Weed control in cool-season vegetables can be quite challenging. However, there are a number of practices that provide growers with certain advantages:
- Short-season crops such as lettuce and spinach that allow for rapid turnover of the crops (e.g. 30 to 65 days), frequent cultivation (lettuce) and/or complete hand removal of weeds prior to mechanical harvest (clipped spinach and baby lettuce)
- High value of the crops allows for the use of intensive hand-removal of weeds, often prior to seed set
- Small production blocks that allow for careful observation and intensive management
All of these strategies have basically made some of the most troublesome weeds such as field bindweed and yellow...
- Posted By: Oleg Daugovish
- Written by: Oleg Daugovish
Water prices are increasing and so are the regulatory pressures on agricultural runoff and sediment losses. How much more efficient can vegetable growers get with their irrigation practices? Drip irrigation as the most efficient method of field irrigation is not new to vegetable growers but the sprinklers are typically used for the first 4-6 weeks for the transplant establishment and either application of herbicides with overhead water or activation of herbicides previously applied by ground methods.
However, there are several vegetable operations that rely solely on drip as an irrigation method from start to finish, even for such water-thirsty...