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1 Weed Management in Caneberry Wayne Mitchem Orchard and Vineyard Floor Management Dept. of Horticultural Science Photo courtesy of “Growing Blackberries in NC”

2 Research based weed management information for caneberry is very limited! Recommendations based on herbicide utilization in other fruit crops and cultural considerations.

3 Weed Control is Important Weed control is important in establishing and maintaining a vigorous and highly productive blackberry planting. Hoeing, shallow disking and herbicides are recommended. Since blackberries produce shallow fleshy root systems, deep cultivation must be avoided. - Bramble Fact Sheet, Univ. of Florida

4 Weed Competition in Spring Planted Raspberries Trt.Canes/plot Avg. Ht. Canes/plot Avg. Ht. WF WF 5/ *5691 WF 6/27+11*23*37 *74 Weedy4*32*15* H.M. Lawson and J.S. Wiseman. Weed Research, 1976, Vol. 16:

5 Weed Competition in Spring Planted Raspberries Trt.Kg/plotg/caneg/100 cm cane WF WF 5/ *20*77* WF 6/ *17*60 # Weedy0.06*15*41 $ Fruit Yield Data H.M. Lawson and J.S. Wiseman. Weed Research, 1976, Vol. 16:

6 Caneberry Ground Cover Management 4 ft weed-free band Row middles or drive alley –Established sod –Annual cover crop –Native vegetation

7 Herbicide Strip How Wide is Wide Enough?

8 Effect of Herbicide Strip Width on Grape Yield LSD 0.05 Kg/Vine 96 b c c c bc ab a Wilkes Co., NC Buckelew, Mitchem and Monks, unpublished

9 Weed Management in Newly Planted Caneberry Cultivation (newly planted) Hand removal (newly planted) Herbicides –Injury (POST) –Cost effective

10 PRE Herbicide Options in Newly Planted Brambles Simazine 4F or 90DG – 1 qt or 1.1 lb/A –Activation within 14 to 21 days –Controls ragweed, lambsquarters, pigweed, henbit, prickly lettuce, purslane, and annual grasses –DO NOT use on tissue culture plants the first year of planting Gallery 75 DF to 1.33 oz –Activation within 21 days –Controls a number of broadleaf weeds; MG suppression

11 PRE Herbicide Options in Newly Planted Brambles Devrinol 50 DF – 4 lb/A –Activation within 24 hrs is best Oryzalin or Surflan – 2 to 4 qt/A –Activation within 14 to 21 days –Controls annual grasses, pigweed, lambsquarters –DO NOT use on tissue culture plants during the first year.

12 Newly Planted Blackberry Herbicide Programs Bare Ground –Option #1 Cultivation (until plants get established) or Paraquat with hand held shielded application equipment PRE herbicide –Surflan + ½ rate Simazine (when plants get 12’ or more new growth) –Surflan (may follow with a second application) Poast or Select if needed Paraquat late summer –Option #2 PRE herbicide –Surflan + ½ rate of simazine or Devrinol –Surflan Poast or Select if needed Paraquat late summer (canes need to be 3 ft tall or more)

13 Newly Planted Blackberry Herbicide Programs Plasticulture –Hand weed in the holes around the crop ($10 to $15 per 100 plants). If fumigation used there will be some benefit (but don’t expect a lot). –Area adjacent to the plastic bed (1 foot or so on each side of the bed) Surflan + ½ rate Simazine (applied in area adjacent to bed) Paraquat (applied in area adjacent to the bed as needed) Poast or Select (over the top if needed) Failing to control weeds in area adjacent to the bed will result in torn plastic from mowing creating an additional weed problem

14 PRE Herbicide Options Established Brambles Sinbar – 1 to 2 lb/A –Established plantings of 1 year or more –Apply in spring prior to fruit set –Do not apply within 70 days of harvest –Do not use on sandy soils with less than 1% OM –Activation within 14 days –Controls horseweed, pigweed, lambsquarters, annual morningglory, ragweed, Florida pusley, annual grasses Casoron 4G – 100 lb/A –Soil surface application may be applied in January –May be applied up until May 1 if incorporated immediately –Established plantings (1+ year) –Controls ragweed, dandelion, dogfennel, horseweed

15 PRE Herbicide Options Established Brambles Solicam – 2.5 to 5 lb/A –Dormant application –Weak on pigweed and lambsquarter –Excellent on annual grasses, prickly sida, dogfennel, spurge –Suppresses yellow and purple nutsedge –Activation within 28 days; Brambles est. 12 mos. Oryzalin or Surflan – 2 to 4 qt/A –Activation within 14 to 21 days Simazine 4F or 90DG – 2-4 qt or lb/A –Even at higher rates the addition of Surflan will be necessary for maximum residual annual grass control. –Split application

16 POST Herbicide Options in Brambles Gramoxone Max to 2.7 pt/A or Firestorm 1.3 to 2.7 pt/A 0.25 % v/v –Contact with new canes will cause injury –May tank mix with PRE herbicides Glyphosate – 11 to 32 oz/A or 1 to 3 pt/A –DO NOT ALLOW CONTACT WITH GREEN CANES, BARK OR FOLIAGE –Apply as a directed shielded spray The safest place for glyphosate around blackberry plants is in the jug!

17 POST Herbicide Options in Brambles Aim – 0.8 to 2 fl. oz/A 1% v/v –15 day PHI Poast – 1.5 to 2.5 pt/A 1 % v/v –45 day PHI Fusilade – 12 to 24 oz/A 1% v/v –Nonbearing use only Select – 6 to 8 oz/A 0.25 % v/v –Nonbearing use only

18 Recommended Herbicide Programs for Established Blackberry Plantings Crop AgeFallWinterSpringSummer Blackberry and Raspberry Established 1 or more years PRE (Simazine + Surflan or Sinbar) (Paraquat if needed) Paraquat (definitely post harvest) or Aim (as needed) PRE (Simazine, Sinbar, or Surflan) + Paraquat PRE + Paraquat (if needed) Prior to primocane emergence Paraquat (definitely post harvest) or Aim (as needed); Simazine + Solicam + Paraquat Paraquat (definitely post harvest) or Aim (as needed) ParaquatCasoronParaquat (definitely post harvest) or Aim (as needed)

19 Post Harvest Paraquat applied after floracane removal September 2008

20 Benefits from Fall PRE Application Controls winter annual weeds that can be difficult to control with paraquat (horseweed, cutleaf eveningprimrose) Delays application time of Spring PRE Clean area for crown borer sprays applied post- harvest.

21 Sinbar Brings More than PRE Control

22 What is This?

23 Bermudagrass Control 1.5 pt/A fb 1.0 pt/A –Apply when 4” new growth appear –Second application when regrowth occurs Include COC at 1% v/v (1 gal. Per 100 gal of spray solution) Remember the PHI = 45 days

24 Newly Planted Blackberry Response to Herbicides * * * Blackberry planted June 5 th ; Herbicides applied July 3 rd. LSD 0.05 Jennings and Mitchem, 2007 % Injury Lincoln Co., NC

25 Established Blackberry Response to Herbicides * Blackberry planted 1997; Herbicides applied July 17th. LSD 0.05 Jennings, 2007 % Injury Sandhills Research Station

26 Herbicide in IR-4 with Real Potential for Registration Clethodim – shorter PHI than Poast – 7 days Halosulfuron (Sandea) Flumioxazin (Chateau)

27 Contact Info Wayne Mitchem (mobile) (office/fax)


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