Fumigants and Their Effectiveness in Weed Control

Jim Rogers Weed Management

By Clint Thompson Fumigation is an integral part of a specialty crop producers’ weed management strategy. According to Nathan Boyd, University of Florida (UF) associate center director and professor of horticulture/weed science at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, growers can achieve higher levels of success when they have a comprehensive understand of how fumigants function. “Fumigants do play …

Applying Herbicide Under Plastic Mulch

Jim Rogers Fumigation, Weed Management

By Ramdas Kanissery Weed management is fundamental in successfully growing vegetables in Florida using a plasticulture system. Traditionally, this production system was reliant on fumigants like methyl bromide to control various soilborne diseases, nematodes and weeds. However, the phaseout of methyl bromide resulted in a lack of broad-spectrum activity and consistency in weed suppression in plastic mulched raised beds. This …