For a generation of farmers raised on the idea that herbicides were the ultimate solution to weeds, creeping levels of resistance to chemical control opens the post-chemical chapter in weed management. Herbicide resistant “superweeds” have been identified on 14 million acres in 46 states to date.
Agriculturalists around the world are looking for better answers than have come so far from herbicide-focused efforts. They seek productive systems based on evolving local farmer wisdom. These deal with all pests—weeds included—as part of an approach integrating soil health, biodiversity, advanced understandings of biological interactions, and just enough steel to give crops the edge they need.
Join Rodale Institute, Penn State University, North Carolina State University and Iowa State University as growers and researchers present live, hands-on farmer workshops on organic practices that improve efficiency, soil health and crop health, and increase both production and economic yields.
Using the smartest sustainable strategies and tools for non-chemical weed management results in fewer expenses, decreases the risk of undesirable herbicide impacts, improves management skills, improves soil health and resilience, and increases control of crop outcomes.
The video below is from four summer field days on new weed management techniques from PA, NC and IA. Topics covered include:
• Rotational no-till without the herbicides
• Top tips for using a roller-crimper tool
• Timing tillage for fewer passes
• Variety selection for weed management
• Delayed planting
• Cover crop establishment
• Traditional steel for non-traditional tillage
• Eco-system services