Manual weed control
What is Manual or Hand Weeding?
Weeds are removed and collected from crop fields by hand. The collected weeds are piled on bunds or in case of certain weeds, taken home to feed animals. Manual weeding is a part of integrated weed management that involves the integrated use of cultural, manual, mechanical and/or chemical control methods.
Why Control Weeds?
Why Use Manual or Hand Weeding?
Limitations of Hand Weeding
How to Hand Weed
1. Weeds need to be controlled from planting until the crop canopy closes.
2. Start hand weeding within two weeks of planting (or when weeds are large enough to grasp).
3. Repeat the weeding once or twice more at 30-32 and 40-42 days after transplanting (DAT) or 40-42 and 50-52 days after sowing (DAS).
4. Do not allow weeds to flower and set seeds in a crop field.
5. Use good land leveling to reduce weeds.
Developed with input from B Chauhan, MA Bell, V Balasubramanian, and JF Rickman.