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Weed control in the 21 st  century: a primer on precision agriculture’s  role in improving yield, quality, and resource conservation. By Connor Ferguson. What is a Weed?. Some Rethinking. What Weeds Do. Decrease resources available -- Water, Nutrients, Sunlight

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Weed control in the 21st century: a primer on precision agriculture’s role in improving yield, quality, and resource conservation

By Connor Ferguson




What weeds do
What Weeds Do

  • Decrease resources available

    -- Water, Nutrients, Sunlight

  • Decreases yield / quality

  • Harvest Issues

  • Aesthetics


Issues in the 21 st century
Issues in the 21st Century

  • Resource Conservation

  • Resistance

  • Increased Demand on Production


Resource conservation
Resource Conservation

  • Weeds Decrease Available Resources

  • Water, Nutrients, Sunlight

  • Can adversely affect crop

    -- Up to 60% Loss of Grain Production (Appleby et al. 1976)




Rotation is necessary
Rotation is Necessary

  • Crop Rotation

  • Chemical Rotation

  • Using labeled rates – NO CUT RATES!

  • And Knowledge


Application in the 21 st century
Application in the 21st Century

  • New Technologies

  • WeedSeeker

  • Precision Application






Spray lasers
Spray Lasers

  • Precision methods to determine proper application procedures


Just read the label
Just Read the Label!

  • Labels specify rates

  • Labels specify timing

  • Labels are key to applying correctly


What is next
What is Next?

  • Knowledge of a Given Problem

  • Rotate, Rotate, Rotate!

  • Implementing new technologies and techniques

  • Following directions can be key to success



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