Brazil: Soil cover keeps weeds away from intercropped crops

Published Feb 21, 2022

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The use of ground cover reduces the number of weeds in intercropped vegetable beds, both in agroforestry and in full sun, probably because it constitutes a physical barrier to the emergence of these plants. The observation was made by a team from Embrapa Meio Ambiente, Centro Universitário Adventista de São Paulo (Unasp), Escola Superior de Agricultura “Luiz de Queiroz” (Esalq) and Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), in an experiment carried out at Sítio Agroecológico , from Embrapa Meio Ambiente, in Jaguariúna (SP). “The reduction of labor costs in Agroforestry Systems (SAFs) is a crucial issue for their economic viability and in vegetable crops, manual activities and the control of spontaneous plants are the ones that demand the most time”, says Embrapa Environment, in note. Also according to the state-owned agricultural research company, the use of mulch on intercropped vegetable beds considerably reduces the labor employed in controlling spontaneous weeds in SAFs and in ...
Source: Agroemdia
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