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Bayer’s Suggestions For Limiting Herbicide Resistance In Turfgrass



This annual bluegrass in dormant bermudagrass may be resistant to glyphosate and should be controlled immediately with a different active ingredient to prevent spread. Photo: Bayer


Herbicide resistance is the inherited ability of a plant to survive and reproduce following exposure to a normally lethal dose of herbicide. Resistance has been growing exponentially in production agriculture over the last two decades and is becoming increasingly common in turfgrass management.

1.  Can herbicide resistance be predicted? – No, because of the wide variety of plant and management factors that contribute. However, common turfgrass weeds like annual bluegrass (ABG) and goosegrass have the characteristics to develop resistance in all situations if managed incorrectly.

2. How widespread is resistance in turf? – Weed resistance is most commonly found in weed species in the south, but isolates of common cool-season weeds like ABG, goosegrass, crabgrass, spurge, nutsedge, and plantain have been found with herbicide resistance.

3. What factors lead to herbicide resistance?

  • High genetic diversity –species like ABG and goosegrass are highly variable
  • High reproductive ability – ABG and goosegrass have tremendous seed production potential
  • Limited initial susceptibility to a herbicide – many POST herbicides have only limited efficacy on ABG or goosegrass
  • Using herbicides at the lowest or even below label rates to save expenses
  • Repeated use of a single herbicide or herbicides with the same site of action (SOA)
  • Cultural practices favoring survival, reproduction, and spread of target weed(s)

4. What can you do to limit resistance? Cultural practices to maximize turf competition over weed completion are essential. These include:

  • Mowing heights – as high as feasible for the given area on the course;
  • Fertility- use judicious rates and effective timings to maximize turf competitiveness;
  • Irrigation/drainage – maintain turf as dry as feasible to limit relatively shallow-rooted weeds;
  • Aerification timing – avoid aerification during periods of weed germination and aerify during peak growth of desired turf’
  • Overseeding – if bermudagrass fairways are annually overseeded with perennial ryegrass, consider skipping this practice every two to three years to enable using non-selective herbicides to control annual bluegrass; and
  • Disease and nematode control – limit openings in the canopy and maintain maximum health for competitiveness.

Besides cultural practices, herbicides should be used prudently to maximize control. Measure include:

Frequent Herbicides Used In Turf & Their Web site of Motion (previously mode of motion)

Frequent Identify Instance commerce identify Sort Web site of motion (WSSA)
Foramsulfuron Revolver® POST selective 2
Thiencarbazone + Foramsulfuron+ Halosufluron Tribute® Complete POST selective 2+2+2
Trifloxysulfuron Monument® POST selective 2
Dithiopyr Dimension® PRE selective 3
Pendimethalin Pendulum® PRE selective 3
Prodiamine Barricade® PRE selective 3
Pronamide Kerb® PRE/POST selective 3
Simazine Princep® 4L PRE/POST selective 5
Metribuzin Sencor® PRE/POST selective 5
Glyphosate RoundUp® POST nonselective 9
Glufosinate Finale® POST nonselective 10
Oxadiazon Ronstar® PRE selective 14
MSMA Many POST selective 27
Indaziflam Specticle® Flo PRE selective 29

Mudge is a Inexperienced Options Staff Supervisor and Dr. Reicher is a Inexperienced Options Staff Specialist with the Environmental Science Division of Bayer. For the unique article, go to here.