Effect of Post-Emergence Weed Control on Grass Establishment in North-Central Colorado
AuthorMcGinnies, W. J.
North Central Colorado
Hand Weeding Spraying
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CitationMcGinnies, W. J. (1968). Effect of post-emergence weed control on grass establishment in north-central Colorado. Journal of Range Management, 21(3), 126-128.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
JournalJournal of Range Management
AbstractWinter-fallowing, planting grass into a clean seedbed, and controlling weeds during the seedling year, has been a particularly successful range-improvement practice in north-central Colorado. During the 3-year period (1964-1966), season-long hand weeding and spraying with 2,4-D when weeds were 6 to 12 inches high produced good stands in a year of average precipitation. However, neither spraying at later dates nor mowing the weeds at any date reduced competition from weeds sufficiently to produce a satisfactory grass stand. In a wet year, weed control in the seedling stand was not beneficial. In a year of extreme drouth, satisfactory stands were not obtained with any level of weed control. It was concluded that a technique of planting into a clean seedbed and spraying to control broadleaf weeds during the seedling year of the grasses offers the best chance for a successful seeding if wind erosion does not become a serious problem.