Efficiency factors in the cultivation of potatoes
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Recent experiments indicate that it usually will pay best to cultivate potatoes only a sufficient number of times to control weeds efficiently. Frequent use of the weeder early in the season will eliminate much of the usual more expensive weed control operations later on. Labor costs for weed control alone on 1120 farms in western New York in 1929 amounted to about 11 per cent of the total cost of growing the crop. Experiments comparing yields from ridge and level culture lave generally favored the latter. Deeper planting or the furrow plant-shallow cover method will eliminate much of the apparent necessity to resort to ridging as a means of late season weed control. A survey of practices on 258 New York farms indicated that sunburn injury is somewhat reduced by ridging. Unless the ridging is done after the plants are nearly mature, the ridge should be wide at the bottom and flat at the top. Finally, it can no longer be truthfully said that the best potato grower is the one who cultivates most often. Rather is he the grower who handles his weed problem with fewest cultivations and at lowest cost.
KeywordsAMERICAN Potato Journal Weed Control Level Culture Weed Problem Canada Thistle
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