Weed Management Field Day doubles attendance from last year

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Weed Management Field Day attendees travel from cornfield to soybean field at the South Central Agricultural Laboratory. Photo by Debalin Sarangi
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Extension Weed Management Specialist Amit Jhala
speaks to field day attendees. Photo by Debalin Sarangi

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Weed Management Field Day was held on July 1 at the South Central Agricultural Laboratory near Clay Center. Assistant Professor and Extension Weed Management Specialist Amit Jhala organized the field day and led the tour. A total of 133 participants, about double the attendance from last year, included growers, crop consultants, extension educators, graduate students, industry representatives and other clientele. Registration started at 8:30 a.m. followed by a demonstration tour for weed control in soybean and corn at 9 a.m.

Amit Jhala and team members demonstrated several projects for weed control in corn and soybean that included efficacy, crop safety and comparison of several new herbicides and multiple herbicide-resistant crops. These comparisons included Enlist (2,4-D-resistant), Roundup Ready 2 Xtend (dicamba-resistant), and Balance GT (isoxaflutole-resistant) soybean. Several herbicide programs were compared for weed control in corn and soybeans in UNL's unbiased comparison trials. Graduate students Debalin Sarangi, Zahoor Ganie, Simran Kaur, Ethann Barnes and Parminder Chahal along with postdoctoral scientist Jatinder Aulakh, demonstrated a research project on various aspects of weed control in corn and soybean.

The field tour concluded at 12 p.m. followed by a free lunch. Attendees were treated to UNL Dairy Store "Extension Centennial" Ice Cream.

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