Weed of the month: Lambsquarters

  • lambsquartersVarious types: Common1
  • Scientific name: Chenopodium album1
  • Grass or broadleaf: Broadleaf
  • Found in all states
  • Germination timing: Summer annual. Lambsquarters emerges in the spring, sets seed in late summer/fall and dies.2
  • Competitiveness: Common lambsquarters is a highly competitive weed. Michigan State University reports 13 percent yield loss in corn with one lambsquarters plant per 1½ feet of row and 25 percent yield loss in soybeans with less than one plant per foot of row.2
  • Lambsquarters grows to 3½ feet in height and produces thousands of seeds.3

Fast Facts

  • Lambsquarters is a cool-season, early germinating annual broadleaf weed that can be most problematic in northern areas, says Jeff Ellis, field scientist, Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, Dow AgroSciences. Identify lambsquarters by looking for a white, “frosted” appearance of upper leaves.
  • According to WeedScience.org, the first confirmation of triazine-resistant lambsquarters in the United States occurred in Michigan in 1975. Today, lambsquarters is resistant to one or more sites of action in 22 states.
  • Cotyledons of common lambsquarters and redroot pigweed are similar; however, redroot pigweed cotyledons have a prominent midvein while lambsquarters cotyledons do not.3

Resistance statistics:*

  • Herbicide classes

    *Resistance confirmation does not include all weeds and may vary among different areas of each state.

Weed management tips:

Ellis says:

  • It’s important to scout for lambsquarters early because it tends to germinate early in the spring under cooler conditions.
  • Lambsquarters is difficult to control with glyphosate, especially when it grows larger than 3 or 4 inches.
  • The most effective lambsquarters control strategy requires a program approach with preemergence herbicides followed by early postemergence herbicide applications.

Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, weed control solutions:

Corn

DuPont Cinch® ATZ herbicide
DuPont Realm® Q herbicide
Durango® DMA® herbicide
Elevore herbicide
Enlist Duo® herbicide, as part of the Enlist weed control system
Enlist One herbicide, as part of the Enlist weed control system
FulTime® NXT herbicide
Keystone® LA NXT herbicide
Keystone® NXT herbicide
Resicore® herbicide
SureStart® II herbicide

Soybean

Durango® DMA® herbicide
Elevore herbicide
Enlist Duo® herbicide, as part of the Enlist weed control system
Enlist One herbicide, as part of the Enlist weed control system
DuPont EverpreX® herbicide
DuPont Trivence® herbicide
FirstRate® herbicide
Sonic® herbicide
Surveil® herbicide

Additional information:

For more information, read these weed science resources:

Sources:

1U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources and Conservation Service. 2018. Plant Profile: Chenopodium album L. lambsquarters. http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=chal7
2MSU Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences. 2018. Common Lambsquarters. https://www.canr.msu.edu/weeds/extension/common-lambsquarters
3University of Missouri Division of Plant Sciences. 2018. Common Lambsquarters. https://weedid.missouri.edu/weedinfo.cfm?weed_id=60

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