Evaluating weed control strategies in organic vegetable production

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2008: $6,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2009
Region: North Central
State: Indiana
Project Coordinator:
Dale Rhoads
Rhoads Farm


  • Vegetables: cucurbits, peppers, sweet corn


  • Crop Production: conservation tillage
  • Education and Training: demonstration, youth education
  • Energy: energy conservation/efficiency, energy use
  • Farm Business Management: whole farm planning
  • Natural Resources/Environment: soil stabilization, carbon sequestration
  • Pest Management: allelopathy, weed ecology
  • Production Systems: agroecosystems, holistic management, organic agriculture
  • Soil Management: organic matter, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: leadership development, sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    Creating a weed control decision making tool to assist organic farmers to make informed decisions for their weed control management plan through field testing the major weed control methods along with several new techniques. Organic herbicides used in various ways, roller crimping an over wintered cover crop and combining the two techniques are the highlighted and new strategies of these trials.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.