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Old 11-03-2019, 08:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How do prevent/eliminate buttercup in your food plots without killing what you’ve planted? I know I can spray with 2-4D but will kill all of my broadleaf plants like rape, turnips and the like..
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I can't think of any selective herbicide that will kill buttercup and not smoke brassicas. If it is causing a problem, next year might be time to plant a foodplot without broadleafs and kill off your broadleafs with a selective herbicide.
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I have a patch that has buttercup thick in a low spot. At 10:30am yesterday, there were 2 deer in the buttercup. Do they eat it?
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next year might be time to plant a foodplot without broadleafs and kill off your broadleafs with a selective herbicide..
We are thinking about spraying the plots at the end of the season, before the buttercup flowers and seeds, to see if we can kill it. The problem is the existing seed bed, we may have to do this several years in a row to get the buttercup under control.
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I have a patch that has buttercup thick in a low spot. At 10:30am yesterday, there were 2 deer in the buttercup. Do they eat it?
We've never seen them feed on it.
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Just curious, was the field disked? Ours is coming up in a no-tilled field.
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Just curious, was the field disked? Ours is coming up in a no-tilled field.
We’ve done both tilled and throw and mow plots. Both have buttercup coming up in them. The throw and mow plots are not as bad as the tilled plots. I think disturbing the soil by disking or tilling opens up the seed bank so more buttercup will come up.
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We've never seen them feed on it.
Put out an exclusion cage. They will eat it. They really like it in the early spring. Someone here awhile back recommended Harmony Extra herbicide for Buttercup control. Said to use at a rate of .45 to .9 ounces per acre. I haven't tried the Harmony Extra but I know the other usual herbicides only kill it back for awhile and then it will come back later like you've never treated the area.
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We are thinking about spraying the plots at the end of the season, before the buttercup flowers and seeds, to see if we can kill it. The problem is the existing seed bed, we may have to do this several years in a row to get the buttercup under control.
I've been spraying it in a field I have with R/U and 2-4D for several years and it hasn't made any long term effect on the Buttercup. It is either coming back from the roots or there is a huge Buttercup soil seed bank there.
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best way to kill it is to use a weed wiper applicator
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