Look at these pretty flowers. Wait . . . that’s a nasty weed! It’s my old nemesis, Leafy Spurge. I can’t believe it, but there’s some right around my field. It’s my first year with this field, and there are certainly a lot of other things to fix up. Weed control can be added to the list. So how would you deal with this weed?
Leafy Spurge is a primary noxious weed (and the state flower of North Dakota – sorry Matt). With a vast underground system of roots called rhizomes, this is a fast spreading weed. It can severely decrease the value of your soil, the production of your grassland, and your reputation with your neighbors. There is one answer right now: Tordon. A straight shot of Tordon (in non-crop and non-aquatic areas) at about 1 quart per acre is the best answer for Leafy Spurge control. We’ll hit this patch with some Tordon and may not see it come back again. If a few spurge plants make it back next year, we’ll hit them again and the problem will be gone.
The reason I bring this up is because of where the spurge popped up. It’s in the grass along the side of the field.
With the weed of the week under control the focus can shift back to the corn. We’re finally getting some heat to go along with the moisture. The Blank Slate field is taking off!