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Weeds

Initially they look harmless, growing like every other plant. Some are even similar to farm crops. However continual presence of weeds on a farm can spell doom for a farming year.

Four Reasons you should watch out for weeds:

  • Weeds stagnate plant growth
  • Weeds reduce crop yield
  • Weeds reduce crop quality, thus reducing market value.
  • Weeds harbor diseases and insect pests that can affect crops.

Common Weeds
There are different kinds of weeds that grow on our farmlands. Some weeds tend to infest certain soil types while others infest certain choice crops.

Weeds are broadly divided into monocots and dicots.
Monocots: These are mostly grasses with narrow leaves. Some are annual, while others are annuals. Examples are:

  • Spear grass (Imperata Cylindrica)
  • Guinea Grass (Panicum Maximum)
  • Gamba Grass (Andropogon gayanus)

Dicots: These have broad leaves and are mostly annuals. They include:

  • Milk Weed (Euphorbia sp.)
  • Pig weed (Beerhavia sp.)
  • Purple Nutgrass (Cyperus sp.)
  • Sida Corymbosa
  • Sida Acuta
  • Goat weed (Amaranthus sp.)
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