Chickweed – Weed ID Wednesday

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This is a great time of year to scout pastures and hay fields for winter annuals and biennial weeds, as both can be effectively controlled with proper timing. Chickweed is a winter annual, which means that it germinates in the fall, grows into winter, then flowers and seeds out in early spring. The best time to control weeds is when they are small and actively growing. Effective control can help minimize flowering and seed production of the weeds.

Chickweed grows close to the ground with small light green leaves that are on opposing sides of the stem. The small white flower is a great identifying factor, but try to identify and implement control efforts before you see the bloom. Chemical control options of Chickweed include but are not limited to- Weedmaster, GrazonNext HL, 2-4,D, dicamba, etc. Be sure to read all labels and follow the directions accordingly for any chemical product you use.

If in small enough quantities to be done effectively, hand pulling chickweed is a cultural control option for your pastures and hayfields. It is still important to catch it before flowering and going to seed.

Check out these articles for more information-

Penn State Extension – Spring Weed Control in Grass Hay and Pasture

University of Florida – Winter Weed Control for Pastures Hay Fields

University of California – Chickweeds

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