Schreurs & Sons is a large and successful vegetable growing business based in Clyde, Victoria.
The VG15070 “A strategic approach to weed management for the Australian Vegetable Industry” team recently spoke to Director of Field Operations Adam Schreurs and VegNET Victoria Industry Development Officer Carl Larsen about the farm’s integrated weed management (IWM) approach. The two videos below resulted from these discussions.
In the first video, Adam discusses their IWM approach, which includes a mix of methods at different stages of the crops life and during the fallow period.
One of the keys to Adam’s success is his continued willingness to explore new ways of managing weeds, learning from his neighbours, peers, industry research and his team’s own on-farm trials.
Carl shares his perspective on the reasons behind Adam’s success, not only in weed management but in crop management innovation. He discusses some of the ways in which Adam’s story provides a positive example for other growers to emulate.
In recent years, the Schreurs & Sons team has reverted to using weed management methods that reduce their reliance on herbicides in their vegetable crops. This decision came after they noticed that the limited herbicide options available to them were becoming less effective.
In the second video, Adam explains how introducing stale seedbeds and inter-row cultivation into their IWM approach has helped them address this issue, while also allowing them to employ herbicides more strategically and with greater success.
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