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Research - Managing Weeds in Organic Cereals

Presently, New England organic dairies rely extensively on cereal grains imported from the Midwestern U.S. and Canada, grains which have been increasing in cost and decreasing in availability and quality.  To reduce their reliance on purchased concentrates, growers must be able to reliably produce grains on-farm.   Weeds represent a major obstacle in growing organic grains, as they decrease both yield and quality of the harvest.  Lauren Kolb, Ph.D. student, is looking at two seemingly opposing strategies for improved weed control in organic grains: (1) enhanced competition by increasing seeding rates and decreasing row spacing; and (2) improved physical weed control by using a wide-row spacing and inter-row hoeing.

Lauren Kolb presenting information

Lauren Kolb presenting information

A tractor in action

A tractor in action

 

Farm workers working

Farm workers working


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