Finger Millet ( Weed Control )

So far, no systemic herbicide(s) have been identified to control weeds in finger millet. At present, good management is the only efficient weed management measure.

Weed control is difficult especially in the fields where Eleusine indica and E. africana grassy weeds exist. It is difficult to distinguish seedlings of these grassy weeds from finger millet in early stages. They look alike and can be identified only when they flower.The problem of these two grasses can be minimized by avoiding early plantings.

Planting of seed crop should be delayed until these weeds sprout well and subsequently killed by refreshing disk harrowing. Effective weed control is possible only when the crop is planted in rows/lines and the weeding is done manually using a hoe or "star weeder" 2-3 weeks after crop emergence. Farmers may use their ordinary hoe if the crop has been planted in rows. Two inter-row cultivations and one hand weeding are recommended before the crop is 35 days old. Inter-row cultivation help in weed control as well as in the removal of excess seedlings.


More Information on Finger Millet
Origin And Botany | Varietal Development And Maintenance | Land Selection | Land Preparation | Planting | Fertilization | Irrigation | Weed Control | Plant Protection | Roguing | Harvesting | Field Inspection

Depots

Chipata Depot
Stand No. 931 David Kaunda Rd
P.O. Box 510695, Chipata
Tel: +260 216 21500
Eastern province

Kapiri Mposhi Depot
Stand No. 911 Great North Rd
P.O. Box 810194, Kapiri Mposhi
Tel: +260 215 271166/74
Central Province

Kitwe Depot
Kitwe Show Grounds
P.O. Box 22196, Kitwe
Tel: +260212 226777
Coperbelt Province

Mazabuka Depot
Lubombo Rd
P.O. Box 670174, Mazabuka
Tel: +260 213 30275
Southern Province