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Weeds 'on the march' in northwestern Iowa

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Crop watcher Tom Oswald gets a view of his corn from a Hagie STS 12 as fungicide and insecticide is applied.

Will Jones has been struggling with weeds.

“The weeds are on the march again in the soybeans,” he said, adding “I can’t believe they’ve been as bad as they’ve been.”

The Sioux Rapids, Iowa farmer said he’s going to apply a pass of Liberty to address the problem and some glyphosate where places really need it.

In early June, Jones sprayed two passes of pre-emerge, but said it didn’t do much without any rain.

Will Jones

Will Jones

He got a few of his tissue samples back. Things are looking good for nitrogen but not great for potassium, he said.

“It’s par for the course when it’s dry,” he said.

Speaking of par, his weed trouble has kept him off the golf course. He said he’s gotten only two rounds of golf in all year. It’s not looking like he’ll be hitting the links anytime soon, either.

His sprayer has been working overtime and has thankfully been working well since breaking earlier in the summer.

“It’s been a real trouper since breaking, but it just has to keep going,” he said.

He’ll be applying with a Y drop, adding more fungicide and pesticide, he said.

“Spray, spray, spray,” he lamented.

A storm the week of July 4 laid down quite a bit of corn in the region, though he thinks it will be OK once he gets back through it with the Hagie.

Despite being frustrated about weeds and wind, Jones was grateful for the three inches of rain he got throughout the week of the Fourth of July.

Jones has also been busy hauling the last of the seed beans that got released from inventory and has been continuing his haying endeavors as well.

Melisa Goss, Associate Editor for the Tri-State Neighbor, is a South Dakota farm girl whose love of travel has allowed her to see ag’s vital impact around the world, from America’s heartland to the rice paddies of Southeast Asia and many places in between. She makes her home in Sioux Falls with her husband, daughter and miniature schnauzer. You can reach her at

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