Many organic cereal grain growers struggle with weed issues, especially in spring wheat. Weed competition is one of the major issues in spring wheat due to many factors. Some of those factors include weed seed flushes from spring tillage and weed germination at the same time as crop germination. With this in mind, the University of Vermont Extension has begun conducting trials to evaluate the effects of different weed control methods in spring wheat. In 2012, the study was continued to develop strategies that will minimize weed competition while maintaining yield and quality parameters to successfully produce high-quality bread wheat. The management practices evaluated include variable row spacing and mechanical cultivation with a tineweeder or inter-row hoe.
Vermont, University of Vermont
Darby, Heather; Cummings, Erica; Harwood, Hannah; Madden, Rosalie; and Monahan, Susan, "Organic Spring Wheat Weed Control Strategies Report" (2012). Northwest Crops & Soils Program. 258.