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Planning weed, insect management from the combine's cab

Agriculture.com Staff 09/26/2006 @ 8:11am

During fall harvest, you will travel over and view every acre you farm -- why not make the most of this opportunity to improve production?

Harvest provides an opportunity for a final evaluation of your weed management program and to a lesser extent, your insect management program.

When you go to the combine, take a notepad and record your observations to provide the exact locations and details.

During fall harvest, you will travel over and view every acre you farm -- why not make the most of this opportunity to improve production?

Weeds present at harvest can tell a story. Learn how to interpret the causes and effects of what you see to improve weed management practices for the next year. If you use a yield monitor, you also may be able to relate crop yield to weed management and adjust your strategy accordingly.

Unlike weeds, insect problems are not always visible from the combine. There are a few cases though when signs of insect damage may be visible at harvest and provide clues to needed management changes.

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