Submitted to: Advances in Soil Science
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: September 15, 1996
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Many methods have been proposed to control weeds, but modern agriculture has come to rely on herbicides as the major means of controlling weed growth. However, this has come at a price and many critics believe that modern agriculture is responsible for the direct contamination of the drinking water supplies in the nation. Herbicides replaced tillage starting in the 1960's and there is an increasing reliance on the use of man-made chemicals for weed control. The use of herbicides has not reduced weed problems and there are indications that weeds have become resistant to chemicals, requiring different herbicides to be developed. This paradigm has become prevalent in the 1980's and early 1990's and suggests that we need to focus more on management of weeds. The linkage between weed and soil management has not been explored or developed. These linkages were the focus of the Fifth Long-Term Soil Management Workshop sponsored by the National Soil Tilth Laboratory, which this volume is based.