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Extension Agronomy

Fall control of bindweed

Field bindweed is a deep-rooted perennial weed that severely reduces crop yields and land value. This noxious weed infests just under 2 million acres, and is found in every county in Kansas.  Bindweed is notoriously hard to control, especially with a single herbicide application. The fall, prior to a killing freeze, can be an excellent time to treat field bindweed -- especially when good fall moisture has been received. This perennial weed is moving carbohydrate deep into its root system during this period, which can assist the movement of herbicide into the root system. 

 

Figure 1. Field bindweed ready for a fall treatment. Photos by Curtis Thompson, K-State Research and Extension.

The most effective control program includes preventive measures over several years in conjunction with persistent and timely herbicide applications. The use of narrow row spacings and vigorous, competitive crops such as winter wheat or forage sorghum may aid control.

Dicamba, Tordon, 2,4-D ester, and glyphosate products alone or in various combinations are registered for suppression or control of field bindweed in fallow and/or in certain crops, pastures, and rangeland. Apply each herbicide or herbicide mixture according to directions, warnings, and precautions on the product label(s). Single herbicide applications rarely eliminate established bindweed stands.

Applications of 2,4-D ester and glyphosate products are most effective when spring-applied to vigorously growing field bindweed in mid to full bloom. However, dicamba and Tordon applications are most effective when applied in the fall. Most herbicide treatments are least effective when applied in mid-summer or when bindweed plants are stressed.

Facet L, at 22 to 32 fl oz/acre, a new quinclorac product which now replaces Paramount and QuinStar quinclorac products, can be applied to bindweed in fallow prior to planting winter wheat or grain sorghum with no waiting restrictions. All other crops have a 10-month preplant interval. Quinclorac products can be used on a sorghum crop to control field bindweed during the growing season. In past K-State tests, fall applications of Paramount have been very effective as shown in two of the tables below.

Additional noncropland treatments for bindweed control include Krenite S, Plateau, and Journey.

Considerable research has been done on herbicide products and timing for bindweed control. Although the research is not recent, the products used for bindweed control and the timing options for those products haven’t changed much since this work was done. As a result, the research results in the charts below remain very useful today.

Fall vs. Spring and Summer Herbicide Application for Control of Field Bindweed in the Texas Panhandle: 1976-1982

 

Season of application

Treatment

Rate (lbs ai/acre)

Spring

(April or May)

Summer (June, July, or Aug.)

Fall

(Sept. or Oct.)

 

% Control one year after treatment

Roundup

2.9

83

77

60

Banvel

1.0

56

41

71

2,4-D ester

1.0

65

49

55

Tordon + 2,4-D ester

0.25 + 0.5

55

56

84

Tordon + Banvel

0.25 + 0.25

47

73

87

Tordon + Roundup

0.20 + 1.6

52

73

79

 

% Control two years after treatment

Roundup

2.9

67

63

32

Banvel

1.0

31

37

34

2,4-D ester

1.0

46

42

10

Source: Field Bindweed Control in Field Crops and Fallow, MF-913 http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/bookstore/pubs/MF913.pdf

 

 

 

 

September-Applied Treatments for Control of Field Bindweed:

Randall Currie and Curtis Thompson, Southwest Research-Extension Center 1992-1993

Treatment

Rate

Average % Control in Spring

Banvel

4 oz

31

Banvel

8 oz

44

Banvel

1 pt

85

2,4-D

1 pt

48

Banvel + 2,4-D

8 oz + 8 oz

82

Paramount

5.3 oz

91

Paramount + Banvel

5.3 oz + 4 oz

98

Paramount + Banvel

5.3 oz + 8 oz

97

Source: 1995 Field Day Southwest Research-Extension Center, Report of Progress 739 www.ksre.ksu.edu/historicpublications/pubs/SRP739.PDF

 

September-Applied Treatments for Control of Field Bindweed:

Randall Currie, Southwest Research-Extension Center 1992-1997

Treatment

Rate

Average % Control in Spring

Banvel

4 oz

19

Banvel

8 oz

65

Banvel

1 pt

89

2,4-D

1 pt

72

2,4-D

1 qt

81

Glyphosate

1 qt (IPA)

68

Paramount

5.3 oz

90

Tordon

8 oz

75

Tordon

1 pt

98

Source: 1999 Field Day Southwest Research-Extension Center, Report of Progress 837 www.ksre.ksu.edu/historicpublications/pubs/srp837.pdf

For more information on controlling bindweed, see 2014 Chemical Weed Control for Field Crops, Rangeland, Pastures, and Noncropland, K-State publication SRP-1081, http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/bookstore/pubs/srp1099.pdf

 

Curtis Thompson, Extension Agronomy State Leader and Weed Management Specialist
cthompso@ksu.edu