Theses and Dissertations


Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Lowe, J. Wesley

Committee Member

Chesser, G. Daniel

Committee Member

Pieralisi, Brian K.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access



Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering


Weed control is an integral part of a successful overall production strategy in row- cropping systems and has the potential to reduce or eliminate yield losses that negatively affect profitability. Timely and correctly selected herbicide applications are the major keys for effective weed control in a majority of instances. However, there are negative factors that contribute to ineffectiveness and weed escape issues that currently lack viable options for management. Sparsely populated late-season weeds that emerge after lay-by herbicide applications and weeds that have become tolerant and resistant to traditional herbicide chemistries are of greatest concern. Historically, these weeds would have been pulled or chopped by hand or removed by cultivation, but with current production strategies built around conservation tillage and herbicide management practices, blanket disturbance of the soil through plowing is not a viable option. There is an immediate need for site-specific weed management to address these weed escapes while minimizing soil disturbance that reduces residual herbicide efficacy and lessens moisture losses that negatively effects the growing crop


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