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09-09-2012 18:29:15

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My neighbor next door is a bto and corperate farmer. They have beans in and cockleburs taller than the beans. I am afraid I am going to have some trouble with them in the near future. Is their anything solid about adding zinc to the soil to get rid of them? I understand that if you can keep them mowed down this will also get rid of them. your thoughts?

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Jim SC

09-10-2012 13:40:05

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 Re: cockleburs in reply to Animal, 09-09-2012 18:29:15  
I mowed mine for three years and haven't had any in the past several years. Of course, I did repeated mowing so I grew nothing for three years also. kind of a catch, ya know.

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09-10-2012 06:02:30

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 Re: cockleburs in reply to Animal, 09-09-2012 18:29:15  
Never heard about the Zinc thing.......must be somekind of "organic" idea. Cockleburrs are the most "determined" of all the weeds. Mowing them does not do much good as they will produce a seed from a short little stub even after they've been mowed off. I"ve seen it many times. 2-4-d is about as effective as anything. You need to stay after them with the sprayer for at least 3 years "in a row". The best organic control is pulling them by hand and burning the entire plant after it has dried.

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09-10-2012 06:00:05

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 Re: cockleburs in reply to Animal, 09-09-2012 18:29:15  
cockleburs are tough to control,simply because they can lay in the ground for so control ive ever found ,and whats recommended here most of the time, is to pull them by hand when young,or burn them.spray doesnt work so well,simply because you leave the seed on plant.when it dries its good to go and they are viable seeds at a very young age. Im going to have a jillion of them in these old nearly dry ponds.i'm going to burn mine,if they ever lift the burn ban that is. IF you spray ,i understand,timing is critical and you need a spray with a good residual. mowing will get rid of them if you can keep after it.

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09-09-2012 21:45:30

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 Re: cockleburs in reply to Animal, 09-09-2012 18:29:15  
Dad fought those things never let them get startd, and have few on my farm.

Wife & I bought a neighobring 40, they are thick as a dog there. Been spraying them 5 years now, and they still come up thick. Bad deal once they get established.


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Retired Farmer

09-09-2012 20:48:39

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 Re: cockleburs in reply to Animal, 09-09-2012 18:29:15  
Report him to your county weed and pest district if you have one.

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09-09-2012 19:01:54

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 Re: cockleburs in reply to Animal, 09-09-2012 18:29:15  
Cockleburs are a weed that is odd.

By odd I mean each seed pod or burr has 2 seeds. One will grow next year and the other year after next.

So to kill them you have to control every weed for 2 years in a row to get them.

We fight them here and the best control is a hay field for 3 or 4 years that is mowed 2 more times a year.

They also like to come up late after you can no longer get down the rows of corn or beans.

Good luck I'm still fighting them here.I think I'm gaining on them.


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