Competition from weeds in newly planted fields can reduce plant growth and overall yield, if not managed properly.  Annual and perennial weeds can be controlled with fumigation; however, with the loss of methyl bromide, effective weed management strategies have shifted to include the use of herbicides, crop rotation, cultivation, and opaque mulches to prevent light penetration and weed seed germination. 

The California Strawberry Commission funds research in cooperation with university and USDA-ARS scientists to identify safe and effective herbicides. Strawberry production systems have short pre-harvest intervals, as the fruit is harvested every 3 days. Identification of products that optimize control without reducing yield and preserving food safety are key goals. 

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