Cover Crops Reduce Early Season Weed Competition

Nov 12, 2020 by Renee McMahill in
Meet the Speakers
Dr. TomBarber Extension Weed Specialist U of A Division of Agriculture 501-671-2186 501-944-0549 [email protected]
WesKirkpatrick Arkansas Farmer: Cotton Rondo Farms 870-222-7260 [email protected]
About this Session

Cover Crops Reduce Early Season Weed Competition

Presented by: Dr. Tom Barber
Extension Weed Specialist, U of A Division of Agriculture

Cover crop acreage is increasing in Arkansas for several reasons including potential benefits in weed control. Palmer amaranth (pigweed) emergence has been significantly reduced when a cereal rye cover crop was implemented. However, successfully reducing pigweed emergence can be directly related to cover crop termination timing. The research data presented provides appropriate cover crop termination timings to significantly reduce Palmer amaranth emergence at planting and beyond.

Weed Control In Cover Crops: What Worked, What Didn’t; Cover Crop Termination Timing

Presented by: Wes Kirkpatrick
Arkansas Farmer: Cotton

Kirkpatrick will discuss weed control efforts he’s tried in cotton that was planted into a cereal rye cover crop. Some have worked and some have not, especially in relation to pigweed. He will examine how the timing of the termination of a cover crop affects weed growth during the growing season.
After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in biology with a minor in fisheries and wildlife management from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and his Master’s Degree in agronomy with a focus on soil science from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, he became a county agent with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture in the early 2000s in Desha County, Arkansas. Desha County has over a quarter million acres in agricultural production, which primarily includes cotton, soybeans, corn, and rice. There he met many farmers and his future wife, Vonda, a fifth-generation Desha County row crop farmer. He’s been associated with that farm since his marriage in 2003 and became a full-time farmer in 2016, now just completing his sixth full time crop.