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Sensitivity of Wheat to Herbicides Used on Vegetables (January 8, 2014)
Herbicides that have residual activity are very useful here where each irrigation can bring new weeds. It is difficult to use them, however, where most annual crops are followed soon after harvest with another crop. We want the herbicide to be active during the entire growing season and then be gone.

Almost all of the herbicides used on lettuce, cole crops and melons have restrictions on how soon wheat can be planted in rotation after they are applied. Experience has demonstrated, however, that safe intervals can vary considerably based on many factors. The most important of these are rate applied, irrigation practices, tillage, soil type and organic matter left in the field from the previous crop. For example, when Kerb used to be banded at 2 to 4 lbs/ac. after planting and incorporated with furrow irrigation, it was common to see treated bands across wheat fields which followed. This is uncommon now that lower rates are used and applied by chemigation. This chart lists labeled rotational restrictions and normal soil persistence times. In practice, it will be useful only as a general guideline.


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