Read time: 2 minutes

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:

Related Articles

Related Articles

View all

Horticulture focus at WeedSmart Week 2022

Adopting an area-wide approach to weed management benefits all industries and land managers. Find out more at this WeedSmart event in Mildura. Read More...

WeedSmart Week goes to Mildura, Victoria

Growers and agronomists are invited to attend WeedSmart Week in Mildura, Vic from 30 Aug to 1 Sept. Grab yourself an early bird ticket! Read More...

Maximising the benefits of new pre-em chemistry

New pre-emergent herbicides on the market give growers more options for mixing and rotating modes of action. Read More...

Subscribe to the WeedSmart Newsletter