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Weed Wiper Technology and Usage

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While weed wipers have been all but forgotten among row crop farmers, many pasture and range producers in the United States have never heard about them. There is great potential for using wick applicators for weed control in meadows and pastures in the Great Plains of the United States. Cattle and other grazing animals consume forage and typically avoid weeds. This results in weeds taller than the desirable forage, allowing the weeds to be easily treated with a wick applicator.

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Jim Johnson serves as a senior soils and crops consultant at Noble Research Institute, where he has worked since 1999. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in soil science from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in agronomy from Oklahoma State University, he worked in various plant breeding programs in Nebraska, Texas and Oklahoma. His interests are cover crops and soil health.