Weed Control in the Organic Coffee Field

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Resources (video and manual) created by the University of Puerto Rico on weed management in organic coffee fields.

NOTE: This video is in Spanish, with English subtitles.

A video created by University of Puerto Rico outlining sustainable methods for controlling weeds in organic coffee fields. Such methods include using cover crops as ground cover, mechanical methods, and organic herbicides. Research results found that, once established, cover crops (such as ornamental peanut) outperformed all other methods for controlling weeds. A workshop conducted by the researchers found that when farmers use mechanical methods, they prefer the machete over the trimmer.

A manual produced by University of Puerto Rico on sustainable strategies to manage weeds in organic coffee systems. The manual underlines the differences between weeds and herbaceous cover crops, introduces the concept of ecosystem services and presents various organic weed management alternatives.

(Note: This project product is in Spanish).


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This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.