Growing Weeds on Purpose for Science: Weed Day at UC Davis

Growing weeds on purpose for science

July 24, 2015
reprinted from Western Farm Press

The science of weed control not only commands the study of researchers from an entire department on a major university; it regularly draws over 100 company reps, farm advisors and other weed aficionados to the annual Weed Day at UC Davis.

Joe DiTomaso, weed scientist at UC Davis (photo: Todd Fitchette)
Joe DiTomaso, weed scientist at UC Davis (photo: Todd Fitchette)

Studies into the science of weed control in tomato fields, robotic cultivators, weeds in melons and issues centered on herbicides continue to be the talk of the day at the annual event.

This year’s planning committee was chaired by Joe DiTomaso, a non-crop weed specialist within the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis.

Brad Hanson, weed scientist at UC Davis. (photo: Todd Fitchette)
Brad Hanson, weed scientist at UC Davis. (photo: Todd Fitchette)

Key areas of continued university study continues in weed control in tomatoes and melons by UC Davis project scientist Lynn Sosnoskie, and orchard studies typically headed up by Cooperative Extension weed specialist Brad Hanson.

This year’s activities included a mechanical weed control demonstration using a robotic cultivator.

— Article and photos by Todd Fitchette, Western Farm Press. See all of Todd Fitchette’s photos of Weed Day.

(photo: Todd Fitchette)
(photo: Todd Fitchette)
Lynn Sosnoskie, a weed scientist at UC Davis. (photo: Todd Fitchette)
Lynn Sosnoskie, a weed scientist at UC Davis. (photo: Todd Fitchette)

 

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