Industrial hemp is getting more attention lately as at least 46 U.S. states work on legalizing its production. However, herbicides registered for in-season weed control in industrial hemp are scarce, or nonexistent. To partially help with this issue, a greenhouse study was conducted this summer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to test tolerance of three industrial hemp varieties to preemergence herbicides commonly used in corn and soybean.
The study was laid in a randomized complete block design with a split-plot arrangement. The main plot consisted of 14 soil-applied herbicides (Table 2) and the subplot consisted of three industrial hemp varieties: Cherry Wine, Canda and Delores. Each treatment was replicated three times. Seeds of industrial hemp were sown in 21” by 15” by 4” trays filled with a loamy textured soil (Table 1).
Each tray consisted of three rows of industrial hemp 5” apart with each variety sown per row per tray at a 30 seeds per row. The seeds were placed ½” deep and apart. Herbicide application was conducted immediately after sowing. Half an inch of irrigation water was supplied for herbicide activation, and then watered daily as needed. Industrial hemp injury was assessed visually at 7, 14 and 21 days after treatment (DAT) using a scale ranging from 0% (no injury) to 100% (plant death).
Visual injury ratings were based on symptoms including chlorosis, necrosis, bleaching, stand loss, and stunting of plants compared with non-treated check. The experiment was run twice, (run-1 initiated in June and run-2 in August) and data were analyzed in R (statistical software).
|Texture||Silty clay loam (14% sand, 50% silt and 36% clay)|
|Organic matter (%)||1.7|
There was no statistical difference between the two runs, thus data were combined and summarized in Table 2. In general, injuries varied from yellowing to leaf bleaching (Figure 1) and ranged from none to 100% (dead).
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All three hemp varieties were equally sensitive, or tolerant, to tested herbicides (Table 2). Sharpen, Permit, Prowl H2O and Valor EZ caused light and temporary injuries within the first 7 DAT; past that, no injury was evident in any of the three varieties tested indicating complete recovery (Table 2).
Stinger, Sulfentrazone 4F and Surpass NXT caused temporary injuries (4-15%); therefore, these products could be used but with caution. Python, Dual II Magnum and Surestart II caused unacceptable injuries ranging from 25-40%, while Balance Flexx, Tricor 4F and Command caused injuries over 90% (plant death); therefore, these products should be avoided.
These results are similar to the results with the same herbicides from our field study (see Industrial Hemp Tolerance to Soil-applied Herbicides).
|Herbicide (rate/acre)||Variety||7 DAT||14 DAT||21 DAT|
|1 Sharpen (1 oz)||Canda||9||0||0|
|2 Dual II Magnum (1.67 pt)||Canda||6||15||24|
|3 Hornet (2 oz)||Canda||4||16||20|
|4 Python (0.4625 oz)||Canda||12||18||23|
|5 Stinger (2.6 oz)||Canda||1||0||5|
|6 Surpass NXT (13 oz)||Canda||5||8||15|
|7 Surestart II (1.5 pt)||Canda||10||25||38|
|8 Balance Flexx (6 oz)||Canda||33||81||100|
|9 Permit (0.66 oz)||Canda||2||0||0|
|10 Prowl H2O (3 pt)||Canda||5||3||0|
|11 Tricor 4F (8 oz)||Canda||23||95||100|
|12 Command (32 oz)||Canda||91||97||98|
|13 Sulfentrazone 4F (8 oz)||Canda||10||4||3|
|14 Valor EZ (2.04 oz)||Canda||1||0||0|