On Repeat

by James Banahan

by James Banahan

No doubt sometimes you feel a bit like a broken record (or, for you millennials, a skipping CD). You just find yourself repeating the same thing over and over and over…

That’s exactly how I’m feeling right now.  It’s how I’ve felt about this topic for some time now, but here goes anyway:

By now, you’re starting to harvest some soybeans or have a neighbor who is.  Finally you don’t have to look at that trashy bean field that just ticked you off all summer.  Good riddance, right?

But not quite.  Those weeds might be out of sight, out of mind, but somewhere not too deep inside, you know that they’re still there—all those pigweeds.  How many were in your fields?  How many sickle sections did you replace?  The not-so-scientific answer is a bunch.

So why in the name of all things good and wholesome would you want to go through that again?

Right now, you’re either smacking yourself on the forehead and saying, “I don’t!” or you’re becoming a bit suspicious, maybe a bit calculative even: “I don’t want to go through that again, but…”

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But how?

I’m guessing that you haven’t seen the value of a good ol’ fall burndown then.  Oh, but this is the year to do so.  This is the year to prove the value.  Because the weeds—they’re out there.  And the opportunity is very much better than usual as your cooperative has a quite awesome program out for fall herbicides and an attractive pricing structure for those of you concerned with cost, because grain prices kind of suck right now.

You get paid on bushels produced and having a population of weeds growing all throughout the fall and next spring isn’t very conducive to a bumper crop.  You can start solving that problem—and increasing your chances of that bumper crop I just mentioned—now.  Do yourself (and us all) a favor and do something this fall about your weed control next year.

Or you might look into your fields come spring and find your weeds back for a repeat performance.