Peach Seedling Weed Control as Part of a Prunus Stem Pitting Control System1

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Frank N. HewetsonThe Pennsylvania State University, University Park

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George M. Greene IIThe Pennsylvania State University, University Park

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Richard CraigThe Pennsylvania State University, University Park

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Abstract

In order to reduce the cost of fumigation and weed control in seedling nurseries of peach (Prunus persica (L.) Batsch.), a number of herbicides, used with and without Nemagon as a nematicide, were evaluated. While necessary for soil fumigation, the presence or absence of Nemagon did not effect weed control or seedling performance. The best and most economical herbicides were the spring application of simazine at 4.5 kg ai/ha or the fall application of diuron at 3.4 kg ai/ha.

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Received for publication March 20, 1974. Paper No. 4617 in the journal series of the Pennsylvania Agriculture Experiment Station.

Professor Emeritus, Assistant Professor and Associate Professor, respectively, Department of Horticulture.

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