A common weed to replace pesticides

Exeley Inc. – Nematodes, also known as roundworms, are one of the most numerous animal species on earth. As simple as they seem, many of them live as parasites in plants, insects and animals; habitats also include, soil, sea as well as fresh water. Researchers perform studies on nematodes, since many of them are beneficial […]

Dry the weeds, keep the crops

Flame-weeding controls weeds for organic farmers  American Society of Agronomy – Interest in organic farming is growing. However, controlling weeds without synthetic herbicides, as organic certification requires, is challenging. Scientists are studying alternative tools for weed management. One such tool is propane-fueled flame weeding. Flame weeding sounds as if it means burning plants. But propane-fueled […]

Robotic weeders. Coming to a farm near you?

American Society of Agronomy – The future of weeding is here, and it comes in the form of a robot. The growing popularity of robotic weeders for specialty crops has grown partly out of necessity, says Steven Fennimore, an extension specialist at the University of California, Davis. Specialty crops are vegetables like lettuce, broccoli, tomatoes, […]

Three ways to manage tough weeds on organic farms

Using green manure, increasing seeding rates, and incorporating mechanical weed control can help organic producers manage weeds on their operations By Jennifer Blair OrganicBiz staff The biggest challenge on Steve Snider’s organic farm is weeds — and killing them properly isn’t a one-size-fits-all operation. “The key to remember in organics is there’s no one answer,” […]

New system could weed and feed crops simultaneously

University of Illinois Release – Weeds are a major scourge for organic growers, who often must invest in multiple control methods to protect crop yields. A relatively new weed control method known as abrasive weeding, or “weed blasting,” could give organic growers another tool. The method, recently field-tested at the University of Illinois, is surprisingly effective. […]

Weed resistance fight goes mechanical

By Ron Lyseng OrganicBiz staff Organic farmers and farmers facing herbicide resistance have a new tool that some would call revolutionary. The CombCut mechanically removes broadleaf weeds from standing cereals without inflicting crop damage. The term “mechanical weed control” conjures up images of intensive cultivation and the associated soil degradation issues. However, selectively clipping broadleaf […]