Project Number: 3611-12220-008-03
Start Date: Sep 01, 2011
End Date: Aug 31, 2015
This project will require a two-phase approach. First, a needs survey will be administered to small-holders in the mid-hills of Nepal to determine current maize and fingermillet production capacity in the area, the extent of weed losses due to weed interference, constraints on weed management (including time, labor, resources and climate), and problem weed species within the MFN system. In the second phase, field studies will be performed to a) determine yield loss-weed density curves for maize and fingermillet, b) compare the ability of several low-cost cultivation methods to reduce weed populations to an acceptable level, c) evaluate the impact of several cover crop species on weed population densities, d) quantify weed management labor costs in relation to several alternate planting arrangements.