Though it looks fairly harmless, this pesky weed can pack a hefty punch. According to Purdue University, burcucumber (Sicyos anqulatus), can reduce yield up to 48 percent! (Check out a great article about it from Purdue here.) Being a flush weed, burcucumber can emerge all season long after rains and become problematic at harvest. The vines on this weed can be 10 feet long and reek havoc on your machine. All in all, this is a tough weed to control that requires continual scouting and management throughout the year.
If you haven't seen it already, keep looking! Scout along ditch and riverbanks and low-lying areas but keep an eye on high ground too. If getting to certain parts of your field is an issue, we can help you scout with our drone to identify problem areas. Once the areas have been identified, we can help you determine what time of management practice will best suit your needs. Larger areas may require application with the plane while we can manage smaller patches with the drone. Our spray drone is key in this situation where patches are isolated and hard to reach. Being able to apply herbicide on small areas in the field reduces chemical use and cost while making harvest much easier.
It's time to be proactive with burcucumber! You will be happy you did come harvest!