According to a 2018 weed management survey conducted by the UW-Madison Extension, waterhemp has become Wisconsin’s most troublesome weed species in field crop production. Of the 254 survey respondents, roughly 70% said waterhemp is a concern, surpassing the second runner up, ragweed, by a significant margin. Survey findings also show that herbicide-resistant weeds are here to stay and may be more widespread than some might think.
To help farmers and crop advisors manage the challenges of this problematic weed species, the UW-Madison Extension will be holding four regional workshops this March. The 2019 Wisconsin Regional Waterhemp Workshops are designed for farmers and crop advisors with little experience managing the weed species. Specialists from the UW-Madison Extension will present on topics, such as:
- Pigweed identification
- Waterhemp biology, ecology, dispersal and resistance evolution
- Herbicide selection and integrated strategies for waterhemp management in alfalfa, corn and soybean
Thanks to workshop sponsors, BASF, BAYER, FMC, Syngenta and Valent, meals and educational materials will be provided to participants for free.
Workshops are limited to 50 people per location, so don’t wait to sign up if you’re interested in attending. Find a workshop in your region and reserve a spot with your local contact by March 14, 2019.