With more and more weeds becoming resistant to herbicides, many experts are recommending a return to a set of practices called integrated weed management (IWM). Like integrated pest management, IWM relies on the biology of the pest—in this case, the weed—to reduce weed populations to manageable levels and prevent future weed introduction. IWM refers to the integrated use of cultural, physical, biological and chemical control strategies to contain or eradicate a population of weeds.
Ever wonder what it takes to grow strawberries or blueberries? Or what kinds of challenges growers might face when they grow spinach? Fruit, vegetables, nuts, herbs and even landscape plants are in a unique group of their own, called “specialty crops.” Specialty crop growers face issues not experienced by growers of large-acre crops like cotton, soybeans or corn.