Published Jun 14, 2019

Cultivation – First Pass – Organic Weed Control

By Practical Farmers of Iowa


The first cultivation pass is often the most important AND difficult for organic farmers. The crop is small — susceptible to being buried or injured — and yet eliminating weeds early is much easier when they’re still small.

In this video, several PFI farmers share advice on when it’s time to switch from light-tillage implements like rotary hoes to cultivators; what the crop and weeds should look like when you start cultivating; what you’re looking to do with that first pass; and other things to look for when cultivating a field for the first time after the crop has emerged.

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