Published online by Cambridge University Press: 20 January 2017
Diflufenzopyr is a synergist that has improved the efficacy of certain auxin-type herbicides such as dicamba on many broadleaf weed species. However, little is known regarding the activity of diflufenzopyr with other auxin-type herbicides. Russian knapweed is an invasive creeping perennial that is susceptible to certain pyridine carboxylic acids, which are auxin-type herbicides. The objective of this research was to determine if the addition of diflufenzopyr to three pyridine carboxylic acid herbicides enhances long-term control of Russian knapweed in Wyoming. All treatments were applied in the fall. Treatments included aminopyralid (0, 0.05, 0.09, and 0.12 kg ae/ha), clopyralid (0, 0.16, 0.21, 0.31, and 0.42 kg ae/ha) and picloram (0, 0.14, 0.28, 0.42, and 0.56 kg ae/ha), applied with and without diflufenzopyr (0.06 and 0.11 kg ae/ha). Twelve mo after treatment (MAT), diflufenzopyr had no significant impact on Russian knapweed control with either aminopyralid or picloram, and had significant but inconsistent impacts on knapweed control with clopyralid. At 24 MAT, diflufenzopyr did not enhance Russian knapweed control with either aminopyralid or clopyralid and was slightly antagonistic with picloram. These results indicate that the addition of diflufenzopyr does not improve Russian knapweed control with fall applications of either aminopyralid, clopyralid, or picloram.
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