitor-resistant downy brome populations. The objectives of this study were to (1) evaluate the response of nine downy brome populations to ACCase-inhibiting herbicides and the acetolactate synthase (ALS) inhibitor sulfosulfuron and (2) characterize the resistance mechanisms. Greenhouse dose-response studies were conducted in a completely randomized design with six replications. Herbicide rates tested ranged from 0 to 8X for sethoxydim (X = 525 g a.i ha-1), clethodim (X = 136 g a.i ha-1), fluazifop (X = 140 g a.i ha-1), quizalofop (X = 92 g a.i ha-1), and sulfosulfuron (X = 35 g a.i ha-1), where X is the labeled herbicide rate. Downy brome biomass was collected 14 days after treatment, dried, and weighed. Three and four-parameter log-logistic models were fitted to the relative biomass (% of untreated control) data to estimate the rates to reduce growth by 50% and resistance ratios (RR). All populations were resistant to fluazifop (RR =2.7), clethodim (=5.0), quizalofop (=14.2), and sethoxydim (=15.5) when compared to a susceptible population. All populations were susceptible to sulfosulfuron. ACCase gene sequencing revealed a single nucleotide polymorphism that encodes amino acid position 2096, resulting in a Gly2096Ala substitution in 7 of the 9 resistant populations. Herbicides with different modes of action are needed to control downy brome in fine fescue fields and to reduce the selection pressure of ACCase inhibitors in this system.

 

 

 

Expression Levels of Selected GSTs in Palmer Amaranth Resistant to Trifluralin. Fidel Gonzalez Torralva*, Jason K. Norsworthy; UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS, Fayetteville, AR (21)

Glutathione S-transferases (GSTs) are soluble enzymes that play crucial roles in different detoxification processes. Such enzymes protect organisms from biotic and abiotic stresses such as herbicide damage. In a trifluralin-resistant Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri S. Watson) accession, GST-mediated metabolism was suggested as contributing to trifluralin resistance. In this work, we described the basal expression levels of specific GSTs in a trifluralin-resistant and -susceptible Palmer amaranth accessions. For that, RNA and complementary DNA synthesis were carried out following standard procedures. GST specific primers were designed using Primer-BLAST software. Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reactions (qPCR) were used to estimate the basal gene expression levels in both the resistant and susceptible Palmer amaranth accessions relative to two reference genes. Basal expression values differed among GSTs and accessions. Ratios obtained (resistant divided by susceptible values) were in the range of 0.2 to 6-fold. Results suggest that those GSTs would contribute to trifluralin resistance on this trifluralin-resistant Palmer amaranth accession from eastern Arkansas. In addition, results obtained in this research may aid developing new herbicides for control of this resistant biotype.

 

 

 

Impact of Spring-Applied Herbicides on Cover Crops Planted After Wheat. Claudia R. Walz*, Christy L. Sprague; Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI (22)

Wheat acres account for six percent of Michigan farmland. Planting cover crops following wheat harvest allows growers to keep their land covered throughout the year. Many herbicide labels lack basic information on the rotation restriction regarding cover crops or suggest growers conduct a bioassay. Therefore, the objective of this study is to evaluate the effects of commonly used wheat herbicides on cover crop establishment and growth following winter wheat harvest. Field experiments were established at three locations for two years for a total of six site-years. The sites varied in climatic conditions as well as soil properties. Soils were a sandy clay loam with 3.3% organic matter (OM), a loam soil with 1.8% OM, and a clay loam soil with 3.1% OM. Winter wheat was drilled in the fall prior to herbicide treatment establishment. In the spring when wheat ranged between Feekes stage 4 and 5, four replications of 10 herbicide treatments, including an untreated control, were applied in 3 by 27 m strips across the field. The herbicides evaluated included: pyrasulfotole + bromoxynil, bicyclopryrone + bromoxynil, thifensulfuron + tribenuron, halauxifen + florasulam, mesosulfuron, mesosulfuron + thiencarbazone, pyroxsulam, pinoxaden + fenoxaprop, and clopyralid. Two to three weeks after wheat harvest, nine different cover crop species were drilled perpendicular to the herbicide treatments, directly into the wheat stubble. The cover crops included: annual ryegrass, dwarf Essex rapeseed, crimson clover, mustard Caliente, red clover, cereal rye, oat, oilseed radish, and Austrian winter pea. One month after planting, the covers were evaluated for injury and stand, 2-0.25 m2 quadrats per plot. Approximately 3 months after planting, prior to the first frost, covers were evaluated again for injury, aboveground biomass was sampled, and dry weights were determined. From the time of herbicide application in the spring to cover crop planting growing degree days (GDD) ranged from 2901-3158 with 25-79 cm of rainfall in 2021, and 1583-1866 GDD with 12-21 cm of rainfall in 2022. In 2021, the Austrian winter pea did not establish at any location. At the initial evaluation, pyrasulfotole + bromoxynil caused bleaching of the leaf margins for red clover and crimson clover in 5 of 6 and 2 of 6 site years, respectively. Bicyclopyrone + bromoxynil also caused leaf margin bleaching in 3 sites in 2021 for red clover. However, both red and crimson clover outgrew these symptoms by the end of the fall and these treatments did not impact clover biomass. Halauxifen + florasulam caused injury to oilseed radish in 2 of 6 site years. In general, it appears that 2022, planting pea after thifensulfuron + tribenuron showed higher injury than other herbicides. Overall, for our initial research, annual ryegrass, dwarf Essex rapeseed, crimson clover, mustard Caliente, red clover, cereal rye, oat, oilseed radish, and Austrian winter pea established and were able to produce significant amounts of biomass following spring applications of herbicides commonly used in winter wheat.

 

 

 

PSII Inhibitor Resistance in Italian Ryegrass (Lolium Multiflorum) Populations in Louisiana Sugarcane. Alice A. Wright*1, Gerald A. McCollam1, Albert J. Orgeron2; 1USDA-ARS, Houma, LA, 2LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, LA (23)

Herbicide resistance poses a threat to the continued efficacy of herbicides, particularly in crops like sugarcane that have a limited number of registered herbicides. Photosystem II (PSII) inhibitors comprise a large percentage of herbicides used in sugarcane. Recently, populations of Italian ryegrass in Louisiana sugarcane fields were identified as resistant to PSII inhibitors. Seeds were collected from these populations for pre-emergence and post-emergence dose response studies. Atrazine, diuron, metribuzin, and terbacil were selected as these herbicides are both registered for use in sugarcane and are representative of different PSII inhibitor chemistries. In post-emergence applications, the White Castle population exhibited resistance to both metribuzin and diuron with an ED50 for dry weight of 5769 g ai/ha and 4221.9 g ai/ha, respectively, and for injury 6120 g ai/ha and 7210 g ai/ha, respectively. Terbacil controlled all populations at the field rate. Dose responses are ongoing for pre-emergence applications. Sequencing of psbA to identify target site mutations is ongoing and metabolic inhibitors will be used to determine if a metabolic resistance mechanism is present. Other herbicides were investigated as alternatives; PSII inhibitor resistant plants are controlled by glyphosate and clethodim, which are applied when soybean is rotated with sugarcane. Clomazone, applied pre-emergence, and S-metolachlor provide control at the field rate. Alternative control options that can be implemented immediately are important as ryegrass outcrosses and can easily spread resistance traits within and between populations. This work will provide insight into the resistance mechanisms in these populations and provide growers with alternative control strategies. Alice.wright@usda.gov

 

 

 

Optimizing Dicamba and Glufosinate Application Timings for Weed Control in XtendFlex Soybeans in Central Kansas. Monica R. Marrs*1, Vipan Kumar2, Anita Dille1, Rui Liu3, Augustine Obour2; 1Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 2Kansas State University, Hays, KS, 3Washington State University, Prosser, WA (24)

Glyphosate-resistant (GR) Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri S. Wats.) is one of the most troublesome weeds for soybean producers across the United States. Xtendflex soybeans are a traited variety that is glyphosate/dicamba/glufosinate-resistant (GDG-R) that allows growers to use POST applications of dicamba and glufosinate for in-season control of GR Palmer amaranth. Palmer amaranths extended emergence can make management decisions harder to decide on an optimum time to apply POST application treatments. The main objective of this research was to find the optimum timings of POST applied dicamba and glufosinate for GR Palmer amaranth control in GDG-R soybeans under no-tillage dryland conditions. In 2021 two separate field experiments, two row spacings, were conducted at Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center (ARCH) in Hays, KS. This location had a natural seedbank of GR Palmer amaranth population. In 2022 one field experiment was conducted at two locations, ARCH and at a grower field in Great Bend, KS, including both row spacings in one experiment. Both fields were overseeded with GR Palmer amaranth. For each experiment, the GDG-R soybean variety 'AG37XF1' seeded at a population of 156,900 seeds ha-1 for all site years. Four POST herbicide treatments: a) nontreated, b) dicamba applied at 560 g ae ha-1 alone, c) dicamba followed by (fb) glufosinate at 603 g ae ha-1 plus acetochlor at 1260 g ae ha-1 (sequential 7 days apart), and d) dicamba plus acetochlor fb glufosinate (sequential 7 days apart) applied at three different timings at 14, 21, and 28 days after soybean drilling. Each experiment was conducted in a split-plot randomized complete block design, the split being 25 cm row and 76 cm row, and factorial arrangement of treatments (herbicide program and timings) with 4 replications. Percent visual control of GR Palmer amaranth collected at 7-day intervals after first POST application. Two 0.25 m2 quadrats were used to estimate Palmer amaranth density and aboveground biomass at each evaluation timings. All data were subjected to analysis of variance (ANOVA) using PROC Mixed in SAS. In 2021 and 2022 results indicated that sequential POST treatments of dicamba or dicamba + soil residual herbicide fb a glufosinate alone or glufosinate + soil residual herbicide were more effective in controlling weeds in XtendFlex soybeans than dicamba alone. In 2022 weed control using dicamba alone had greater control in 38 cm row spacing than 76 cm row spacing

 

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Optimizing Cover Crop Termination and Herbicide Application Timings to Manage Herbicide-Resistant Waterhemp in Soybean. Ramawatar Yadav*1, Edward S. Dearden2, Ryan Hamberg1, Alexis L. Meadows1, Austin H. Schleich1, Prashant Jha1; 1Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2Iowa State University, Crop Production & Physiology, Ames, IA (25)

Field experiments were conducted in 2022 in Ames, IA to quantify optimum timing of cover crop termination and herbicide application to manage herbicide-resistant waterhemp (Amaranthus tuberculatus [Moq.] J.D. Sauer) in soybean. A three-factor split-split plot design was used with three replications. The first factor consisted cereal rye (Secale cereale L.) cover crop vs. no cover crop. The second factor consisted two timings of cover crop termination; two weeks before or one week after soybean planting (WAP). The third factor consisted four herbicide programs, which included 1) glyphosate for cover crop termination, 2) glyphosate followed by (fb) glufosinate, 3) glyphosate plus S-metolachlor and fomesafen fb glufosinate, or 4) glyphosate fb glufosinate plus S-metolachlor and fomesafen. Preemergence (PRE) herbicide application was made at cover crop termination whereas postemergence (POST) herbicide application was made at 4 WAP. Cereal rye cover crop had a biomass of 2,100 kg ha-1 at early termination timing compared with 5,300 kg ha-1 at late termination timing. Cover crop reduced waterhemp aboveground biomass by more than 75% compared with no cover crop at 4 and 8 WAP. Herbicide programs had a significant effect on waterhemp biomass regardless of the presence of cover crop and cover crop termination timings. Waterhemp biomass was lowest in the plots treated with glyphosate plus a residual herbicide (S-metolachlor and fomesafen) at cover crop termination compared with no residual herbicide at cover crop termination, or a residual herbicide applied at the time of POST application. Addition of a residual herbicide with POST application of glufosinate did not reduce waterhemp biomass compared to POST application of glufosinate only. In conclusion, a residual herbicide should be included at the time of cover crop termination to suppress herbicide-resistant waterhemp biomass and potential seed production.

 

 

 

Palmer Amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) Control Options in the Absence of Dicamba. Tyler S. Soignier*, Brian K. Pieralisi, Darrin M. Dodds, Jason Krutz, Dave Spencer, Whitney S. Crow, Bradley J. Norris, William J. Rutland, Eli B. Hobbs; Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS (26)

 

 

 

Investigation of Fluroxypyr Resistance in a Kochia Population from Colorado. Eduardo Souza de Amorim*, Olivia E. Todd, Eric P. Westra, Andr Lucas Simes Araujo, Todd A. Gaines; Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO (27)

Kochia (Bassia scoparia) is an economically problematic annual broadleaf weed in crop systems in the western US. Cases of resistance to synthetic auxinic herbicides are of concern for the maintenance of control technology for this species. The objective of this work was to characterize resistence to fluroxapyr in a kochia population (Flur-R) from the State of Colorado. A dose response showed that the Flu-R population was 40x more resistant than the susceptible population (S). To understand if this population would be controlled by dicamba, a Kompetitive allele specific PCR (KASP) assay was used to determine if a known resistance mechanism (G127N mutation of IAA16) is present in Flur-R. For this KASP assay, DNA was extracted from plant tissue collected before fluroxypyr application at 157 g ae ha-1. Thirty five Flur-R kochia plants were used for the assay. Twelve plants from a known dicamba-resistant population (9425) were used as a positive control, and twelve plants from a known herbicide-sensitive population (S) were used as a negative control. Out of 35 samples, seven amplified the wildtype allele, seven amplified the mutante allele and 21 amplified for heterozygous. Future work will focus on repeating the fluroxypyr dose response experiment to confirm our initial findings and to test for dicamba resistance associated with the IAA16 mutation found in Flur-R and 9425.

 

 

 

Fitness of Different Ploidy Plants of F1 Progeny Derived from an Interspecific Cross Between Cultivated Sorghum and Johnsongrass. Usha R. Pedireddi*, Rana Afshang, Maximillian Chung, Kayla Buenaventura, Aleena Jiby, Nithya K. Subramanian, Muthukumar V. Bagavathiannan; Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (28)

 

 

 

Differential Control of ALS- and PPO-inhibiting Herbicide-resistant Amaranthus Retroflexus Populations with Other Postemergence Herbicides. Eric A. Jones*, Diego J. Contreras, Charlie W. Cahoon, Ramon G. Leon, Wesley Everman; North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (29)

Recently, two distinct ALS- and PPO-inhibiting herbicide-resistant redroot pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus) populations were confirmed in North Carolina. The Camden County population carried a Trp574Leu mutation in the ALS gene and Arg98Gly mutation in the PPX2 gene. The Pasquotank County population carried a Pro197His mutation in the ALS gene and no mutation in the PPX2 gene. Farmers in proximity to the fields where these populations were identified asked what herbicide(s) were still effective on these two redroot pigweed populations. Atrazine, glyphosate, glufosinate, mesotrione, 2,4-D, and dicamba were applied postemergence to plants from both populations with a discriminating rate. No plants from either population survived glufosinate treatment. 2,4-D and dicamba-treated plants exhibited survival 21 d after treatment but were controlled 28 d after treatment. The Pasquotank County population exhibited 17 and 37% survival when treated with atrazine and mesotrione, respectively. The Camden County population exhibited 0% and 14% survival when treated with atrazine and mesotrione, respectively. The Camden and Pasquotank County population were effectively controlled with glyphosate but a population from Yadkin County exhibited 13% survival. Subsequent dose-response assays were conducted with glyphosate and mesotrione to determine if the Yadkin and Pasquotank County populations were resistant, respectively. The lethal glyphosate dose to control 50% of the plants from Yadkin County was significantly higher (approximately two-fold) than the other tested populations. The lethal mesotrione dose to control 50% of the plants from Pasquotank County was significantly higher (approximately ten-fold) than the other tested populations. The results of the experiment provide effective herbicides to control ALS- and PPO-inhibiting herbicide-resistant redroot pigweed found in North Carolina, but two additional glyphosate- and mesotrione-resistant populations have been confirmed in the state. More research is needed to determine if the Pasquotank County population is atrazine-resistant.

 

 

 

Evaluation of Fall-Applied Residual Herbicides for Weed Management in Chickpeas(Cicer Arietinum). Akamjot S. Brar*1, Qasim Khan1, Fabian Menalled1, Zach Miller1, Clint Beiermann1, Kent McVay1, Lovreet S. Shergill2; 1Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, 2Montana State University, Huntley, MT (30)

Weed management at earlier crop stages is crucial for successful establishment of pulse crops. Since pulse crops such as chickpea are poor competitors with weeds due to slow germination and early growth, fall application of herbicides can aid in early season weed suppression and improve crop establishment. Field experiments were conducted in 2022 at two sites in Montana (Huntley and Corvallis) to evaluate crop safety and weed control by soil active herbicides before ground freeze in fall followed by a POST application in spring planted chickpeas. Ethalfluralin at 1.05 kg ha-1 + triallate at 1.68 kg ha-1 ,and pyroxasulfone at 131 g ha-1 + flumioxazin at 60.6 g ha-1 provided 80-90% control before POST application for Kochia scoparia and Amaranthus retroflexus at Huntley. Metribuzin at 420 g ha-1, Dimethamid at 950 g ha-1 + pendimethalin at 2.13 kg ha-1 and pyroxasulfone at 131 g ha-1 + flumioxazin at 60.6 g ha-1 provided 80-90% control before POST application of Chenopodium album at Corvallis. The follow-up POST application of clethodim at 280 g ha-1 and bentazon at 1.12 kg ha-1 helped in ensuring season long control by increasing control from 90 to 100% by eliminating escaped weeds. The treatments of dimethamid, simazine, flumioxazin, carfentrazone + sulfentrazone and pyroxasulfone provided poorer weed control than other treatments. There was no significant visual injury of any herbicide application and yield reductions in chickpea. These herbicide programs can be used in integration with other weed management tactics in pulse crops for effective weed management.

 

 

 

What Are We Missing? Undetected Changes to Fiber Quality from Low Rates of 2,4-D Using AFIS. Kyle R. Russell*1, Peter A. Dotray2, Brendan R. Kelly1; 1Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, 2Texas Tech University, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Lubbock, TX (31)

An increase in the number of preplant, at-plant, and post-plant applications of improved low volatility formulations of dicamba and 2,4-D choline to aid in the control of troublesome broadleaf weeds including glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth has increased with the adoption of auxin-tolerant cotton. With this increase in the number of applications, the risk of off-target movement of auxinic herbicides also has increased. Field studies were conducted at the Texas Tech University New Deal Research Farm in 2019, 2020, and 2021 to evaluate dicamba-tolerant cotton response to various rates of 2,4-D choline when applied at four growth stages [first square (FS) + 2 weeks (wk), first bloom (FB), FB + 2 wk, and FB + 4 wk]. Applications of 2,4-D choline were applied at 1.06 (1x), 0.106 (1/10x), 0.021 (1/50x), 0.0106 (1/100x), 0.0021 (1/500x), and 0.00106 (1/1000x) kg ae ha-1 to Deltapine 1822 XF cotton. Yield loses were observed in all years when rates of 2,4-D choline = 1/100x were applied at FS + 2 wk and FB. Only the 1x rate of 2,4-D choline resulted in yield loses at the FB + 4 wk timing in all three years. Short fiber content, neps, and seed coat neps, which are not tested using the High Volume Instrument, increased where micronaire, fiber length, and uniformity were negatively impacted.

 

 

 

Developer of Novel Adjuvant Systems for Herbicides. Jim T. Daniel1, Chase T. Boman*2; 1Daniel Ag Consulting, Keenesburg, CO, 2AgraSyst, Spokane, WA (33)

 

 

 

Seed-Shattering Phenology of Grass and Broadleaf Weeds at Soybean (Glycine max) and Corn (Zea mays) Harvest in SE Montana. Het Samir Desai*1, Fabian Menalled2, Lovreet S. Shergill3; 1Southern Agricultural Research Center, Montana State University, Huntley, MT, 2Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, 3Montana State University, Huntley, MT (34)

Due to escalating cases of multiple herbicide resistance in weeds, there is a need to develop effective non-chemical weed management tactics. Concurrent maturation of crops and infesting weeds presents an opportunity to use harvest weed seed control (HWSC) systems. HWSC systems disrupt the redistribution of weed seed at harvest to minimize the weed seedbank replenishment. Weed seed retention at crop harvest determines the successful implementation of HWSC. A field experiment was conducted to assess the seed retention and seed-shattering phenology of kochia [Bassia scoparia (L.) A. J. Scott], common lambsquarters (Chenopodium album L.), redroot pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus L.), and green foxtail [Setaria viridis (L.) P. Beauv.] in soybean and corn. Early anthesis was observed in corn than in soybean for all tested weed species. All weed species retained 85-90% at corn and soybean physiological maturity except C. album. Chenopodium album retained 75% and 80% of seeds at corn and soybean physiological maturity, respectively. At 28 days after corn and soybean maturity, plants of all weed species retained 40-50% seeds. A greater proportion of seed retention at corn and soybean physiological maturity suggests that all tested weed species are suitable candidates for HWSC. Data generated from this project will aid in further research for assessing different HWSC methods such as chaff-lining, narrow windrow burning, impact mill, etc.

 

 

 

Confirmation of a Three-way (Thifensulfuron, Atrazine and Glyphosate) Herbicide Resistant Population of Palmer Amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) in North Carolina. Ronel J. Argueta*, Eric A. Jones, Diego J. Contreras, Charlie W. Cahoon, Wesley Everman; North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (35)

Atrazine has historically been efficacious herbicide in North Carolina, where almost every hectare of corn receives a pre- and postemergence application. In 2016, a farmer in Washington Co. North Carolina reported a control failure on Amaranthus palmeri S. Watson (Palmer amaranth) in a corn field treated with atrazine. The objectives were to evaluate the response of the putative atrazine-resistant population from Washington Co. (R) at different atrazine rates and determine effective herbicides to control the putative atrazine resistant population. Two atrazine-susceptible populations from Edgecombe Co. (S) and Johnston Co. (S) were used susceptible controls. The experimental design was completely randomized with four replications. Atrazine was applied at 0, 56, 177, 560, 1770, 5600 and 17,700 g ai ha-1 and included crop oil concentration (1% v v-1). Treatments were applied to plants 7.6 to 9 cm in height. Plant survival was evaluated 21 days after treatment. The LD50 for each population were calculated from a three-parameter log-logistic model. A resistance ratio was calculated for each atrazine-susceptible population. The LD50 value was 1354 g ai ha-1 for R population. The R/S were 6.8 to 8.7 compared to the S populations. The Washington Co. population has evolved atrazine resistance. Subsequently, these A. palmeri populations were treated with 7 herbicide modes of action for further characterization under similar conditions and evaluations. All populations exhibited resistance to thifensulfuron and glyphosate with survival =70% and =30%, respectively. 2,4-D and dicamba provided variable control on all populations. The population is resistant to thifensulfuron, atrazine and glyphosate.

 

 

 

AxantTM Flex Cotton Response and Residual Weed Management Using HPPD Inhibiting Herbicides. Megan Mills*1, Peter A. Dotray2, Gregory B. Baldwin3, Scott Asher4, Adam C. Hixson4, Maxwell E. Smith1, Blaine A. Patton1, Kyle R. Russell1, Bobby Rodriguez5; 1Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, 2Texas Tech University and Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Service, Lubbock, TX, 3BASF, Research Triangle Park, NC, 4BASF, Lubbock, TX, 5Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Lubbock, TX (36)

Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri S. Wats) is a summer annual weed native to the southwestern United States and is regarded as one of the most problematic weeds in agronomic crops. The surge of herbicide resistant Palmer amaranth across the Cotton Belt contributes to its troublesome status. In 2022, three field studies were conducted at New Deal and Halfway, Texas to evaluate AxantTM Flex cotton response to topramezone applied at two early season growth stages, as well as to determine the efficacy of AliteTM27 (isoxaflutole) when used preplant incorporated (PPI) or preemergence (PRE). Crop response studies at New Deal consisted of isoxaflutole or prometryn applied preemergence followed by (fb) topramezone applied alone, or tank mixed with isoxaflutole, glufosinate, glyphosate, or dicamba applied early-postemergence (EPOST) or mid-postemergence (MPOST). At both growth stages, crop response was =5% at 28 days after the EPOST and MPOST applications. Lint yield was not adversely affected in either study. The non-crop study at Halfway consisted of pendimethalin applied alone or in a tank mix with isoxaflutole applied PPI, followed by (fb) PRE applications of prometryn, fluometuron, diuron, fluridone, fomesafen, acetochlor, or S-metolachlor applied alone or tank mixed with isoxaflutole. No treatment contained isoxaflutole at more than one application timing. Palmer amaranth was completely controlled 15 days after PRE applications (DAA) for all treatments except isoxaflutole and pendimethalin PPI fb no PRE or prometryn PRE, and pendimethalin PPI fb isoxaflutole with fluometuron PRE. At 50 DAA, Palmer amaranth control was = 95% with applications of isoxaflutole and pendimethalin PPI fb fluridone, acetochlor, or S-metolachlor PRE, and pendimethalin PPI fb isoxaflutole and acetochlor PRE. These results support the use of isoxaflutole and topramezone in AxantTM Flex cotton production to help manage herbicide resistant weeds with no adverse effects on cotton yield and quality.

 

 

 

Hybrid Rice Tolerance with Various Fenclorim Seed Treatments and Microencapsulated Acetochlor. Tristen H. Avent*, Jason K. Norsworthy, Leonard B. Piveta, Casey H. Arnold, Pamela Carvalho-Moore; University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR (37)

Rice (Oryza sativa L.) producers in the U.S. need effective herbicides to control problematic weeds. Previous research has demonstrated that acetochlor can provide in-season weed control in rice; however, undesirable injury is common. Thus, trials were initiated on a silt loam soil at the Rice Research and Extension Center near Stuttgart, AR, in 2020 and 2021 to evaluate a dose-response of a fenclorim seed treatment ranging from 0 to 5 g ai kg-1 of seed with and without a microencapsulated acetochlor formulation. For both years, acetochlor was applied delayed-preemergence at 1,260 g ai ha-1 (4 to 7 days after planting). The two hybrid rice cultivars RT 7231 FP and RT 7521 FP did not differ in response to either the seed treatment or acetochlor. In the absence of acetochlor, the fenclorim seed treatment caused less than 10 and 5% injury in 2020 and 2021, respectively. In the presence of acetochlor, the fenclorim seed treatment rate of 2.5 g ai kg-1 reduced rice injury and increased rice plant heights and shoot numbers relative to acetochlor without fenclorim. Additionally, the same fenclorim rate with acetochlor provided comparable heights and shoots to the nontreated control in all evaluations. Acetochlor or fenclorim did not influence rough rice yield for both cultivars. Based on the results of these studies, the fenclorim seed treatment rate at 2.5 g ai kg-1 of seed provided the most consistent safening response for hybrid rice tolerance to the microencapsulated formulation of acetochlor.

 

 

 

Transgenes Flow from Corn Confer Resistance to Glyphosate and Glufosinate-Ammonium in Teosinte (Zea Mays Subsp. Mexicana). Luan Cutti*1, Paula Sinigaglia Angonese1, Guilherme Menegol Turra1, Estfani Sulzbach1, Catarine Markus1, Todd A. Gaines2, Aldo Merotto1; 1Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO (38)

The corn's wild ancestor teosinte has emerged as a new weed in summer crops as a consequence of pasture use for dairy production in southern Brazil. The objective of this study was to investigate the occurrence and mechanism of resistance to glyphosate and glufosinate in teosinte. Seeds from teosinte plants that survived to glyphosate applied at 1110 g ha-1, one susceptible teosinte biotype, and two corn hybrids resistant to glyphosate (cp4-EPSPS event and mEPSPS with TIPS mutation event) were used for a dose-response assay, with doses from 0 to 71040 g ha-1. The resistance factor to glyphosate of the resistant in comparison with the susceptible teosinte biotype was 196. Survival of the resistant teosinte plants was similar to both transgenic corn. The resistant teosinte had two EPSPS fragments, one is the wild-type EPSPS (bigger fragment), and the second one the mEPSPS (smaller fragment), observed by PCR amplification. The mEPSPS transgene from resistant biotype showed TIPS mutation (Thr102Ile/Pro106Ser). The same results were found for positive control transgenic hybrid corn. In addition, the cp4-EPSPS gene was identified in the resistant teosinte biotype and in positive control transgenic hybrid corn. The cp4-EPSPS sequence homology between resistant biotype and maize was close to 100%. The resistant teosinte carrying mEPSPS had 10 times more mEPSPS copies than transgenic corn also carrying mEPSPS. We found three different genotypes among the resistant teosinte plants: plants with only the cp4-EPSPS transgene, plants with only the mEPSPS, and plants with both. Results also showed that some teosinte plants resistant to glyphosate are also resistant to glufosinate-ammonium carrying the pat transgene. We conclude that glyphosate resistance in the teosinte was originated due to gene flow from the mEPSPS and the cp4-EPSPS transgenic corn. This is the first report of transgene escape from corn in field conditions, which is a challenge for the sustainability of herbicide resistance technologies in this crop. E-mail: luancutti@hotmail.com

 

 

 

Comparing Remotely-Sensed Data for Estimating Palmer Amaranth and Soybean Canopy Cover. Byron Evers1, Hannah Buessing2, Christopher Weber2, Sarah Lancaster*2; 1Bayer CropScience, Manhattan, KS, 2Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS (39)

Palmer amaranth is among the most troublesome weeds in Kansas soybean fields. Cultural management practices, such as narrow row spacing, that achieve rapid canopy closure are recommended to suppress Palmer amaranth growth later in the growing season. Remote sensing has been investigated as a tool to increase the efficiency of Palmer amaranth management . To further evaluate the potential of remote sensing technology to detect weed and soybean canopy cover percent, an Unoccupied Aerial Vehicle (UAV) equipped with a multi spectral sensor was used to capture reflectance at two locations in Kansas. Data were collected from an experiment designed to investigate the interaction of planting date and row spacing on weed management in Kansas soybeans. The dominant weed species at both locations was Palmer amaranth. Canopy classifications from the spectral data were delineated through two methods: (1) by using the excess green index and (2) through maximum likelihood supervised classification. Weed control was estimated by visual assessment throughout the growing season. Both methods were capable of distinguishing weeds and soybean and were correlated with visual estimates of weed control. Supervised classification resulted in a stronger relationship with weed control.

 

 

 

A Metabolization System Affected by Temperature is Associated with Florpyrauxifen-benzyl Resistance in Barnyardgrass (Echinochloa Crus-galli). Luan Cutti*1, Crystal D. Sparks2, Andr Lucas Simes Araujo2, Angela Da Cas Bundt3, Catarine Markus1, Todd A. Gaines2, Aldo Merotto1; 1Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, 3Corteva Agriscience, Santa Maria, Brazil (40)

The herbicide florpyrauxifen-benzyl was recently released aiming to control quinclorac, ALS, and ACCase-resistant biotypes of Echinochloa. The objective was to identify biotype of barnyardgrass resistant to florpyrauxifen-benzyl and its mechanism of resistance. 23 biotypes of barnyardgrass from Brazil that were never sprayed with florpyrauxifen-benzyl were screened with the label rate 30 g ha-1. The most resistant biotype was selected with florpyrauxifen-benzyl for three generations. The barnyardgrass resistant biotype and one susceptible were submitted to dose-response curves evaluating cytP450 (malathion) metabolic inhibitor in greenhouse (28C 3). The doses sprayed ranged from 0 to 240 g ha-1. It was also performed dose-response curves for both biotypes under two different temperatures 35C/30C and 25C/20C day/night in growth chamber. The fresh shoot weight was evaluated, and the data fitted to three parameters log-logistic curve. RNA sequencing was performed with samples collected at 24 hours after florpyrauxifen-benzyl treatment at 35C/30C. The resistant biotype showed a resistance factor (RF) of 3.57 to florpyrauxifen-benzyl when compared to susceptible. The previous spray with cytP450 inhibitor reduced the RF to 1.5. LC-MS/MS analysis showed the resistant biotype accumulates less florpyrauxifen-acid at 8 and 24h after herbicide spray. When the dose-response curves were performed at 35C/30C the RF increased to 5.21, while for 25C/20C the RF was 2.37. RNAseq data analysis showed 551 genes up-regulated in the resistant biotype and among them genes that codify four CYPs, seven GSTs, six UGTs, five AKRs, three PERs, and three ABCs. It was identified a biotype with innate resistance to florpyrauxifen-benzyl by enhanced metabolization. Metabolic resistance is a huge concern, due to its ability to evolve to resistance to multiple herbicides, but lower temperatures can be an opportunity to manage this mechanism of resistance. E-mail: luancutti@hotmail.com

 

 

 

Evaluation of the AxantTM Flex Cotton System. Zachary R. Treadway*1, Jennifer Dudak1, Todd A. Baughman1, Adam C. Hixson2, Gregory B. Baldwin3; 1Oklahoma State University, Ardmore, OK, 2BASF, Lubbock, TX, 3BASF, Research Triangle Park, NC (41)

 

 

 

Use of New Sorghum Herbicide Technologies to Control Annual Grass Weeds. Blaine A. Patton*1, Peter A. Dotray2; 1Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, 2Texas Tech University, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Lubbock, TX (42)

Sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench] hectares may increase with the development of new insect and drought-resistant traits. Grassy weeds continue to be a problem in sorghum, but improved control may be accomplished with the introduction of new herbicide technologies. Non-crop field studies were conducted in 2021 and 2022 at the Texas Tech New Deal Research Farm to evaluate the effectiveness of imazamox, nicosulfuron, and quizalofop to control barnyardgrass [Echinochloa crus-galli (L.) P. Beauv], large crabgrass [Digitaria sanguinalis (L.) Scop], and Texas millet [Urochloa texana (Buckley) R. Webster]. Imazamox (0.0526 and 0.079 kg ai ha-1), nicosulfuron (0.0352 and 0.07 kg ai ha-1), and quizalofop (0.0463 and 0.0695 kg ai ha-1) were applied in separate trials seeded to each weed species when plants reached 10 cm and 20 cm in height. Plots, two 102-cm rows by 7.62 m, were replicated four times for each grass species. In 2021, quizalofop at 0.0695 kg ai ha-1 provided >70% control in all species when evaluated 14 days after treatment. Nicosulfuron at 0.07 kg ai ha-1 controlled Texas millet 70% 14 days after application. Grass control following imazamox did not exceed 50%. In 2022, quizalofop at 0.0695 kg ai ha-1 controlled 20 cm barnyardgrass and 10 cm Texas millet 92% and 80%, respectively, when evaluated 14 days after treatment. Quizalofop controlled 20 cm large crabgrass 77% when evaluated 28 days after treatment. In all studies, quizalofop seemed to provide the most consistent control of each weed species. Further research is needed to evaluate control of other grass and broadleaf weeds in these new sorghum technologies.

 

 

 

Distribution of Target Site Mutations in PPO2 Gene in Waterhemp (Amaranthus Tuberculatus) and Palmer Amaranth (A. Palmeri) Populations in the USA Conferring Resistance to PPO Inhibiting Herbicides. Daljit Singh1, Jacob S. Montgomery2, Jaishree Chitoor3, Chandrashekar Aradhya3, Alejandro Perez-Jones*3; 1Bayer, Chesterfield, MO, 2Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, 3Bayer Crop Science, Chesterfield, MO (43)

 

 

 

Palmer Amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) Management in Kansas Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum). Tyler P. Meyeres*1, Lucas Haag2, Gaylon Morgan3, Sarah Lancaster1; 1Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 2Kansas State University, Colby, KS, 3Cotton Incorporated, Cary, NC (44)

Residual herbicides are needed to control herbicide-resistant weeds in cotton. Multiple applications of residual herbicides offer overlapping weed control, which is critical for weeds like Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri S. Watson) that have extended windows of emergence. Experiments were established to compare weed control with currently available residual herbicides applied preemergence (PRE) or postemergence (POST) in Enlist (2,4-D resistant = EN) and Xtendflex (dicamba resistant = XT) cotton systems in Kansas. Field experiments were conducted in Hutchinson, KS in 2021 and 2022, where cotton was grown under overhead irrigation. In 2021, treatments consisted of PRE applications of pendimethalin followed by (fb) early POST (EPOST) applications of acetochlor, dimethenamid-P, or S-metolachlor + trait herbicide (EN = 2,4-D choline; XT = dicamba) or trait premix (EN = glyphosate + 2,4-D choline; XT = dicamba + s-metolachlor) fb late POST (LPOST) applications of glyphosate + trait herbicide. In 2022, treatments consisted of PRE applications of fluometuron alone or fluometuron + acetochlor, dimethenamid-p, s-metolachlor, or pendimethalin fb EPOST applications of glyphosate + trait herbicide alone or a second application of the residual herbicides. The dominant weed species was Palmer amaranth. Weed control was recorded prior to LPOST (2021) and EPOST (2022) applications. Weed control, weed biomass, and weed density were recorded at harvest. No yield data was measured in 2021. In 2022, yield components including fruiting nodes, total bolls, and harvestable bolls plant-1 were measured. All data were subjected to ANOVA and means were separated with Tukey's HSD test (a= 0.05). Prior to LPOST applications in 2021, there was a significant interaction of herbicide trait system and residual herbicide. The addition of EPOST applications resulted in greater control than PRE only systems, which resulted in 5% or less control. Prior the LPOST in 2021, there were no differences in control between the herbicide trait systems regardless of residual herbicide utilized, except in the case of dimethenamid-P. Applications of dimethenamid-P resulted in 70% and 31% control in XT and EN systems, respectively, which indicates less control was observed when combined with 2,4-D choline. Prior to EPOST applications in 2022, PRE applications of fluometuron resulted in 56% control while combinations of fluometuron with dimethenamid-P or S-metolachlor resulted in greater than 83% control. When POST applications were utilized, control at harvest in 2021 ranged from 48 to 71% regardless of residual herbicide or herbicide trait system. In 2022 at harvest, XT systems resulted in 79% control and EN systems resulted in 68% control. Treatments with two applications of acetochlor, dimethenamid-P, or S-metolachlor resulted in 74% or greater Palmer amaranth control at harvest. In 2022, there were no differences among residual herbicides for all yield components measured. However, when S-metolachlor was applied PRE and EPOST, fruiting nodes, total bolls, and harvestable bolls plant-1 were also similar to the non-treated check. Results of this trial indicate that the cotton herbicide trait system may influence Palmer amaranth control; but, residual herbicide selection, the inclusion of POST applications, and layered residual herbicides are of greater importance.

 

 

 

Changes in Nutrient Partitioning Following Low Rates of 2,4-D. Kyle R. Russell*1, Peter A. Dotray2, Irish L. B. Pabuayon3, Glen L. Ritchie1; 1Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, 2Texas Tech University, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Lubbock, TX, 3LSU AgCenter, Rayne, LA (45)

With the use of auxinic herbicides increasing in recent years, the risk of off-target movement to susceptible cotton has also increased. Field trials were conducted in 2020 and 2021 at the Texas Tech University New Deal Research Farm in New Deal, TX to evaluate changes in nutrient partitioning following applications of 2,4-D applied to different cotton maturity stages. Applications of 2,4-D at 0.107 (1/10) and 0.0107 (1/100) kg ae ha-1 were applied using a C02-pressurized backpack calibrated to deliver 140 l ha-1 to DP 1822 XF at first square + 2 weeks, first bloom, first bloom + 2 weeks, and first bloom + 4 weeks. In both 2020 and 2021, lint yield decreased following both rates of 2,4-D when applied at first square + 2 weeks and first bloom. The 1/100 rate of 2,4-D did not decrease lint production when applied at first bloom + 2 weeks and first bloom + 4 weeks. Nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium accumulation in the leaves, stems, bracts, and the seed increased while at the same time lint yield decreased. When no differences in yield were observed, little to no differences in nutrient accumulation was observed relative to the nontreated control. While differences in nutrient accumulation were observed, further research is needed to determine differences in plant function following exposure to 2,4-D.

 

 

 

First Report of Multiple-Herbicide Resistance in Walter's Barnyardgrass in Texas Rice. Nithya K. Subramanian*, Tamara T. Mundt, Isidor Ceperkovic, Gabriella Elizarraras, Muthukumar V. Bagavathiannan; Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (46)

First Report of Multiple-Herbicide Resistance in Walter's Barnyardgrass in Texas Rice Nithya K Subramanian*, Tamara Mundt, Isidor Ceperkovic, Gaby Elizarraras and Muthukumar V BagavathiannanTexas A&M University, College Station, TX- 77845 *Contact: nithya.subramanian@ag.tamu.edu The genus Echinochloa (Poaceae) is one of the most important weed species in rice production systems worldwide. Walter's barnyardgrass (E. walteri) is a less common weed species in Texas rice, but a suspected herbicide-resistant population of this species was identified in a rice field near Beaumont, TX during the 2021 field season. The objective of this study was to evaluate the sensitivity of this population to a number of commonly used rice herbicides. A total of 10 herbicides belonging to five different modes of action were tested at the recommended label rate (1X rate). These include cyhalofop, fenoxaprop, imazethapyr, bispyribac-sodium, penoxsulam, nicosulfuron, quinclorac, propanil, florpyrauxafen-benzyl, and glyphosate. Four to six seedlings per treatment were sprayed at the three-to-four leaf stage using a track sprayer, and the experiment was repeated twice. The survival rate (0 to 100%) was recorded at 28 days after the herbicide treatment. Following this, a confirmative study was conducted using the 2.5X rate. Among the herbicides tested, resistance was documented for six different herbicides belonging to three different herbicide modes of action [acetolactate synthase (ALS)-inhibitors (imazethapyr, penoxsulam, bispyribac-sodium, nicosulfuron), auxin analog (quinclorac), and PSII-inhibitor (propanil)]. Thus, results show the occurrence of multiple resistance, as well as cross-resistance (to different herbicide families within ALS-inhibitors) in this population. Molecular mechanisms and dose-response studies are currently underway to further characterize resistance. This is the first report of herbicide resistance in this species globally, and the development of alternative management options is imperative.

 

 

 

Preemergence Control of Amaranthus palmeri and AxantTM Flex Cotton Weed Management Systems Using Isoxaflutole. Maxwell E. Smith*1, Peter A. Dotray2, Adam C. Hixson3; 1Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, 2Texas Tech University, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Lubbock, TX, 3BASF, Lubbock, TX (47)