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Mon May 20, 2013 11:43 AM CDT

If drought wasn't enough of a challenge, thin winter wheat stands may throw farmers another curve ball with a spring flush of summer annual weeds.

Thin, late and open wheat stands resulting from poor germination and limited tillering last fall allow weeds greater opportunity to compete in the field, warns Dallas Peterson, Kansas State University weed management specialist.

HIGH RISK

"If you have a thin stand or even late-developing wheat, that gives those weeds more of an opportunity to be competitive and really cause some problems," Peterson explains. "They have an open canopy, good access to nutrients and light, and ...

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