Effective, Economical, and Eco-friendly Weed Management in Vegetable Production

Dr. Ramdas Kanissery
Weed Scientist at UF/IFAS SWREC
(239) 658 - 3455

Weed management is essential to successfully grow vegetables in Florida using a plasticulture system. Dr. Kanissery studies the utility of different herbicide application practices. His research results suggest that applying pre-emergent or residual herbicides in tandem with a pre-mulching soil fumigation strategy is effective because the pre-emergent herbicides will typically be 'activated' by the condensation under the mulch. This method also better manages weeds on bed edges than fumigants injected through the drip irrigation due to the limited lateral movement of current fumigants. His recent study compared the use of pre-emergence herbicides under plastic to the use of plastic alone.

For information on what Dr. Kanissery's recent research study found click here to access the full article as well as past Research Connections.
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2022 Vegetable Production Handbook
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Multi-County Commercial Vegetable Extension Agent

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