Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Bond, Jason A.

Committee Member

Golden, Bobby R.

Committee Member

Allen Jr., Thomas W.

Committee Member

Reynolds, Daniel B.

Committee Member

Bararpour, M. T.

Other Advisors or Committee Members

Cox, Michael S., Dodds, Darrin M., Hopper, George,

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms


Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access


Weed Science

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Plant and Soil Sciences


Research was conducted at the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center from 2015 to 2018 to (1) determine the effects of sub-lethal concentrations of paraquat, metribuzin, fomesafen, and cloransulam-methyl applied at different rice growth stages, determine the effects on rice growth of simulated off-target paraquat applications at varying concentration based on a proportionally decreased carrier volume characterize rice response to a sub-lethal concentration of paraquat in combination with common POST and residual herbicides, assess whether starter N fertilizer or different N fertilizer management strategies can aide in rice recover after exposure to a sub-lethal concentration of paraquat, and define a maximum soil concentration of S-metolachlor that will allow rice to germinate and emerge. Rice yield was negatively affected following exposure to paraquat applied any time after rice emergence. Paraquat applications to rice in early reproductive growth reduced rough rice yield and seed germination the greatest. Paraquat plus metribuzin injured rice 68 to 69% 14 and 28 d after treatment (DAT), which was 10 to 13% greater than following paraquat alone or paraquat plus fomesafen. Pooled across metribuzin and fomesafen treatments, paraquat reduced rough rice yields 23%. Paraquat plus 10 different residual herbicides injured rice ≥51% 28 DAT and reduced rough rice yields ≥21%. In spite of starter N fertilizer applications, paraquat injured rice ≥41%, reduced height 57%, reduced dry weight prior to flooding 77%, delayed maturity 10 d, reduced dry weight at maturity 33%, and reduced rough rice yield 35%. Similar results were observed in the N Fertilizer Timing Study. Soil concentrations of s-metolachlor 28 DAT were 30, 31, 32, 36, 61, and 488 ppm following exposure to s-metolachlor applied at 0, 1/64, 1/32, 1/16, 1/4, and 1X concentration. A soil analysis would be the best option to determine levels of s-metolachlor prior to planting rice if an off-target herbicide movement containing s-metolachlor occurred. These data indicate that paraquat can have negative impact on rice growth and development. Therefore, it is crucial that if environmental conditions are conducive for off-target herbicide movement extreme caution should be exercised when applying paraquat adjacent to fields devoted to rice production.



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