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Combine Cleaning to Prevent Spread of Weeds

October 24, 2017 - 8:03am -- Anonymous

Weed management is an important component of crop yield.  Driving around the Wayne County area it is obvious some weeds are more difficult to control compared to others, and some fields have more weed challenges than other fields.  It’s a numbers game with weeds and given the seed production capacity of weeds, the odds over time favor weeds when there is a breakdown in control.  For example, one giant ragweed plant can produce up to 5000 plus seeds per plant.  A single marestail plant can produce 200,000 seeds.  A single large common pigweed plant can produce 100,000 or more seeds.