Weed Identification and Control

Information on weed identification and control, including catsear, marestail, purple loosestrife, pokeweed, pigweed, poison ivy, crabgrass, hemlock, purslane and multiflora rose. Tips on various herbicides and integrated pest management.

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Lambsquarters (Chenopodium album)
Management of Triazine-Resistant Pigweed and Lambsquarters - Articles Articles
Since the discovery of triazine resistance in the United States occurred in the late 1960s, more than 50 species of weeds have developed weed resistance problems. More
Johnsongrass (Sorghum halepense)
Johnsongrass and Shattercane Control: An Integrated Approach - Articles Articles

Johnsongrass and Shattercane Control: An Integrated Approach

Dwight Lingenfelter, William S. Curran, Ph.D.

Johnsongrass and shattercane are closely related grass weeds that are troublesome and persistent in row crops, where they reduce yield and quality. More
Wirestem Muhly Management in Agronomic Crops
Wirestem Muhly Management in Agronomic Crops - Articles Articles

Wirestem Muhly Management in Agronomic Crops

Dwight Lingenfelter, William S. Curran, Ph.D.

Wirestem muhly (Muhlenbergia frondosa) is a perennial grass species that can be problematic in conservation tillage production systems throughout Pennsylvania and the Northeast. More
Noxious Weed - Catsear
Noxious Weed - Catsear - Articles Articles
Catsear (Hypochaeris radicata or Hypochoeris radicata), also known as flatweed, cat's ear or false dandelion, is a perennial, low-lying herb often found in lawn. More
Waterhemp in soybeans
2016 Penn State Agronomy Herbicide Trial Report - Articles Articles
This weed field trials report is a summary of the 2016 herbicide trials conducted in corn soybean, and other field crops by the Department of Plant Science at Penn State. More
Horseweed in soybean
2015 Penn State Agronomy Herbicide Trial Report - Articles Articles
This weed field trials report is a summary of the 2015 herbicide trials conducted in corn soybean, and other field crops by the Department of Plant Science at Penn State. More
Quackgrass Management: An Integrated Approach
Quackgrass Management: An Integrated Approach - Articles Articles

Quackgrass Management: An Integrated Approach

Dwight Lingenfelter, William S. Curran, Ph.D.

Quackgrass is a widespread, persistent, cool-season, grassy weed found in Pennsylvania row and forage crops. This competitive perennial grass can reduce crop yields up to 95 percent. More
Keeping greenhouses free of weeds helps control diseases and insect pests.
Zero Tolerance for Weeds in the Greenhouse - Articles Articles
"Don't let weeds grow in the greenhouse." Growers know it, customers sense it, and Extension educators preach it. But is zero tolerance for weeds attainable? More
Veronicastrum virginicum - culver's root
Weeds in the Fields - Articles Articles

Weeds in the Fields

Mary Ann Ryan

When driving, we often see flowering weeds in fields or roadsides. Casual walks along a country road may cause us to stop and check out the weeds of summer. More
Joseph LaForest, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org
Juniper Scale - Articles Articles
The juniper scale, native to Europe, is now found throughout the United States. This key pest attacks junipers, cypresses, falsecypress, and incense cedar in landscapes and nurseries. More
What's That!
What's That! - Articles Articles

What's That!

Ed Rajotte, Ph.D.

Properly identifying the organism is the first step of integrated pest management (IPM). More
Weed Ecology, Biology, and Identification
Weed Ecology, Biology, and Identification - Articles Articles
Understanding weed ecology can help in designing management systems to minimize their impact. More
Purple Loosestrife in Pennsylvania
Purple Loosestrife in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles
Purple Loosestrife is an aggressive plant that is invading our wetlands and replacing valuable wetland plants; eliminating food and shelter for wildlife; and choking waterways. More
Invasive Species
Invasive Species - Articles Articles
The United States is under constant threat of exotic species invading our shores. More
Introduction to Weeds: What are Weeds and Why do we Care?
Introduction to Weeds: What are Weeds and Why do we Care? - Articles Articles
No matter what definition is used, weeds are plants whose undesirable qualities outweigh their good points. More
Alton N. Sparks, Jr., University of Georgia, Bugwood.org
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Tactics - Articles Articles
The goal of using multiple tactics or "many small hammers" is to effectively suppress pests below injurious levels and avoiding outbreaks. More
Greenhouse IPM
Greenhouse IPM - Articles Articles
PA IPM has devoted a great deal of effort to designing IPM solutions for greenhouse production, particularly biological control. More
Activity - Weeds, Weeds Everywhere!
Activity - Weeds, Weeds Everywhere! - Articles Articles
Skills: Observation, measuring, identifying, categorizing. More
Purple Loosestrife – A Noxious Weed
Purple Loosestrife – A Noxious Weed - Articles Articles
Recently, some folks pulled into the local nursery, asking about the pretty pink flowering plants that were blooming along the fields and roadsides. More
Photo of horseweed taken in early November. Curran, Penn State
How Late Can I Control Weeds in the Fall? - Articles Articles

How Late Can I Control Weeds in the Fall?

Dwight Lingenfelter, William S. Curran, Ph.D.

How late can an herbicide application be made in the fall and still be effective? We provide comments about controlling perennials and winter annual weeds. More
Introduction to Weeds and Herbicides
Introduction to Weeds and Herbicides - Articles Articles
Weeds are plants whose undesirable qualities outweigh their good points. More
Photo: James H. Miller & Ted Bodner, Southern Weed Science Society, Bugwood.org
Yellow Woodsorrel - Articles Articles

Yellow Woodsorrel

Tim Abbey

Yellow woodsorrel (Oxalis stricta) has foliage (composed of three leaflets) that resembles white clover or black medic. More
Photo: John D. Byrd; Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org
Yellow rocket - Articles Articles

Yellow rocket

Tim Abbey

Not all weeds get a “cool” common name, but yellow rocket (Barbarea vulgaris) is one of them. More
Photo: Ohio State Weed Lab Archive, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org, wild garlic,Allium vineale
Wild Onion and Wild Garlic - Articles Articles
Wild garlic (Allium vineale) and onion (Allium canadense) are perennial plants that can be a weed in turfgrass and landscape beds. More
Smooth groundcherry Physalis longifolia var. subglabrata Photo: Theodore Webster, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org
Smooth Groundcherry - Articles Articles

Smooth Groundcherry

Tim Abbey

Smooth groundcherry (Physalis longifolia var. subglabrata) is a perennial plant. More
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