Weeds

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Is this a Minor Pest?
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Minor Pest Title

Weeds

Minor Pest Description

Weeds compete for light, water, and nutrients, thereby resulting in reduced yield. Thorough land preparation is the first key to effective weed control. Amaranth is small-seeded and slow to germinate - therefore, weed control is essential early in the season. A seedbed free of weed seeds allows amaranth seedlings to get a head start on the weeds and establish a canopy that can shade out emerging weed seedlings.

Minor Pest What to do.
  • Mulching is recommended to reduce weed competition, soil compaction and erosion; mulching also conserves soil moisture. Be sure the organic mulching materials are free of weed seeds. Mulching is easier to apply if the amaranth crop is transplanted, but can also be used for row-seeded crops after the seedlings reach a height of 10 to 15 cm.
Minor Pest Position
9
Minor Pest Firstcontent
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Pest Type
weeds
Host Plants
Amaranth
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