University of Maine and Michigan State University Collaborate on Organic Weed Management Project

University of Maine professor of weed ecology and management Eric Gallandt and Michigan State University associate professor of sustainable vegetable production Dan Brainard will lead a project to investigate different methods of weed management for organic growers and the reasons some vegetable farmers do not implement them. The project is funded by a $1.9 million grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and hopes to address barriers to organic weed management and integrate cultural and mechanical strategies for improved weed management on organic farms. According to the University of Maine, “Gallandt proposes a cultural weed management approach focused on practices for depleting the weed seedbank…along with advanced, effective cultivation tools to reduce weed populations over time.”