skinny on a big problem…weeds
NEW! October 18, 2007NewFarm.org
readers respond to a web-based survey about weed management and
tell how they deal with their weeds.
cover crops for
no-till organic soybeans
The more biomass the better for weed suppression—but you
do have to be able to plant through the stuff. Rodale Institute
researchers continue to work the kinks out of the no-till fields.
Above: One advantage of no-till, they've discovered, is the weeds
are confined mainly to the rows. MORE>
July 15, 2005: Thanks in part to
the work of weed ecologist John Teasdale, left, the USDA Agricultural
Research Service's oldest experiment station is doing some
of the agency's most forward-looking work. MORE>
at The Rodale Institute:
2: Identifying weed-tolerant corn and soybean varieties
For the past three seasons, researchers here at The Rodale Institute
have been testing off-the-shelf organic corn and soybean varietiesto
find those whose yields are least affected by weed pressure.
Can organic crops tolerate more weeds? Ongoing research
at The Rodale Institute examines the apparent ability of organic
crops to maintain yields in the presence of substantial weed pressure.
Above: Conventional (left) and organic (right) corn in
The Rodale Institute’s farm manager, Jeff Moyer, answers your
hardcore farming questions
do I manage the
velvet leaf in my corn?
online resources related to integrated & organic weed
Join our new Weed Management Forum, where
you can share your trials, tribulations and hopefully
some success stories in dealing with nature’s
little water-and-nutrient bandits.
Ma! No Weeds
A 3-Part Series on Early Season Weed Control
1: The basics of effective tillage techniques
Posted January 27, 2005: Knowing just when to use just
the right tool for just the right weed is critical to early season
2: Blind cultivation
Posted February 10, 2005: Get weeds before they become
established and the battle is nearly won. Above: Lely
3: In-row cultivation
Posted March 17, 2005: It’s as much about the technique—and
being able to adapt to fickle weather—as it is about the tools
tadpole shrimps to control weeds in transplanted paddy rice
August 2002: These tiny crustaceans occur naturally if
you know how to promote the right conditions in your paddy fields.
RESEARCH UPDATE: New Farm Research
Posted Oct. 15, 2004: New initiative to investigate non-chemical
weed management strategies while emphasizing farmers' innovations
Biodynamic Farming Conference, Nov. 14 to
16, Ames IA
Posted Jan. 9, 2004: When it comes to weed suppression
without pesticides or herbicides, understanding growth cycles and
plant habits is key, and a lot of little actions now can add up
to a whole lot of control later.
By Darcy Maulsby
Upper Midwest Organic Conference, Wisconsin
basics of biological weed control
Posted March 21, 2003: Gary Zimmer, author of The Biological
Farmer, laid out the ABCs of controlling weeds through building
soil, rotating crops and cultivation before a standing room only
crowd at the Upper Midwest Organic Conference in late February