Controling weeds in vegetable crops

Dr. Richard Bonanno

Dr. Richard Bonanno

Good weed control leads to stronger plants, higher crop yields and higher farm profits. “Effective weed control starts with proper identification,” said Dr. Richard Bonanno, UMass Extension and GAP Educator. He recommended growers verify weed identification using the “New England Vegetable Management Guide” or a good a field guide.

Growers should keep thorough notes on weed issues, treatments used and weather each season. Be sure to look at previous years’ notes to determine likely locations and times for new outbreaks. walk your whole farm or garden regularly to scout for weeds and potential need for treatment. For peak effectiveness, apply just enough of the right treatment at the weed’s most vulnerable life stage. Read more here.

Join NOFA/RI at the Green Marketplace Festival

Green Marketplace FestivalSunday, August 10, 10 a.m. – 5.p.m.
The Farmer’s Daughter & Landscape Creations of RI
715/716 Mooresfield Road, South Kingstown, RI

The Green Marketplace Festival celebrates Rhode Island’s tradition of horticulture, agriculture and landscape stewardship. Help celebrate our state’s Green Economy andorganic growers. Be sure to visut the NOFA/RI booth.

This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever, with activities for the whole family including Hands on Demonstrations ~ Family Fun Activities, Exhibits & Vendors ~ Live Music ~ Learn from the Experts ~ Green Businesses ~ Great Food ~ Big Nazo Puppets ~ Story Telling ~ BoldrDash

In “Learn from the Experts” landscape professionals will offer workshops on a variety of topics — stay tuned for a complete listing once the schedule is finalized!

There is ample free on-site parking. Admission costs $10 adults / $5 age 12-18 / under 12 Free / $25 maximum per family (4+)

New this year will be BoldrDash,New England’s premiere military-style obstacle course race that tests your strength and stamina with obstacles designed to meet all fitness levels – elite to beginner. There will be two separate courses, one for adults and another for children.

See photos from past events here.