From the California Agriculture 75(2):64-73. https://doi.org/10.3733/ca.2021a0012
Branched broomrape (Phelipanche ramosa), a parasitic weed that was the focus of a $1.5 million eradication effort four decades ago in California, has recently re-emerged in tomato fields in several Central Valley counties. Processing tomatoes are important to the California agricultural economy; the state produced over 90% of the 12 million tons of tomatoes grown in...
- Author: Lynn M. Sosnoskie
You've got trouble with a capital "T" that rhymes with "B", which stands for bindweed.
My apologies to Meredith Wilson (I just couldn't pass up the opportunity...). But seriously, if you've got bindweed, you've probably got trouble. Field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) is a deep-rooted (and drought-tolerant) perennial vine that has become a significant concern in reduced-tillage, drip-irrigated, processing tomato systems.
Figure 1. Have you got trouble? Field bindweed at the UC Davis research farm.
Field bindweed, a native of Europe and Asia, is a member of the...
- Posted by: Gale Perez
Weed resistance issues are nothing new for university researchers and the farmers they advise.
Nevertheless, science continues to partner with agriculture to find ways to address the challenges of herbicide resistance in crops like tomatoes, melons, and a host of other agricultural applications.
The popular Weed Day at the University of California stands as a shining example of such concern. For at least the last five years. The...