Low-input and High-input Dryland Taro Weed Control in Hawai'i

Sato, Dwight
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University of Hawaii
Living mulches were compared to weed cultivation and herbicide weed control in dryland taro. The highest No.1 corm yields were harvested from the herbicide and the cultivation treatments. The living mulches tested were ineffective in controlling weeds eight weeks after planting, and poor final yields were attained. Although the highest cost item was cultivation labor, timely mechanical cultivation appears to be a workable alternative for the small family farmer with no hired labor. For the larger farmer with hired labor, proper use of herbicides, possibly in combination with mechanical cultivation, offers the most efficient means of weed control.
Colocasia esculenta, crop yield, Hawaii, herbicides, live mulches, mechanical weed control, taro, weed control
Sato D. 1993. Low-input and high-input dryland taro weed control in Hawai’i. In: Ferentinos L, editor. Proceedings of the Sustainable Taro Culture for the Pacific Conference. Sustainable Taro Culture for the Pacific Conference; 1992 Sept 24-25; Honolulu, Hawaii. Honolulu (HI): University of Hawaii. p. 58-60.
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