Giant Ragweed (Ambrosia trifida) Emergence Model Performance Evaluated in Diverse Cropping Systems

Jared J Goplen, Craig C Sheaffer, Roger Becker, Roger D. Moon, Jeffrey A Coulter, Fritz R Breitenbach, Lisa M Behnken, Jeffrey L Gunsolus

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Accurate weed emergence models are valuable tools for scheduling planting, cultivation, and herbicide applications. Multiple models predicting giant ragweed emergence have been developed, but none have been validated in diverse crop rotation and tillage systems, which have the potential to influence weed emergence patterns. This study evaluated the performance of published giant ragweed emergence models across various crop rotations and spring tillage dates in southern Minnesota. Across experiments, the most robust model was a mixed-effects Weibull (flexible sigmoidal function) model predicting emergence in relation to hydrothermal time accumulation with a base temperature of 4.4 C, a base soil matric potential of -2.5 MPa, and two random effects determined by overwinter growing degree days (GDD) (10 C) and precipitation accumulated during seedling recruitment. The deviations in emergence between individual plots and the fixed-effects model were distinguished by the positive association between the lower horizontal asymptote (Drop) and maximum daily soil temperature during seedling recruitment. This finding indicates that crops and management practices that increase soil temperature will have a shorter lag phase at the start of giant ragweed emergence compared with practices promoting cool soil temperatures. Thus, crops with early-season crop canopies such as perennial crops and crops planted in early spring and in narrow rows will likely have a slower progression of giant ragweed emergence. This research provides a valuable assessment of published giant ragweed emergence models and illustrates that accurate emergence models can be used to time field operations and improve giant ragweed control across diverse cropping systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-46
Number of pages11
JournalWeed Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was funded by the Monsanto Graduate Fellowship, the Rapid Agricultural Response Fund of the University of Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Torske Klubben Graduate Fellowship. The authors express appreciation to numerous faculty, staff members, and students for their assistance, in particular Adam Davis, Brad Kincaid, Doug Miller, and Frank Forcella.


  • Soil temperature
  • weed ecology
  • weed emergence models
  • weed emergence phenology


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