​Event Scheduled for June 19

Picture of participants at weed management plot
Larry S​teckel, UT Extension, leads visitors through a weed management research plot at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center. The 2019 Weed Tour is scheduled for Wednesday, June 19. Photo by G. Rowsey, courtesy UTIA. 

JACKSON, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will host the annual Weed Tour on Wednesday, June 19, at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center. The guided tour will feature 60 weed management research tests in corn, soybean and cotton. 


Weed Tour runs from 9 – 11:30 a.m., with registration opening at 8:30 a.m. A light breakfast will be served.


Larry Steckel, UT Extension weed specialist, will lead the tour, along with Clay Perkins, Ph.D. candidate with the UT Department of Plant Sciences, and Travis Legleiter, Extension assistant professor with the University of Kentucky. 


“Most of the research featured in the 2019 Weed Tour involves management of glyphosate-resistant horseweed and Palmer amaranth,” says Steckel. “Management of these weeds in Liberty, Balance Bean, glyphosate, Xtend and Enlist weed control systems along with some of the new herbicide traits on the horizon in cotton and soybeans will be highlighted.”


Steckel says the tour will also cover research-based strategies to manage the increasing problem with glyphosate-resistant grass species, as well as glyphosate/PPO-resistant Palmer amaranth. Cultural weed control practices and many of the newer premixes in corn and soybean will be demonstrated. 


At the conclusion, tour leaders will be available for consultation, as well as discussion of issues and product performance.


The West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center is located at 605 Airways Boulevard, Jackson, Tennessee. Upon arriving, follow signs to the weed management research plots. For directions, or more information, call 731-425-4717.


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Larry Steckel, professor, UT Department of Plant Sciences, 731-425-4705, lsteckel@utk.edu


Ginger Rowsey, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 731-425-4768, gtrice@tennessee.edu