There have been significant developments in automated weeder technology in the past several years. A quick perusal of automated weeders on YouTube reveals many machines developed in diverse parts of the world. Auto weeders that have been used in vegetable production in the Salinas Valley include machines from Europe such as the Robovator (Denmark), Ferrari (Italy), Steketee (Netherlands), and Garford (England). In the last few years new machines designed and built in the US include Farm Wise and Stout weeders. Both machines use a split blade technology to remove weeds in the seedline between the “keeper” crop plants. The blades open around the keeper plants to safeguard the crop and then close to remove weeds in between. The...
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UC Davis will host the Aquatic Weed School 2022 on October 31-November 1, 2022 at the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center on the UC Davis campus. The Aquatic Weed School is an intensive two-day course focusing on issues associated with developing weed management strategies in a variety of aquatic ecosystems. The course provides a rare opportunity for professionals to efficiently update their understanding of aquatic weeds and interact with experts in this field. The Aquatic Weed School is designed for those involved in consulting, research, and management of aquatic weed systems throughout the western United States. The topics are presented...
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Position: Agronomy and Weed Management Advisor Applied Research and Extension (AP#22-06) Merced
Location: This position will be headquartered in the UCCE Merced County office in Merced, CA but will also serve Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.
Closing date: September 26, 2022
Job Description: https://ucanr.edu/About/Jobs/?jobnum=2220
UC ANR is hiring an Agronomy and Weed Management Advisor located at UCCE Merced, in Merced, CA. For more information and how to apply, follow...
'Herbicide Injury" tutorial builds on popular website
A cartoon character that looks suspiciously like a Department of Plant Sciences professor leads an animated, online tutorial that recently won a 2022 Gold Award from the Association for Communication Excellence. UC Davis weed experts Kassim Al-Khatib and Brad Hanson worked with the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program to create “Diagnosing Herbicide Injury,” which debuted in October 2021 on Extension Foundation Campus.
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It is getting close to the time we need to scout for weedy rice. Our team will be scouting known infested fields that are planted to rice this year. Troy Clark, our Rice Junior Specialist, will be starting in the next few weeks, and will be reaching out to growers and PCA's. Like always, the more eyes on the ground we have, the better! So we are asking for everyone to please scout their own fields to look for suspicious plants.
For timing of scouting, the best time to start, is if you have applied all herbicides to control grasses, and you are still seeing what appear to be skips or misses in grass control. At that point, it is a good idea to go out and check the plants. If they do not have a ligule and auricle, then they...