Weed control courses

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Weeds utilise valuable moisture and nutrients that could better be used by the crop. It is, therefore, crucial that they be managed properly to achieve high yields.  The economic, ecological and sociological consequences of the weed control strategies must be understood in order to effectively manage weeds in cropping situations. It is important that a suitable weed control program makes use of a variety of management practices.

A large variety of courses in weed control can be presented on request. These include, but are not limited to:

    • Weed management

This course addresses the problems that can be caused by weeds in cropping situations, as well as the best times to control weeds. Aspects of the biology of weeds that affect control are covered, as well as the various methods that can be used to control weeds. Finally, the ways in which these methods can be combined in an integrated weed management programme will be covered.

    • Weed control problems

Learn about the various way in which weeds can affect crop production, and the various factors that can affect the selectivity of of herbicides, and so their safe use in crops, and why damage can sometimes occur. The biology of weeds, and how this affects their control. Understand the information given on a herbicide label, the process used to calibrate a herbicide spray, and why this is so important.

    • The problem of weed resistance

Learn how weed resistance develops and how the use of integrated weed management strategies can restrict the development of weed resistance.

    • The registration process for herbicides

Learn about the process that a chemical needs to go through from discovery until it is made available for use on the farmers field. An added bonus to this course is being taught to read and understand the label provided with each herbicide. It is crucial that not only the agent, but also the producer can understand the information given on these labels in order to prevent problems.

    • Correct use of pre-emergence herbicides

Understand the criteria that are used to make herbicide recommendations, and the various factors that can influence the efficacy of herbicides. Learn about the factors that affect the rate at which herbicides are degraded in the soil and how these influence the the efficacy of a herbicide and the risk of carryover to sensitive crops. Understand how herbicides are absorbed and transported within the plant.

    • Correct application of post emergence herbicides

Understand the criteria that are used to make herbicide recommendations, and the various factors that can influence the efficacy of herbicides, and determine the correct application times to obtain the best control.

Please contact us if you have a specific course in mind, and we will design it for you.