Vinegar as an Organic Herbicide in Garlic Production

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2003: $3,963.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2004
Region: Northeast
State: New York
Project Leader:
fred forsburg
Honeyhill Farm


  • Vegetables: garlic


  • Crop Production: conservation tillage
  • Education and Training: on-farm/ranch research
  • Farm Business Management: feasibility study
  • Production Systems: general crop production

    Proposal summary:

    Garlic is a high-value crop, but weed control is essential to quality. It is also time consuming, and the farmer will test the effectiveness of vinegar as compared with mechanical weed control. He will also monitor the soil pH to see if it is affected, and he will compare the test and control crops for quality and weight. Results will be published in a national growers’ publication and, if results are promising, a field day might be offered.

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