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Nursery Weed Control with Herbicides or Fumigation--An Economic Evaluation

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Ten experiments conducted at seven southern nurseries over a 4-year period demonstrate that control of annual weeds with methyl bromide fumigation is economically unjustified. Total weed control costs with methyl bromide were 4 to 16 times more expensive than herbicides. Without exception, herbicides reduced weeding times, while fumigation reduced weeding times only in seven experiments. Methyl bromide fumigation can be justified when controlling pathogens or high populations of herbicide-resistant weed species.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assistant Professor of Tree Physiology, Department of Forestry, Auburn University Agricultural Experiment Station, Auburn, Alabama

Publication date: 1980-02-01

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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