Weeds are a major issue in watermelon production. One contributing factor is the wide spacing required around seedlings. When large areas of the field are bare early in the growing season, weeds can become established and outcompete the crop. Studies have confirmed yield losses of up to 82 percent.
A team of researchers recently set out to determine whether bicyclopyrone, an HPPD inhibitor, could be used in watermelon. If so, it would provide an alternative for extended residual weed control via a new site of action -- allowing growers to rotate herbicides and reduce selection pressure for resistance.
Field - Study - Impact - Bicyclopyrone - Watermelon
A two-year field study evaluated the impact of bicyclopyrone on watermelon plants...
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