If I had to burn April one because of time, could I add atrazine or oust after the burn to keep cool seasons at bay. Because of time it is going to be hard fur me to burn first of May ? Thanks
I've read a lot of comments about having larger sections, that aren't strips, planted to switch. For preditor reasons or to get deer to actually bed in it. I have a lot of "holes" in one section that I can get into switch or NWSGs. About 8 fields ranging from 1.5 - 5 acreas. the areas are brome and doing nothing now...is it a waste of time and money to plant these areas compared to the cover usability that it could provide. Alternatively, I could just spray the brome and see how thick and tall the weeds get.
I would say it is not a waste of time. 5 acres of nice switchgrass should hold some deer. Brome grass is worthless in my opinion, I am in the same boat, and will kill of brome next year and add switch, possibly some trees on the edge.
U can and that's about the rate I'd run. (Reminder - u do not want fresh & heavily active metolachlor on switch seed). This is a little tricky... u want to get it down well before switch seed germinates. Problem with switch SEED is it often doesn't germ until late June or even July sometimes. So it's a pain in the butt to time this all right.
To simplify- what u are trying to juggle is 2 things you don't want and 1 thing u do want...
don't want weeds, foxtail, etc. and u don't want a harmful herbicide that's still there to impact switch. Ideally u want harmful herbicide gone around time switch emerges. I'd also add 2 oz of plateau as well IMO. If really early spraying- do 5-6 oz and it'll be gone by time switch germinates.
What u DO want is active atrazine on soil at time of germination with few weeds.
Not easy to juggle.
Here's one of a dozen ways to go about this....
Have as dead and clean of field as possible going into spring. Frost seed switch ideally. Spray as many times as possible & realistic between time weeds start going and seed germinates. Put harmful herbicides to switch in earlier and remove later (metolachlor, 2,4d, etc). Every spray must include: post emergent (liberty or round up) and atrazine (IMO atrazine and I do apply multiple times in spring). Again, add others (non atrazine) early so gone later. Spray when see weeds until around June. After that (ur last spray had atrazine )..... let it go.
If u messed up on not spraying enough, too many weeds, etc - mow one or possibly 2 times. Based on how bad smothered. Walk away. Switch (if done right) will end up being 1-5' tall depending on mowing and if u did right.
Messed up a year???.... interseed more over winter and repeat BUT if existing switch in there (which there Almost has to be some) - stop the spraying about mid may. Mow as needed, higher and remember - that switch explodes for growth in August. That's when it shines & surprises u. Good luck
be fine and if it's newly planted seed- I think you could spray with post emergent & atrazine until June. Couple more sprayings won't hurt a thing if ur able. And I bet u still could possibly have some weeds. July when that seed starts- it's gonna go from "nothing" to 3-5' tall if u time things right. Obviously make sure u don't use post emergents when switch is germinating.Skip you thinking march 30th be a good time to do atrazine , Metaclor , 2oz Panoramic. ?
In all of mine I encourage every weed that I can get.I think about a field of NWSG to be like a freshly dug pond,fish can live in it but they will just swim around.If you have trees,shrubs or weeds that where wildlife will gravitate to.I prefer cedars but can be hard to maintain.I have started working with some cattle guys to swath and bale some each year so I don't have to burn and risk losing trees
Could lack of moisture and temperatures have an effect on switch grass stratification this spring , actually seeded my new fields in January