President’s Note: Book Review – Manage Weeds on Your Farm

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Manage Weeds on Your Farm: A Guide to Ecological Strategies. Southern SARE. 2015. University of Alabama Press. 240 p.

The SARE program has developed many excellent publications. The newest publication is entitled Manage Weeds on Your Farm: A Guide to Ecological Strategies, and is available for purchase in softcover and downloadable free as a pdf.

The book covers both cultural and mechanical weed management strategies. It has a section on common weeds. The book is large, being 416 pages long.

One weed listed is important for the monarch butterfly. The common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is one of many species of milkweed, and is needed to support reproduction and survival of the monarch butterfly.

The text acknowledges this, and suggests, “maintenance of low densities in crop fields may contribute to a balanced landscape management strategy…”. I was glad to see this in the text.

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