Herbicides and Crop and Soil Management

  • R. J. Stephens


Effective herbicides now enable weeds to be controlled without cultivation. Despite their high development costs the flow of new herbicides continues and there are few crops in which chemical weed control is not possible. The drudgery of hand weeding has been virtually eliminated in the technically advanced countries but the herbicides used in less highly developed countries are almost exclusively applied to plantation cash crops; peasant agriculture relies still on hand weeding although great social benefit could be derived from carefully planned use of quite small quantities of herbicides, such as the use of triazines for suppression of parasitic weeds in maize (Ogborn,1972).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. J. Stephens
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  1. 1.School of Biological SciencesUniversity of BathUK

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