Stu Ellis With WCIA 3 Reporting On Organic Weed Control
Organic foods draw their popularity from being produced without the benefit of either commercial fertilizer or crop protectants. But how are organic corn and beans produced in our current world of weeds. Stu Ellis has that answer in this report from the farm…
A lot of farmers this year are certainly having problems with herbicide resistant weeds, and a lot of dicamba issues have made headlines. But somebody that is not really focused on those problems at all is Jeff Peterson. Jeff custom farms this field and a number of other fields for someone who raises organic production. And Jeff, the secret is how do you reduce weeds, or prevent weeds or reduce their problems in an organic field?
A lot of it is up to mother nature, and so much of it is timing. One thing that helps a lot is we’re on a 4-year rotation where there is 2 years of cover crops basically, and then corn and beans, and that really helps. One thing we’ll do is try to wait until later in the spring before we plant. It’s always the last thing we plant. And that kind of lets the first flush of weeds come up, and then we’ll turn that under. After it is planted, we’ll do 2 or 3 rotary hoeings, to try to keep the grass down. And after the rotary hoeing we’ll start cultivating, with usually 2 cultivations.
So mother nature is the one that really helps.
Every year seems to be a little bit different, and the weeds seem to change a little bit. This year we’ve come out pretty good with our beans. We’ve had some issues with the corn, but the beans look decent.
That’s our report from the farm. I’m Stu Ellis for WCIA3, your local news leader.
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