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  Evaluation of Sethoxydim, Mesotrione and Tank Mixes for Poverty Oatgrass Control in the Cropping Year of Wild Blueberries

G.L. Graham and M.J. Melanson

Partner: Bleuets NB Blueberries

Abstract: Grass weeds continue to limit blueberry production in New Brunswick. Poverty oatgrass (Danthonia spicata) can escape typical hexazinone treatment and becomes a harvest issue in the crop year. Fluazifop–p–butyl is the only registered control option for grass in the crop year. Another potential product, sethoxydim, has shown good blueberry tolerance in previous trial work and could have a reduced pre–harvest interval, allowing for applications later in the season. Mesotrione has potential for crop year use and a tank mix application of both sethoxydim and mesotrione would provide a broad spectrum weed control. A trial was established near Pennfield, New Brunswick to evaluate sethoxydim, mesotrione and tank mixes for poverty oatgrass control within a commercial blueberry field entering the cropping phase of production. No crop injury was noted for all variables measured in this trial, indicating a good blueberry tolerance to crop year applications of mesotrione, sethoxydim and the tank mixes of these products. A high rate of sethoxydim was needed to suppress poverty oatgrass, as early suppression from the low sethoxydim rate did not continue in later ratings. Mesotrione alone had no effect on poverty oatgrass. The addition of mesotrione to sethoxydim did not improve or reduce control of poverty oatgrass, as all tank mix treatments were not significantly different from the related sethoxydim alone treatment. No difference was noted between treatments with or without Agral 90 added. Sethoxydim, mesotrione and a tank mix of both products would be beneficial additions for weed management in the wild blueberry industry.

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