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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-15-2017, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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Weed problem in clover plot

Would like to know what this weed this is in my clover plot. What is the best herbicide to get rid of it and what time of year is the best to get rid of this weed. Any help would be great. Thanks
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-15-2017, 06:41 AM
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timberdoodle is on the money - PA smartweed....a great plant if you are trying to attracts some ducks, but not so much for deer. It has already gone to seed, which isn't good.

Your best bet is to spray next spring. Butyrac 200 is used on broadleaf weeds in clover plots...in addition, some guys use a 1oz per gallon Round Up (Gly) solution on clover in the early spring to battle any type of weed - as long as the clover is established and has decent ground moisture, it will bounce right back after the Gly application.
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Deer pick at it and turkeys seem to hit it quite a bit. I wouldn't go out of my way to cultivate it as there are many better things to plant.
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Thanks guys for all the input
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-16-2017, 04:55 PM
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I've seen smart weed growing very heavy, almost a mono-culture in some field lanes, areas where the vegetation overall is kept mowed pretty short. And the soil is compacted by the vehicle (tractors, pickup truck, 4 wheeler.)

And right next to this is often a field with a good stand of grasses & legumes. And in there you see little or no smartweed.

Why the difference? Part of it I think is the compaction of the soil. That seems to favor smartweed. This is not something I've read. It's just a pattern that I think is true, from my own observations.

If it's true that compaction is favorable for smartweed and not so good for other plants that when thriving crowd out smartweed, that might give you some ideas to try.

That is, loosening up the soil, then seeding with something else that hopefully will crowd it out. Maybe a grasses/legume mix?

Let us know what happens.
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