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Anybody that frost seeded or planted by other means this year, have germination yet? I drilled mine 8 days ago, only see a few sprouts, nothing significant yet and certainly no visible rows.
I did and I have some coming up.

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I'm seeing more and more switch seedlings popping up. Also, my weed control looks good in 90% of the planting, have 2 areas of horse tail that bug the shi% out of me.
 
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IceHog, I'm dealing with horsetail as well. One quart of 2,4-d per acre should put a major dent in that stuff. Not sure if it will ever be gone. It has an extensive root system. I may spray small areas in the switch with 2,4-d soon, and hope for the best. If I can eradicate the horsetail, I may have to replant some small areas of switch next year.
 

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Mike,
I'm gonna wait (2) more weeks before hitting it with 2,4-d, hoping to get to the 4 leaf stage.
 
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can you use 24-d on 1st year switchgrass?
Yes, just not too early in the growth stage. That situation poses a problem because you can't nail the broadleaf weed in their early stages. It'll work out, but the lack of rain is probably worse than the weeds.
 
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Yes, just not too early in the growth stage. That situation poses a problem because you can't nail the broadleaf weed in their early stages. It'll work out, but the lack of rain is probably worse than the weeds.
is there a certain length you would wait for to spray with 2-4D or would trimming back the weeds be a better idea? This is a relatively small area (1 acre) I could probably hit the weedy spots with a string trimmer if needed
 

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Having 3-4 leaves on the grasses is the minimum size they recommend spraying.
 

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Spraying 2,4-D is a good idea. You can also mow first year switch 2-3 times to combat weeds. Wait til the switch is well-established and set the mower height above the switch.
 

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Good info on spraying and mowing, guys. 20 years ago, I planted a few acres of switchgrass. I did not pre treat the area with chemicals and I never sprayed the area with chemicals post planting. All I did was mow, and the stand of switchgrass turned out very good. That planting was in southern Michigan on heavy(lots of clay), moist soil. I believe the soil type and soil moisture played a big role in the success of that planting.
 

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Looks like foxtail will be my major competitor. Not a fan of foxtail, lol.
 

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Mike, how long did it take to fully establish with mowing, 3 years? I bet it looked like a weedy mess for quite some time.
 

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Ekbelt3, it took about 3 years to get fully established with mowing only. I planted 3 areas using this method and the area with heavy, moist soil turned out the best. The switchgrass didn't do nearly as well on drier sites when using only mowing as the method for weed control.
 

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I put in switch .....Real World Wildlife's, Timber & Shawnee from Ernst......about 3 weeks ago.
As of today, I've seen no emergence of the switch (it was drilled so seedlings in-line would be my signal.)

I used Simazine and am generally pleased with its effectiveness. Have some volunteer buckwheat, surprisingly. Of all things.
My fear was marestail and mustard. But, thankfully they seem suppressed.
 
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I put in switch .....Real World Wildlife's, Timber & Shawnee from Ernst......about 3 weeks ago.
As of today, I've seen no emergence of the switch (it was drilled so seedlings in-line would be my signal.)

I used Simazine and am generally pleased with its effectiveness. Have some volunteer buckwheat, surprisingly. Of all things.
My fear was marestail and mustard. But, thankfully they seem suppressed.
Oh I have Mustard. I sprayed with Simazine just before green up. Going to mow Saturday.


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I ended up spraying some test strips of my new switchgrass with 2,4-d amine @ 1 quart per acre on Sunday. I'll report back on what affect it has on the seedlings, I've read several articles that indicate the Amine product seems to be tolerable on small seedlings, we'll see. I've also ordered some Sulfosulfuron, it's very expensive, but at this point what's another few hundred bucks :(
 
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