Tolerance of mung bean to postemergence herbicides


There are a limited number of postemergence (POST) herbicides available for weed management in mung bean production in Ontario. Five field studies were conducted in 2010, 2011 and 2012 near Exeter, Ontario and in 2011 and 2012 near Ridgetown, Ontario to determine the tolerance of mung bean to fomesafen, bentazon, bentazon + fomesafen and halosulfuron applied POST at the 1X and 2X proposed manufacturer’s recommended rate. Bentazon caused 5%-29%, 4%-31%, and 2%-18% injury, fomesafen caused 3%-17%, 1%-7%, and 0%-6% injury, bentazon + fomesafen caused 6%-40%, 4%-37%, and 1%-20% injury, and halosulfuron caused 13%-65%, 8%-75%, and 5%-47% injury in mung bean at 1, 2, and 4 weeks after treatment (WAT), respectively. At Exeter, fomesafen had no adverse effect on height of mung bean but bentazon, bentazon + fomesafen and halosulfuron decreased mung bean height as much as 5% compared to the untreated control. At Ridgetown, there was no decrease in mung bean height due to the herbicides applied. Fomesafen had no adverse effect on shoot dry weight of mung bean but bentazon, bentazon + fomesafen and halosulfuron decreased shoot dry weight of mung beans as much as 43%, 47%, and 57%, respectively. Fomesafen, bentazon, bentazon + fomesafen and halosulfuron had no adverse effect on the seed moisture content and seed yield of mung bean with the exception of halosulfuron applied POST at 70 g ai ha-1 which increased seed moisture content 0.4% at Exeter and 1.4% at Ridgetown and decreased yield 16% at Exeter compared to the untreated control. Based on these results, there is not an adequate margin of crop safety for bentazon, bentazon + fomesafen and halosulfuron applied POST in mung bean. However, there is potential for fomesafen applied POST at the proposed manufacturer’s rate of 240 g ai ha-1 in mung bean production.

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Soltani, N. , Shropshire, C. and Sikkema, P. (2013) Tolerance of mung bean to postemergence herbicides. Agricultural Sciences, 4, 558-562. doi: 10.4236/as.2013.410075.

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