Proper weed identification is essential for control
Participants identifying weed samples
What has ANR done?A workshop at UC's Kearney Agricultural Center trained growers, PCAs and others on weed identification and how to devise strategies for control. UCCE farm advisors and a specialist shared information in a way that encouraged interaction between the more than 120 participants and the instructors, promoting a high level of participation.
The event included a weed identification quiz and discussion on how to correctly identify weeds according to specific characteristics, growth habits and life cycles. Cost-effective modes of control for various orchard and vineyard settings were also discussed.
Get to know your weeds before trying to control themUnderstanding the importance of being able to properly identify weeds before deciding on methods of control is the essential first step in effective weed management. Numerous positive comments confirming this fact were received from the participants during the day. A survey showed the hands-on weed identification part of the workshop was rated as very valuable.
Due to the success of this event, future weed workshops will be held on both the east and west side of the valley, covering both annual and perennial crops.
Supporting Unit:Fresno County
Kurt Hembree, UCCE Fresno County Weed Science Farm Advisor
1720 S. Maple Ave., Fresno, CA 93702
(559) 456-7556 firstname.lastname@example.org