ASK Jeff: The Rodale Institute’s farm manager, Jeff Moyer, answers your hardcore farming questions

Do you know how to control giant ragweed?

Posted September 14, 2006

What Jeff brings to the table

Jeff Moyer, who’s been the farm manager here at the 333-acre Rodale Institute research farm for more than a quarter of a century, receives lots of mail from farmers just like you asking for advice. Jeff’s hands-in-the-dirt experience over the past 26 years has run the gamut from refining the farm's cover cropping and crop rotation systems (including managing 270 acres in a rotation of corn, small grains, hay, and edible soy beans for a Japanese market) to overseeing The Rodale Institue Farming Systems Trial®, the world’s longest running side-by-side comparison of organic and conventional agriculture. We thought it would be fun and informative to share some of these farmer-to-farmer exchanges, and Jeff’s practical wisdom, with our readers … and we’ll be doing it on a regular basis.

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Dear Jeff,

Any thoughts on giant ragweed control?

Tom Wencl
New Mexico

Dear Tom,

Thanks for the email and the tough question. Giant ragweed is a problem we also have on our farm. The only management system I can recommend is to include hay and tillage in your operation. Several years of cutting hay seems to reduce the problem. This year I've seen more of it than usual, since we were extremely wet early in the summer. In the one soybean field where it was at its worst, we went in and cut it out by hand. Not fun, but it seems to have helped.