In 2016 MFSA conducted research to investigate if alfalfa plant stand thinning could result in increased seed yields in declining fields (3+ years old). Three different implements were tested: Joker RT300, Salford RTS and Bourgeault 9200 Cultivator. These were 3 rep Random Complete Block field scale trials which had three treatments: untreated, 1 pass and 2 passes.
Once established, perennial weeds can be very difficult to control in legume crops. With limited options available for growers, research on weed control continued to be a priority for MFSA. Canada thistle is a weed that is found in many legume fields in MB causing yield losses. The objective of this research was to test existing products for their effectiveness in controlling CND thistle and to test tolerance of new products for possible registration.
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