weed control Tag

In North Dakota, landowners have the opportunity to collect flea beetles to release on their property for control of leafy spurge, reports Farm & Ranch Guide. The North Dakota Weed Control Association holds field days at sites with healthy populations of the beetles, where participants collect beetles with cloth nets and then divide them up and receive thousands to take home. The beetles have proven an effective control for the noxious weed....

Picadilly Farm in southwestern New Hampshire along the Connecticut River includes a large CSA, on-farm store, and deliveries to local restaurants and co-op, keeping owners Bruce and Jenny Wooster very busy. So, finding ways to be more efficient is important, especially in finding appropriate technologies to implement. One technology they've implemented is soil steaming—an emerging technology for managing disease, weeds, and pests in the soil.
By Andy Pressman and Chris Lent, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialists...

Related ATTRA publication: Soil Solarization and Biosolarization A new University of Maine Cooperative Extension publication, Tarping in the Northeast: A Guide for Small Farms, provides the most up-to-date information on an emerging practice of tarping—applying reusable tarps to the soil surface between crops and then removing them prior to planting—for weed and soil management. Intended for beginning and experienced farmers, and based on research and farmer experience, the guide highlights successful tarping practices, as well as situations to avoid. Topics include basic information on how and why tarps work in the field; a range of management practices, from weed seed depletion to...

Related ATTRA resources: Weed Management SARE's newest book, Manage Weeds on Your Farm: A Guide to Ecological Strategies, examines the biology and behavior of common weeds and provides an integrated set of non-chemical control strategies that exploits their weaknesses. The publication will help organic and conventional farmers alike better understand and manage weeds efficiently, effectively, and ecologically. It profiles five farmers who use the physical, ecological, and biological factors of common weeds to develop science-based management strategies appropriate for their operations. Manage Weeds on Your Farm: A Guide to Ecological Strategies is free to read online or to download as a PDF....

In this episode, Martin Guerena, a sustainable agriculture specialist based at NCAT’s Western Regional Office in Davis, California, speaks with Alex Ellison of Castlerock Farm in Walnut Creek, California. The conversation includes a description of the Castlerock Farm operation as well as the initial results and challenges of Castlerock’s trials in solarization and biosolarization. Alex also describes the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the farm. For more information on this topic, contact Martin Guerena directly via email at marting@ncat.org. Related ATTRA Resources: Soil Solarization and Biosolarization Tips for Selling at: Roadside Stands Market Gardening: A Start-Up Guide Other Resources: Castlerock Farm Please complete a brief survey to let us...