Corn Crops

Weeds in gardens or farm crops are inevitable.  And their impact on the output of a crop can be devastating if not properly cared for.  Corn is a crop that relies heavily on water.  And weeds deplete the water supply and soak up nutrients that were intended for the health of your crop.  Here are some tips on how to clean, cultivate, protect and prevent your crops and killing weeds that might otherwise damage you harvest.

The most important time for controlling this problem is beginning with planting corn crops until the stalks are a foot taller or more.  At that moment onward they are capable of crowding out the weed and clear its surroundings on its own.  Until this time comes plan to supervise and manage the crop on a daily basis.  Vary your approach using different brands and chemical make ups of pesticides.  Weeds are a strong and savvy plant and easily grow immune to constant exposure of any one deterrent.

Do not spray chemical pesticides on the corn plant itself.  This may not damage the corn stalk or produce, but test results have shown reduced amounts of nutrients in corn subject to chemical fertilizers and pesticides.  In large areas of planted corn crops it is acceptable to use tillers for removing weeds.  When working in smaller blocks or gardens it is much preferred to pull weeds by hand.  This keeps the delicate roots intact.

Weeds will most likely first appear after planting or during the germination period. It would be helpful to note the different strands of weed you encounter to take up the proper method and ask your local farm supplier for the appropriate herbicide.

It can be just as helpful to keep adjoining fields clean of weeds as well to prevent airborne seeding.  As soon as the corn is harvested turn the soil again several times over.  This will destroy any remaining weeds and bury any seeds that may remain.

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