Lambsquarters

Overview

Lambsquarters, bearing the scientific name Chenopodium album, is a weed that can significantly undermine yield if not effectively controlled. Lambsquarters can overshadow crops, impeding their ability to photosynthesize and grow. It can also compete for soil nutrients, leading to nutrient deficiencies and potentially even plant death.

(Image Credit: Howard F. Schwartz, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org)

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How to Identify Lambsquarter

To identify lambsquarters, look out for the unique leaf shape and the small green flowers. The leaves alternate, with the lower leaves resembling a goosefoot and the upper leaves appearing narrower and lance-shaped. The plant sprouts small green flowers in clusters atop the plant.

Lambsquarter is a broadleaf weed that can tower up to 1–2 meters high. It boasts a robust, erect stem often exhibiting reddish or striped hues.

The plant also exhibits a mealy, or powdery, coating on the younger leaves and stems, which can aid in identification.

Image Credit: Phil Westra, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org

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Geographic Impact of Lambsquarter

Lambsquarter is widespread across North America, Europe, and parts of Asia. It is particularly prevalent in the United States' Midwest, where corn is a significant crop.

Lambsquarter is a resilient weed, capable of thriving in diverse soil conditions. However, it has a preference for nutrient-rich, disturbed soils. It often pioneers the colonization of fallow fields and can serve as an indicator of soil fertility.

Timing of Lambsquarter Emergence

Lambsquarter is a summer annual weed, germinating in the spring and growing throughout the summer. It is often among the first weeds to emerge in the spring, frequently before corn planting.

Image Credit: Howard F. Schwartz, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org

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How to Manage Lambsquarter in Corn in USA and Canada

Lambsquarter poses a significant threat to corn production. However, with accurate identification and effective management, its impact can be mitigated.

USA Lambsquarters Solutions

Pre-emergence

To manage lambsquarters in corn, use Willowood Mesotrione 4SC or GCS Atrazine 4L* (this is a restricted use product). Note that atrazine will not be effective on triazine-resistant biotypes.

Canada Lambsquarters Solutions

There are Canadian products available that can help manage lambsquarters. Some products containing 2,4 D, Dicamba, or Bromoxynil are labeled for use with corn to control lambsquarters. There are other products with a stronger residual such as Penshui (this has a similar active as Prowl H2O) and is registered in eastern Canada only.

How to Manage Lambsquarters in Wheat in USA and Canada

Early identification and effective management of this weed are crucial for maintaining healthy, productive wheat crops. 

USA Lambsquarters Solutions

Post-emergence

Apply Huskie® Herbicide post-emergence in fall or spring after the crop reaches the 1-leaf stage and up to flag leaf emergence. Apply with AMS (0.5 to 1 lb/A) for the most effective weed control. 

Burndown

Apply any of the following:

Canada Lambsquarters Solutions

FBN® offers a variety of products that will help growers control lambsquarters in wheat.

Pre-Burndown Options:

In-Crop Options:

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How to Manage Lambsquarters in Soybeans in USA and Canada

Early identification and management of this weed are crucial to prevent yield loss. There are herbicide-resistant populations documented for Group 2 (Harmony/Raptor) and Group 5 herbicides (atrazine/metribuzin). Common lambsquarters is most effectively controlled by applying full rates of soil-applied herbicides prior to or at planting. Post-emergence options are less effective and efficacy varies depending on weed size. 

It's important to follow the instructions and guidelines provided on the labels for proper and effective use of herbicides.

USA Lambsquarters Solutions

Pre-emergence

For managing lambsquarters in soybean, consider OpTill® PRO powered by Kixor® herbicide, which contains Imazethapyr and Saflufenacil as active ingredients. This herbicide is labeled for use with soybeans and is effective against common lambsquarters. You can find it available from FBN®.

OptTill PRO will not be effective on Group 2 (ALS-inhibitor) resistant weed populations. Instead, Authority Maxx and Willowood Sulfen Cloran are good options to control both Group 2 and Group 5 resistant weed populations. 

Post-emergence

Burndown

Use 2,4-D LV6 Value Pick plus Willowood Glypho 5 or Willowood Paraquat 3SL for burndown of common lambsquarters. Note that seven days are needed between 2,4-D ester application and soybean planting. Willowood Paraquat 3SL is a restricted use product.

Canada Lambsquarters Solutions

Pre-Burndown Options:

In-Crop Options:

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