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Whats that weed?

Posted by Russel Higgins - Weeds

I thought this may be a fun occasional topic for the North 160 Acres blog. Weed management always starts with recognizing the weeds present or the weeds you expect to control. Yesterday I was asked to identify a yellow flowered weed that was present in a local field. Without seeing the plant, my first thought was a plant in the mustard family. Closer inspection to the plant actually gave it away as a forage turnip. We normally do not expect these plants (seeded in this case as a cover crop and forage source behind winter wheat in 2011) to survive the northern Illinois winter. We will test your expertise with other weeds as the growing season progresses!

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