One of the popular ways to increase crop yield is the application of fertilizers, either organic or inorganic or at times, the combination of both called organo-mineral. However, the application of fertilizers has basic concept farmers must understand before starting the operation. Fertilizer is a separate entity and not a major factor for plant growth, though it’s a prerequisite. What makes it optional is the information that fertilizers are not needed in all cases, only in a condition when found deficient in the soil through the signs exhibited by the plants. Application of fertilizer can be good and at the same […]
Weeds are crops that grow where they are not wanted. Their presence affects the growth and performance of target crops. They compete for resources and act as disease hosts. Weeds need to be controlled before and soon after, they start sprouting. Despite all the advancements in weed control, farmers still find it challenging to effectively control weeds. There are various methods to control weeds that will be discussed in detail in this article.
Weeds compete with corn for light, nutrients, and water, especially during the first 3 to 5 weeks following emergence of the crop. It is important to control weeds in a cornfield before they are 6 to 8 inches high, which is when they begin to impact corn yields. Late-season weed infestations do not reduce corn yield nearly as much as early weed competition; however, weeds at this time can harbor destructive insect pests such as thrips, which can vector Fusarium ear rot, and armyworms, which can defoliate corn. Weeds also reduce silage feed quality, slow harvesters by causing wheel slippage […]