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Cultivation and Weed Control

  • UK Organic Farming Unit 4321 Emmert Farm Lane Lexington, KY, 40514 United States (map)

Developing an effective weed management system integrated throughout the production process can reduce weed pressures and labor costs.  Join the Organic Association of Kentucky for this Field Day overview of the mechanical and cultural controls used on the 30-acre University of Kentucky Organic Farming Unit, hosted by UK’s Mark Williams and Kristi Durbin. 

Through discussion, handouts, and demonstration, participants will see the entire weed control system while gaining a deeper understanding of how to combine strategies to effectively control weeds, including…

  • Crop rotation;

  • Cover cropping and mulching;

  • Bed preparation, including irrigation considerations;

  • Stale seedbed cultivation;

  • Scale-appropriate cultivating tools;

  • Between-row cultivation;

  • In-row cultivation.

UK’s Organic Farming Unit has produced and sold certified organic fruit, vegetables, flowers and herbs for more than a decade. This highly diversified farm markets through CSA, farm stands, and wholesale channels, and is used to train students in a farming apprenticeship program.

his OAK Field Day is geared towards production farmers and will highlight mid- to large-scale farm cultivation and weed control.  Cost for this Field Day is $5 for OAK Members; $10 non-members.  Registration is recommended.