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Weed management

Weed management

Weeds are part of the natural world and are found in biodiverse cropping systems that do not use synthetic products to eliminate them. However, they need to be controlled in order to get good crop yields. The amount and diversity of weed types that appear among crops depends on crop rotation, nitrogen supply, soil type, soil structure, climate, and weed control measures. For example, in arable systems dominated by cash crops and with a low share of perennial grass-clover leys in the crop rotation, perennial weeds such as couch grass and thistles can severely damage production. In general, careful selection of crop varieties and strengthening their competitive advantage is a precondition for efficient and effective suppression of weeds.

On this page, you can find tools and resources that can help you design a robust weed management plan, and you can discuss the topic with others.

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TitleIssuing organisationYear of releaseRating
Advanced system in wheat: Combination of agronomical levels: The French...PURE-
Autumn cover cropsAIAB20182 (2)
Black-grass control in winter cereals with hoeingResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)2017
Bringing the dirt to your doorstep: organic no-till weed managementRodale Institute20142.8 (4)
Camera-controlled hoeing of row cropsAIAB2018
Catch crop in maizeResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)20174 (1)
Choosing cover crops for arable crop rotationsInstitut Technique de l’Agriculture Biologique...2018
Comb harrow: efficient weed control in cerealsFoundation for organic agriculture Bioselena20185 (1)
Control of creeping thistle by stubble cultivationResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)20174.5 (2)
Controlled traffic farming: A new track for soil and weed control in organic...INAGRO2018
Controlling docks by stubble cultivationResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)20174.5 (2)
Cover Crop (Rye) and No-Till System in WisconsinResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL20145 (2)
Cover crop mulches and no-till maizeAssociazione Italiana Agricoltura Biologica (AIAB)2018
Cover crop mulches and no-till soybeanAssociazione Italiana Agricoltura Biologica (AIAB)2017
Creeping thistle - Successful control in organic farmingResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)2013
Crop Management of Rapeseed and Pollen Beetle ControlResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL20164 (1)
Crop rotation and its ability to suppress perennial weedsSEGES20174.5 (2)
Crop rotation and its ability to suppress perennial weedsSEGES20163 (1)
Crop rotations on diversified farmsSouthern Regional Extension Forestry2013
Croprotect (App)Rothamsted Research RES2015
Demonstration of Hoeing Machines in Arable FarmingResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL2011
Direct Sowing of MaizeResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL2015
Diverse fertility building leys in arable rotationsOrganic Reserach Centre (ORC), Elm Farm20173.5 (2)
Dock controlResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) , Organic Research Centre (ORC)20094 (1)
DSS "Weed Control in Organic Winter Wheat Production"Institute of Organic Agriculture - University Bonn2004
ECOPHYTOPIC – The portal for integrated crop protection of arable cropsLes Instituts Techniques Agricoles ACTA-3.3 (3)
Encyclopaedia of pests and natural enemies in field cropsAHDB Cereals & Oilseeds2014
Friedrich Wenz on Soil Fertility and Reduced TillageResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL20145 (1)
Growing cover crops in organic arable crop rotations: Best practices from...SEGES20174 (2)
Growing cover crops in organic arable crop rotations: best practices from...SEGES2016
Hairy Vetch – an Excellent Green Manure for Dry ConditionsResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL20144 (2)
How to successfully convert to organic arable farmingLändliches Fortbildungsinstitut Österreich20175 (2)
Incorporating Green ManuresResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL20134.5 (2)
Inter-row cultivation for mechanical weed control in winter oilseed rapePURE-
Knowledge exchange platform for agroecologySOLAGRO-3.2 (6)
Living mulch in vegetablesAIAB2015
Managing docks with the WUZI dock cutterSEGES, Danish Agriculture & Food Council F.m.b.A.2018
Mechanical Weed Control in MaizeResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL2013
Mechanical weeding in arable cropsFrench Research Institute for Organic Farming ITAB20124.6 (9)
Modification/change of sowing date in winter wheatPURE2015
Monitoring weed regulation services by carabidsInstitut Technique de l’Agriculture Biologique...20175 (1)
Multispectral remote sensing in participatory on-farm variety trialsHungarian Research Institute of Organic...2018
New ways of stubble cultivationForschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau FiBL2010
Organic Cultivation in Spring 2016 - Varieties, Seeds and Crop managementLändliches Fortbildungsinstitut Österreich2016
Organic farming Guidelines for pest and disease control and weed management in...Uprawy ekologiczne-4 (3)
Organic Field Crop ProductionDalhousie University, OACC-
Organic no-till systemsSouthern Regional Extension Forestry2013
Organic Small Grain ProductionSouthern Regional Extension Forestry2011
Organic Soybean made easyFiBL2018
Organic Weed ManagementGarden Organic2007
Organic Weed Management: A Practical GuideCharles Merfield2000
Perennial weed control in organic agricultureResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL20164.5 (2)
Pest Management in Organic Cropping SystemsDalhousie University, OACC-
Potato Crop ManagementResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)2010
Reduced TillageResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)2014
Reduced Tillage Stubble Incorporation - Comparsion of Different Machine TypesResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL20134 (1)
Reduced Tillage Systems - Practical RecommendationResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL20143.7 (3)
Reducing weed seed pressure with the false seedbed techniqueResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)20172 (1)
Results an lessons learnt from field vegetables activity - cabbagePURE-
Results and lessons learnt from wheat-based cropping system activityPURE-
RotAB Weed toolboxITAB2013
ROTOR: organic crop rotation plannerLeibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research...20074.4 (7)
Satellite based and camera-controlled steering systemsResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL20152 (1)
SEMINBIO®: Innovative seeder for weed control in cerealsCON MARCHE BIO , CREA20185 (1)
Shallow Ploughing of Leys – Comparison of Different Plough and Cultivator TypesResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL2015
Soil and Fertility Management in Organic SystemsDalhousie University, OACC-
Soil tillageResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL2013
SOILappSchool of Advanced Studies Sant'Anna, Institute of... , Scuola Esperienziale Itinerante di Agricoltura... , The Greek Network for Biodiversity and Ecology in...2018
Sort Out Your Soil: A practical guide to green manuresCotswold seeds & Garden Organic Cotswold Seeds Ltd , Garden Organic-4 (5)
Soybean silageAIAB2018
Transition to organic productionDalhousie University, OACC-
Use of variety mixtures to reduce disease, increase resource-use efficiency...PURE-
Weed Control in Grass and Forage CropsIBERS Grassland Development Centre2013
Weed control in organic farmingWielkopolski Ośrodek Doradztwa Rolniczego WODR w...2015
Weed control in organic farming through mechanical solutionsUniversität Kassel20113.5 (4)
Weed control in soy with the finger weederResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)2017
Weed Cutter CombCut in UseResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL20144.3 (3)
Weed harrowing in spring cerealsPURE-
Weed trimming in soybeansAssociazione Italiana Agricoltura Biologica...2017
Which harrow is suitable for weed control in organic cereals?INAGRO2018
Winter field peas as green manure before maizeResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)20174.5 (2)

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