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Weed management

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  • In-row weed control is maintained/supplemented by use wood chips or mechanical cultivation.
  • A weed survey is conducted, recorded, and updated with weed problems noted on orchard block maps.
  • Herbicide rate, selection and spot applications are based on the results of the weed survey.
  • Herbicides are rotated base on mode of action in order to avoid herbicide resistance development.
  • Herbicides are banded only in the crop row and a seeded ground cover is used in the row.
  • Clean herbicide strips are maintained where young trees on dwarf rootstocks susceptible to dogwood borer infestation.
  • Orchard middles are mowed frequently to prevent flowering groundcover, reduce vole/rabbit habitat, and prevent weeds from going to seed.