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Growth Regulator Herbicides Prevent Invasive Annual Grass Seed Production

  • Matthew J. Rinella (a1), Marshall R. Haferkamp (a1), Robert A. Masters (a2), Jennifer M. Muscha (a1), Susan E. Bellows (a1) and Lance T. Vermeire (a1)...


Auxinic herbicides, such as 2,4-D and dicamba, that act as plant growth regulators are commonly used for broadleaf weed control in cereal crops (e.g., wheat, barley), grasslands, and noncroplands. If applied at late growth stages, while cereals are developing reproductive parts, the herbicides can reduce seed production. We tested whether growth regulators have this same effect on the invasive annual grass Japanese brome. The herbicides 2,4-D, dicamba, and picloram were applied at typical field use rates to Japanese brome at various growth stages in a greenhouse. Picloram reduced seed production nearly 100% when applied at the internode elongation, boot, or heading stages of growth, whereas dicamba appeared to be slightly less effective and 2,4-D was much less effective. Our results indicate it may be possible to control Japanese brome by using growth regulator herbicides to reduce its seed production, thereby depleting its short-lived seed bank.


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Growth Regulator Herbicides Prevent Invasive Annual Grass Seed Production

  • Matthew J. Rinella (a1), Marshall R. Haferkamp (a1), Robert A. Masters (a2), Jennifer M. Muscha (a1), Susan E. Bellows (a1) and Lance T. Vermeire (a1)...


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