Common Ragweed – a Challenging Weed to Control in Fraser Fir Production

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Common ragweed is (as the name suggests) common in most cropping systems. Control strategies include a combination of preemergence and/or postemergence herbicides as well as cultivation and mulches. Yet, herbicide-resistant populations have made this weed more challenging to control, especially in NC Fraser fir Christmas tree fields where growers try to maintain white clover ground covers to protect soil from erosion and prevent most summer annual weeds from establishing. In this fact sheet, we have summarized the available control options and some of our recent research on this pest.

opposite and deeply lobed leaves

common ragweed seedling

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Joe Neal, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Joe NealProfessor of Weed Science and Extension Specialist Call Dr. Joe Email Dr. Joe Horticultural Science
NC State Extension, NC State University

Contributing Author

Jeff OwenArea Extension Specialist (Christmas Trees) Call Jeff Email Jeff Forestry & Environmental Resources
NC State Extension, NC State University
Posted on Aug 5, 2022
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