The Herbicide Stewardship Program strives to educate producers on the best management practices for herbicide use. These practices include selecting the appropriate herbicide, applying the herbicide correctly, reducing the risk of off-target damage to sensitive crops, and providing diagnostic aids to identify the cause of crop injury.

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Information Contained within This Site:

Photo of producer loading herbicide into sprayer Herbicides — Herbicide use on row crops, forages and pastures is highly effective in controlling weeds; however, herbicides can cause damage to plants, pastures and forages if used incorrectly. Learn the best management practices in properly selecting and applying herbicides. READ MORE
Photo of Dicamba damage on a soybean crop Diagnose Injury — Do you know the symptoms produced by particular herbicides? Or, how specific plants react to certain herbicides? Accurately diagnosing plants that show herbicide injury is difficult, but several steps can be taken to determine possible causes. READ MORE
Photo of various fall gourds Spray Today? — Knowing the best weather conditions for the day of the scheduled spray, what time of day is most recommended, and the extended weather forecast will help insure a successful spray.  READ MORE
Photo of a forage field next to a field for pasture Forages and Pastures — Herbicides can be the best alternative to effectively control troublesome broadleaf weeds in pastures. Unfortunately, many of the calls UT staff receive concerning herbicide drift involve pasture herbicides. Keep reading for important stewardship tips to consider when applying pasture herbicides. READ MORE​
Photo of a field of organic vegetables Sprayer Setup ​— The proper maintenance and use of spray equipment will help you make accurate and consistent spray applications. Correctly setting up a sprayer will also reduce drift, minimize wear and tear on equipment, and possibly increase yields.  READ MORE
Field crop producer checking Internet for Latest Information Latest Information — Updates on the latest news regarding herbicide use, regulations and education. Find information on drift issues and concerns in Tennessee. Learn about recent discoveries in weed science and technology.​  READ MORE



Herbicide Stewardship Publications

Please visit the many herbicide stewardship publications written on the subjects of Weed Identification and Control, Preventing and Diagnosing Herbicide Injury and many other topics.  The publications are at


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