Integrated weed management is the long-term approach to weed control. Techniques like physical, chemical, biological and cultural methods are utilized to control the weeds. Inventories of specific weeds help target species of weeds, so they can be controlled with programs designed especially for them. These include an inventory of noxious and invasive weeds, based on a list of state-specific weeds. Our team follows all required federal pesticide-use plans, and we complete them based on the weedy species inventories we take on your area.
Inventory of Noxious Weeds
To determine which weeds are targeted in our integrated weed management program, we first determine the present weeds. This determines our baseline inventory, and associated post-construction monitoring and inventory will be taken during the construction, and for a period after the project is completed. This allows us to document the weeds from past and present, so we may calculate future weeds that might eventually be present, and how to control them.
Mechanical Methods of Weed Removal
The mechanical disruption of weed growth can be through tillage, burning, cultivation and even hand-weeding. There are more technologically advanced methods of mechanical weed removal, these are just in their infancy but include cover crop rollers, harvest-time seed destroyers and robotic weeders. Many of these techniques are available for farmers who don’t till. Most of the mechanical integrated weed management begin when the weeds have already begun to emerge. Because of this, they are often our late-in-the-game go-to.
Other forms of Integrated Weed Management
Chemical blocks, such as herbicides are essential to control resistant weeds. Cultural tactics regard the set-up of crops to deter weed growth, and include row spacing, crop variety selection, cover cropping, timing of planting and more. Biological is the least common form of integrated weed management. The use of living organisms like livestock, nematodes, insects, bacteria, fungi and more to target weeds. Biological agents will target specific weeds, while livestock tend to eat most weeds — their targets are less specific.
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