Goosegrass (Eleusine indica L. Gaertn.) is a problematic C4 weedy grass species throughout the warmer regions of the world (Lee and Ngim, 2000; McCullough et al., 2016; Mudge et al., 1984). Nishimoto and McCarty (1997) noted optimal (99%) germination with fluctuating temperatures; 20 °C for 16 h and 35 °C for 8 h with supplemental light. Kerr et al. (2018) noted goosegrass life cycle was complete 68 d after emergence in late-summer/early autumn in Clemson, SC. Typically, goosegrass plants are killed with the first frost; however, in the tropical regions of the world, plants continue to tiller year round and behave more like a perennial. Also, seeds germinate year round, resulting in varying aged goosegrass plants, and inconsistent PRE and POST control efficacy.
Goosegrass control efficacy is effected, among other variables by the maturity of the plant. Previous research noted a reduction in control at the one- to two-tiller and four- to six-tiller growth stage, compared with the two- to four-leaf growth stage (Burke et al., 2005). McCarty (1991) noted differences in goosegrass control with diclofop based on goosegrass mowing height. Greatest control was achieved on goosegrass maintained at 1.3 cm, compared with higher heights or unmown. The addition of metribuzin with diclofop improved control efficacy of mature goosegrass plants.
End-user options for goosegrass control efficacy while maintaining acceptable turfgrass quality has decreased over the past decade or so, due to reduced performance for certain herbicides (e.g., foramsulfuron), specific goosegrass herbicides (e.g., diclofop-methyl) being removed from the market, and the removal and/or severe use reductions of other herbicides (e.g., monosodium methanearsonate). Current goosegrass control options (e.g., topramezone, metribuzin) also have activity on warm-season turfgrass, often resulting in unacceptable injury. Developing management techniques to improve the selectivity of POST herbicides provides end-users more options for effective goosegrass control. Possible means of obtaining control, yet maintaining turf quality is immediately incorporating applied products via irrigation. Because metribuzin and topramezone have some or all root absorption, this strategy is hypothesized to provide desired goosegrass control, yet minimizing undesirable turfgrass injury (Abusteit et al., 1985; Elmore et al., 2011). The objectives of the trials were 1) evaluate turfgrass injury following use of POST goosegrass control options; 2) assess if irrigating immediately following the herbicide application reduces injury of ‘Tifway 419’ bermudagrass [Cynodon dactylon (L.) Pers. × Cynodon transvaalensis Burtt-Davy]; and 3) evaluate if immediate irrigation influences goosegrass control at one- to three-tiller and mature growth stage.
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