Most herbicide labels caution against applications made under environmental stress such as prevailing hot and dry conditions in Iowa this year. This is because of increased risk of crop injury and/or decreased weed control.
CENTRALIA, Mo. — On a warm, late spring day in Audrain County, Sonny and Mary Orth were at work on their farm, getting produce ready for their next farmers market. Sonny was running a tiller in the large garden while Mary was tying tomato plants to keep them growing higher.
Canada thistle has been a consistent threat to crop production and perennial habitats since its introduction to the area in the late 1800s. Canada thistle is commonly found in crop fields, pastures, hay fields, CRP and other full sun habitats.
For Rachel Hopkins, taking care of the family farm in Crawford County, down in the Ozarks, is part of her heritage. Her family has owned the farm since the mid-1930s, and she runs it with her father, Steve Yocom. They raise cattle and put up hay.