Published online by Cambridge University Press: 12 June 2017
The performance of four sequential weed management models that assumed either low or high risk was compared to the performance of two sugarbeet consultants, one who assumed low risk and the other high risk. Weed management recommendations were performed over one growing season at two locations, each with several levels of weed populations. Recommendations for preplant, postemergence, and layby herbicide treatments or late-season handweeding differed among the four weed management levels. The high-risk management level was labor intensive and the low-risk management level was herbicide intensive. Weed populations at harvest, recoverable sucrose, and net return above weed control costs were not different among the four weed management levels. Weeds can be controlled in sugarbeets by employing weed management practices based on bioeconomic modeling.
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