Most organic farmers rely on multiple tactics for their weed management. Allelo-pathic crops, cultivation, mulching, and flame burning are methods available to organic farmers. Depending on the crop, cultivation offers the least laborintensive method of weed management. Timely cultivation is key; weeds will proliferate without specific schedules. Propane flame burning is generally used in conjunction with
Most organic farmers rely on multiple tactics for their weed management.
Allelopathic crops, cultivation, mulching, and flame burning are methods available to organic farmers.
cultivation, particularly during times of high field moisture. Mulching with straw or wood chips is a common practice in many horticultural operations. Mulch from organic farms is preferred to avoid any possibility of pesticide residues from conventional materials. If organic sources are not available, turning the mulch pile for several weeks prior to application is recommended (follow composting practices). Allelopathic crops, such as rye and oats, exude a chemical that mitigates against weed establishment and seedling vigor and are recommended between corn and soybean crops.
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