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This publication discusses the effect on weed management of the inclusion of break crops (lupin, field pea, chickpea, faba bean, lentil and canola) in the cropping rotation compared to a rotation of continuous cereals.
Including break crops in the cropping rotation allows weed management options unavailable or not suited in wheat. For example, growing field peas allows crop-topping/ desiccation for weed seed set control, crop topping cannot be used in wheat without severe yield loss. Problem weeds can be targeted through break crops, for example, grass weeds are generally more easily controlled in break crops than in cereals. Most weed management benefits attributed to break crops depend upon a well grown and well managed break crop.
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Crops, Weed management, Herbicides, Western Australia
Agronomy and Crop Sciences | Weed Science
Parker, W, Pritchard, I, and Hashem, A. (2011), The value of break crops in weed management. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Perth. Bulletin 4822.
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