International Sugar Journal

Weed control – optimising plant canopy suppression [Full subscriber]

Abstract Farm data indicates that the suppression of weeds by the crop canopy should play a more integral role in weed management strategies in sugar beet. Targeting better plant establishment, variety selection and ensuring sufficient nutrition for the developing crop can help the crop suppress weed growth. Selecting seed rates in relation to soil type and expected weed burden can help ensure optimum plant populations. Different variety growth habits are linked to the levels of weed suppression, especially of taller weed such as fat hen, and maybe a relevant consideration for growers. Additionally, ensuring sufficient nitrogen is available for early…

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