Integrated weed management (Webinar 1 of 3): A practical approach for vegetable growers

Integrated weed management (IWM) is vital for getting on top of weed problems in vegetable production. It involves combining all appropriate weed control options in a coordinated, supportive and flexible way. A key outcome of effective IWM in vegetable production is the reduction of the weed seed bank (the number of viable weed seeds present in the soil) to ensure that the weed burden is minimised.

Click on below links for resources on topics discussed in the webinar:

  1. Stale seed beds and inter-row cultivation: Adam Schreurs. Click here for case study and video.
  2. Diligent hand weeding: Maureen Dobra. Click here for case study and video.
  3. Economics of weed management in the Australian vegetable industry: Click here for report.
  4. Nutgrass - integrated weed management: Click here for fact sheet.

The presentation from the webinar is available to download here.


This webinar will cover the key tactics and principles of IWM by giving examples of successful IWM.

Topics line-up:

  • Brief introduction to the teams and projects
  • About IWM
    1. What is it?
    2. Which tactics (grouped) does it employ?
    3. Important principles, e.g. timeliness, diligence, flexibility, willingness to innovate.
    4. What are the objectives? Primary one being to reduce weed seed bank over time.
  • Successful innovation in IWM – including ‘new’ tactics to improve weed management success
    1. Stale seed beds and inter-row cultivation: Adam Schreurs.
    2. Diligent hand weeding: Maureen Dobra.


University of New England weed team: Assoc. Prof. Paul Kristiansen, Michael Coleman and Christine Fyfe

The webinar is presented by the project VG16078 –  Soil wealth and integrated crop protection – Phase 2 in conjunction with project VG15070 – A strategic approach to weed management for the Australian Vegetable Industry. These are funded by Hort Innovation using the vegetable and potato research and development levy and contributions from the Australian Government. Hort Innovation is the grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australian horticulture.