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18 Mar

Weed Management in Mentha Crop

Weed Management in Mentha Crop

Weed Management in Mentha Crop

Mentha, also known as mint, is cultivated on a large scale in India due to its medicinal properties. Its cultivation is primarily done for the oil obtained from its leaves. However, like other crops, mint cultivation is also affected by weeds, pests, and diseases. The problem of broad-leaf weeds and narrow-leaf weeds in mentha crops is common, which reduces the oil content in the crop and deprives farmers of profits. For more information on the losses caused by weeds in mentha crops and how to control them, please read through.

Damage Caused by Weeds in Mentha Crops

  • Reduction in Oil Quantity: The quality of the crop is severely affected due to weeds. Along with this, there is a reduction in the quantity of oil in its leaves.
  • Deficiency of Nutrients: Weeds present in the field absorb nutrients from the soil, depriving the crops of adequate nutrition.
  • Outbreak of Diseases and Pests: Weeds contribute to the spread of various fungal diseases and pests, resulting in adverse effects on the crop.
  • Crop Yield Reduction: Weeds in the field can decline in the crop's production, leading farmers to face losses instead of profits.
  • Increased Costs: The use of weedicides/herbicides contributes to a rise in agricultural costs. Additionally, controlling pests and diseases through various chemicals also increases expenses.

Different Methods of Controlling Weeds

Through Weeding

  • Weeding is the easiest way to control weeds.
  • Carry out weeding 2 to 4 times as per requirement at some time interval in the field to control weeds efficiently.

Through Chemical Inputs

Controlling Narrow-leaf Weeds

  • Couch grass, Indian barnyard millet, Spider grass, Golden grass, Goose grass, Banchari, Chiniyari, etc. are included in the narrow leaf weeds.
  • To control such weeds, spray 300 ml Propaquizafop 10% EC (Adama Agil) mixed in 150 to 200 liters of water per acre of field.

Controlling Broadleaf Weeds

  • In the mentha crop, the problem of Motha grass is more among the broad-leaf weeds.
  • Apart from this, there is also the problem of weeds like White goosefoot, Mexican prickly poppy, Black nightshade, Wild spinach, etc.
  • To control these, use 800 ml of Bentazone 480 g/L SL (BASF Basagran) per acre of field.

Things to Keep in Mind During the Application of Weedicides/Herbicides

  • The use of the mentioned weedicides does not cause any harm to the crops.
  • It is essential to ensure adequate moisture in the field during the application.
  • Within 8 to 10 days of application, weeds will be eliminated.
  • Avoid walking in the field after the application of weedicides.
  • During the application of weedicides/herbicides, ensure to cover your hands and mouth.
  • If possible, administer them while wearing full clothing.
  • Keep children and animals away from the field during the administration.
  • After applying the weedicides, thoroughly clean your hands.
  • In case of chemicals entering the eyes or mouth, immediately rinse with water and seek advice from a nearby medical professional.

Which chemicals do you use to control weeds in the mentha crop? Share your answers with us in the comments. If you find the information provided in this post useful, don't forget to like and share it. For more information on weed control, follow the 'Weed Management' channel now. Also, to get proper advice on weed management from agri-experts, you can contact DeHaat's toll-free number - 1800-1036-110.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

Q: Which is the best weedicide/herbicide for controlling weeds?

A: There are several types of chemical inputs available in the market for weed control. Different weedicides/herbicides are used for different crops. Additionally, there are separate chemical inputs for broad-leaf and narrow-leaf weeds. Therefore, always use the chemical inputs according to the crops you are cultivating.

Q: When should the weedicides be applied?

A: There are various types of weedicides available in the market. Some weedicides are applied to crops within 2 to 3 days of planting. Meanwhile, there are also weedicides that are sprayed during the crop's development to control weeds. Before applying weedicides, carefully read and follow the instructions provided on the weedicides' packet. Weedicide spraying should be done in the morning or evening. While spraying weedicides, ensure the soil should have appropriate moisture. If rainfall is expected, spray the weedicides after the rain. This enhances the effectiveness of the weedicides.

Q: What precautions should be taken while applying weedicides?

A: Weedicides contain various harmful chemicals that can have adverse effects on human health. Therefore, when applying them, it is important to cover your face with a cloth. Wear gloves on your hands as well while applying weedicides. After applying, thoroughly clean your hands. Empty packets of weedicides can be harmful to animals. So, do not litter the empty packets randomly.

Q: Why is weed control necessary?

A: Weed control is essential to maintain the quality of the crops. Weeds not only reduce the yield but also become a breeding ground for various diseases and pests. Therefore, controlling weeds is crucial for the successful and healthy cultivation of crops.

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