Harry Strek

5 Keys to Achieving a Low Weed Seed Bank

It is time to have a different conversation about weed management. For years, we’ve talked about the yearly battle to control weeds in the field to make sure each acre is producing as much as it can. That has worked in the past, of course, and farmers have been very successful with their crops, leading to bountiful crops and all the benefits that go with them.

But for those growers who are looking longer-term and want solutions that not only maximize their production, but also increase their efficiency and profitability, there is a better way – getting their weed seed banks low and keeping them there. Sure it takes a bit more effort and resources in the beginning, but it pays off big.

One resistant weed may not be a problem this year, but if it is allowed to go to seed, it could spell big problems very quickly in the future. Letting that weed get away could lead to costly and time-consuming effort at best, and could result in reduced yields at worst. Treating the problem before it takes off – with the seed – can mean not having to face the problem in the future, or at least minimizing future problems.

So how do farmers achieve a low weed seed bank? By using Integrated Weed Management practices - Here are a few key steps:

Harry Strek
Harry Strek
Harry Strek
is the scientific director of Bayer’s Weed Resistance Competence Center and a strong promoter of a sustainable approach to weed control.

Ultimately fewer seeds in the ground mean fewer weeds to treat during the season, and the next, and the next ... And that’s something farmers can really take to the bank. The seed bank, that is.

Have you tried tracking the weed seed bank? We’d love to hear from you how has worked in the comments section below.

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