Organic: Weed Control

Abbreviations used below are: N=non-technical text or presentation, T=technical text or presentation, G=guide, explains "how-to" in the text or presentation, R=reference, charts, easy to look up information, O=describes organic practices, C=describes conventional/non-organic practices, +=a free publication that is highly recommended, *=our choice for the best publication to buy if you can only get one title in this section. While an item might refer to non-organic practices for fertility or pest management, the other information provided is applicable to organic production, and that is why the item is included.

*Tim R. Murphy. 1997. Weeds of southern turfgrasses. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service (soft cover, 208 pp., US$8.00, call 706-542-8999 to order). This is an excellent manual which has color photographs and descriptions of weeds found in turfgrass as well as other crops. [N R]

+Georgia Cooperative Extension Service. 1980. Common weed seedlings of the United States and Canada. Mississippi State University Extension Service, P-1254 (soft cover, 31 pp., free). This is a short manual showing color pictures and descriptions of weeds in their seedling stage. [N R]

Weeds of the north central states. North Central Regional Research Publication No. 281 or Bulletin 772 of University of Illinois. This book contains excellent line drawings of the various weeds and numerous keys for identifying weeds. [N R]

Vern Grubinger and Mary Jane Else. 1996. Vegetable farmers and their weed-control machines, an educational video on cultivation and flaming equipment. The University of Vermont, Center for Sustainable Agriculture (VHS, 75 min., US$12.00, call 802-656-0037 to order). This is an excellent video presentation of many cultivating implements. Both home-made and commercially available implements are included. For each implement, there is footage on setup, operation, and close-ups during operation. [N G O]

Greg Bowman, editor. 1997. Steel in the field, a farmer's guide to weed management tools. USDA Sustainable Agriculture Network, ISBN 188862602X (soft cover, 128 pp., US$18.00, call 802-656-0471 to order). The publishers indicate that the book presents "practical details on how to choose and use weed-control implements" with illustrations of "37 types of tools and 18 accessories". The book also includes supplier contacts, tool price ranges, and resource lists.

Robin Bellinder and Jed Colquhoun. New tools for mechanical weed control in vegetables. Department of Fruit and Vegetable Science, Cornell University (VHS, US$7.00). This is a short video presentation of many cultivating implements. The video concludes with a listing of sources of the implements used. [N G O]

R. J. Aldrich. 1984. Weed crop ecology, principles in weed management. Breton Publishers, ISBN 0534028330 (hard cover, 465 pp., US$47.25). A very good weed science textbook that does not emphasize herbicides. [T G O C]

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Filed Under: Commercial Horticulture, Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Farmers Markets, Greenhouse Tomatoes, Organic Fruit and Vegetables, Other Vegetables August 17, 2017

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Produce growers, packers, industry suppliers and others can learn the requirements of the new federal Produce Safety Rule during one of three upcoming workshops around the state.

Filed Under: Commercial Horticulture, Organic Fruit and Vegetables May 23, 2017

VERONA, Miss. -- A Mississippi State University vegetable expert is part of a project designed to support and strengthen organic farming in the Southeast.

Casey Barickman, an assistant horticulture professor with the MSU Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, is working with colleagues from Tuskegee University, Auburn University, North Carolina State University, the Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network and Oregon State University to give organic growers the information they need to develop efficient production systems.

Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Organic Fruit and Vegetables, Fruit February 14, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi fruit growers need look no further than their smartphones or laptops when searching for a second opinion on chill hour accumulation.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service has launched Chill Hours, an app that helps growers assess growing conditions that affect plant physiology and prepare for the upcoming growing season.

Peaches displayed for sale on a bright blue table. Production and sale of peaches, strawberries and other fruit and vegetable truck crops are on pace to be strong once again this year. (File photo by MSU Extension/Kat Lawrence)
Filed Under: Commercial Horticulture, Farmers Markets, Organic Fruit and Vegetables July 22, 2016

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Favorable weather and a steady consumer appetite for local produce are keeping Mississippi’s truck crop industry strong.

The state now has more than 80 farmers markets, compared to 52 in 2010. These markets make up the main avenue through which truck crop growers sell their goods, but local produce can be found with more frequency on grocery store shelves during the growing season. This trend reflects the shift in consumer preference.

Filed Under: Organic Fruit and Vegetables, Sweet Potatoes October 15, 2015

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi sweet potato growers will benefit from Mississippi State University’s work in a U.S.

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