Improving herbicide options in beets, carrots, and other root crops

Weed management in table beets has improved with the recent registration of Dual Magnum. Hairy nightshade control continues to be a challenge, however. Nortron (ethofumesate) herbicide is now labeled for use and will help with nightshade control, but there is very little experience in the PNW on the best use patterns for this herbicide. Another concern is carryover, particularly for fresh market producers that often plant another crop immediately after beets are harvested. Tankmixing Dual Magnum with moderate rates of Nortron may improve weed control, reduce the risk of crop injury, and reduce the potential for carryover.