Use of Corn Gluten Meal to Reduce Weeds in Beet Fields

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2002: $2,356.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2002
Region: Northeast
State: Maryland
Project Leader:

Annual Reports


  • Vegetables: beets


  • Crop Production: organic fertilizers
  • Production Systems: general crop production
  • Soil Management: soil analysis

    Proposal summary:

    Controlling weeds can be time consuming for organic farmers, and this time eats into profits. The farmer will test the effectiveness of using corn gluten meal as an organic herbicide for beets and compare the results with test plots that have been manually weeded. He will monitor germination, labor, beet yield, and the types of weeds affected by the corn gluten meal treatment; results will be shared with extension, a home and garden information center, and the local media.

    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.