Management of herbicide-resistant Phalaris minor in wheat by sequential or tank-mix applications of pre- and post-emergence herbicides in north-western Indo-Gangetic Plains uri icon

abstract

  • Development of cross resistance or multiple cross resistance in Phalaris minor in wheat will continue to increase, as the weed develops mechanisms of resistance against new herbicides. This weed is a major threat to wheat productivity in north-western India, and as such needs to be addressed with integrated weed management approaches, including crop and herbicide rotations, herbicide combinations along with cultural and mechanical methods. Three field experiments were conducted during 2008-09 to 2012 -13 along with large plot adaptive trials during 2012-13 with the objective to evaluate the efficacy of sequential applications of pendimethalin applied pre-emergent followed by clodinafop, sulfosulfuron, or pinoxaden applied post-emergent and tank-mix applications of metribuzin with these post-emergence herbicides for the management of herbicide-resistant P. minor in wheat. Clodinafop 60 g ha(-1) or sulfosulfuron 25 g ha(-1) at 35 days after sowing (DAS) and pendimethalin 1000 g ha(-1) as pre-emergence did not provide consistently effective control of P. minor in wheat. An increase in the dose of clodinafop from 60 to 75 g ha(-1) and of sulfosulfuron from 25 to 30 g ha(-1) also did not improve their efficacy to a satisfactory level. However, pinoxaden 50 g ha(-1) provided effective control (97-100%) of P. minor but not of broadleaf weeds. The tank-mix application of metribuzin with clodinafop 60 g ha(-1) or sulfosulfuron 25 g ha(-1) at 35 DAS and the sequential application of pendimethalin 1000 g ha(-1) or trifluralin 1000 g ha(-1) just after sowing followed by clodinafop 60 g ha(-1) or sulfosulfuron 25 g ha(-1) at 35 DAS provided 90-100% control of P. minor along with broadleaf weeds in wheat, thus resulting in improved grain yields (4.72-5.75 t ha(-1)) when compared to clodinafop 60 g ha(-1) (3.85-5.60 t ha(-1)) or sulfosulfuron 25 g ha(-1) alone (3.95-5.10 t ha(-1)). The efficacy of mesosulfuron + iodosulfuron (a commercial mixture) 14.4 g ha(-1) against P. minor was not consistent across the experiments and over the years. The ready-mix combination of fenoxaprop + metribuzin (100 + 175 g ha(-1)) at 35 DAS provided effective control of weeds but its varietal sensitivity needs to be determined before its use in field conditions. The tank-mix or sequential application of herbicides would be a better option than their applications alone to manage the serious problem of herbicide-resistant P. minor in wheat. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

publication date

  • 2016
  • 2016
  • 2016