Crop competition — give your crops the edge
The uncomfortable truth is that in many paddocks the weeds are winning the battles for space and resources.
Growing crops that out-compete weeds gives a double whammy benefit of more crop and less weeds — generating more profit!
Try some or all of these ideas to give your cropping system the competitive advantage:
- Get the soil pH right and do what you can to improve overall crop nutrition
- Set up your planter to sow crops on the narrowest row configuration possible within the other constraints of crop production
- Sow within the optimal planting window for the crop and your location
- Choose the most competitive crop type (e.g. barley over wheat) and the most competitive variety or hybrid of your chosen crop
- Select crops with early vigorous growth
- Set the crop up for success with optimal weed control prior to planting, using double knock tactics and effective pre-emergent herbicides
- Sow east-west rather than north-south if you can
- Use sowing rates at the upper end of the recommended range for the crop
And here’s more advice from the WeedSmart crop competition experts:
WeedSmart for organic croppers
The Jacksons developed valuable weed management tactics that can be employed in both conventional and organic farming systems. Read More
Measuring the value of weed control expenses
Chris Davey, WeedSmart's southern extension agronomist, suggests three ways to reassure yourself that a weed control tactic is worthwhile. Read More
Testing optical sprayer technology return on investment
The economic benefits often outweigh the upfront cost of weed detection technology for both green-on-green and green-on-brown systems. Read More
Join our Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter for the latest resources on herbicide resistance in Australia.