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Organic farmers can use a variety of mechanical tools, including tractor-mounted cultivators, to handle weeds, though tillage can also reduce soil organic matter and even lead to erosion.

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Mechanical Weed Control

Mechanical Weed Control

Douglas Gayeton

Mechanical Weed Control

Weeds are an organic farmer's biggest challenge. They compete with market crops for light, nutrients and water, and can even reduce crop yields.

Location: Full Plate Farm, Ridgefield, WA
Featuring: Danny
Weeds are found in even the best-managed vegetable fields, but the organic farmer has many options to reduce these problems without using synthetic herbicides. These include intercropping or even reduced row spacing, adjustments to seeding rates and dates, fertilizer schedules that help crops outcompete weeds, plastic mulches, and cultivation tools for specific soil conditions.

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