This section of the website provides information on weed management including both cultural and more direct weed control methods. We have tried to give a broad overview of the options available in order to provide information that will be useful across all types of organic farming systems.We have also provided some guide as to the types of decisions that need to be made before planning and undertaking weed control measures.
The site is divided into three sections:
- cultural controls which provides information on incorporating weed management into the whole farm rotation and stresses a preventative approach. It includes many tips on rotational planning and design
- direct control methods which provides information on control methods to use when the crops are in the ground and growing. We have also provided links to weeding machinery sites in this section.
- crop weeding strategies which provides information on weed management in specific crops. This section is intended to provide a useful overview of weed management from the perspective of a particular crop which can then be put in the context; either a whole rotational approach or a specific farm system
The information has been purposely summarised to give the basic details so that the pages can be quickly scanned. Click on the links above to go straight to the relevant section or use the sub section headings on the side navigation bars to go directly to information of interest.
If you have information or experiences that you think would be useful to other farmers please add your own comments on the relevant pages using the add comments button. If you would like more in-depth information on a particular topic please follow the links provided or contact us to ask us to follow up any particular topic if you think more detail and links are necessary.
The following papers provide overviews of weed management options for organic farmers:
- A review of non-chemical weed management. A fully referenced review by W Bond, RJ Turner, AC Grundy (590 Kb).
- A review of the management of selected perennial weeds. A fully referenced review by W. Bond (1.2 Mb).
For a fully referenced review of non-chemical weed management, » click here (590k pdf)