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Preplanning is key to 2022 weed management programs

Producers are urged to plan now for potential summer shortages.

Shelley E. Huguley, Editor

April 7, 2022

3 Min Read
Oklahoma State University Weed Scientist Todd Baughman has always discussed the importance of developing a weed management program, but he says with the high input costs and limited supply, having a plan has never been so important. Shelley E. Huguley

When it comes to weed management in 2022, preplanning is key says Oklahoma State University Weed Scientist Todd Baughman.

High input costs and concerns of herbicide availability, have Baughman urging producers to prepare now for how they're going to handle potential shortages this summer.

"Start pricing stuff now and say if we don't want to spend that money, then how are we going to make our weed control program work," Baughman says at the recent Oklahoma Peanut Expo, Weatherford.


Oklahoma State University Weed Scientist Todd Baughman, left, visits with Chickasha peanut producer Art Kell, at the 2022 Oklahoma Peanut Expo. Baughman discussed weed management at the conference.  (Photo by Shelley E. Huguley)

"A big deal this year is preplanning. Where we've been able to react a little more in the past, if you can't get a product or it's priced out of what you're wanting to spend, it's not going to be an option like in the past."

Baughman recommends a strong residual program upfront. "That's going to benefit us in a lot of ways. It's going to help us from a herbicide-resistance management standpoint and it sets up our post-treatments to work better."

Plus, if a herbicide is in short supply or if an adjustment needs to be made and timing is critical, something like a Cobra-type product, is going to make those timings work better, he says. "Those weeds are going to be smaller and they're going to give us a bit larger window to get it out with that post-application. So, that's a big thing."

No matter the crop, whether cotton, peanuts, soybeans or corn, Baughman says beginning the season with a good program is beneficial. "While those (residual) products have increased in price, it doesn't appear they've increased in price as much as some of our post options and the availability seems better."

Baughman admits he's has recommended this type of weed management for years, but this year, he says it's going to be even more critical.

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"I do know some producers are concerned with the dry weather and how some of those residual products work, but realistically, even in a dry year, we see some benefits out of those residuals. There's been years, and I'm hoping it's not a 2012 again, but we saw some instances where we didn't have to come back with a post-treatment where we had a good residual upfront," Baughman says. "That also keeps weeds from being a problem in the future years."


As peanut growers push the yields, Baughman says to make a profit, they've got to have a complete weed control program. "There's not a one-shot-fits-all. It starts from preplant all the way through post-emergence. It's got to be a program based on the weeds you have and the farm you have, and it's got to start at planting and go all the way through."


About the Author(s)

Shelley E. Huguley

Editor, Southwest Farm Press

Shelley Huguley has been involved in agriculture for the last 25 years. She began her career in agricultural communications at the Texas Forest Service West Texas Nursery in Lubbock, where she developed and produced the Windbreak Quarterly, a newspaper about windbreak trees and their benefit to wildlife, production agriculture and livestock operations. While with the Forest Service she also served as an information officer and team leader on fires during the 1998 fire season and later produced the Firebrands newsletter that was distributed quarterly throughout Texas to Volunteer Fire Departments. Her most personal involvement in agriculture also came in 1998, when she married the love of her life and cotton farmer Preston Huguley of Olton, Texas. As a farmwife, she knows first-hand the ups and downs of farming, the endless decisions made each season based on “if” it rains, “if” the drought continues, “if” the market holds. She is the bookkeeper for their family farming operation and cherishes moments on the farm such as taking harvest meals to the field or starting a sprinkler in the summer with the whole family lending a hand. Shelley has also freelanced for agricultural companies such as Olton CO-OP Gin, producing the newsletter Cotton Connections while also designing marketing materials to promote the gin. She has published articles in agricultural publications such as Southwest Farm Press while also volunteering her marketing and writing skills to non-profit organizations such as Refuge Services, an equine-assisted therapy group in Lubbock. She and her husband reside in Olton with their three children Breely, Brennon and HalleeKate.

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