|Several species of weeds may occur in a pearl millet field and compete with the crop for the limited soil moisture and nutrients, resulting in poor growth and reduction of yield. It is therefore advisable to keep the field clean all the time. When the crop is planted in rows, tractor or ox-drawn implements can be used to control weeds. In general the first weeding should be done three weeks after germination and the second about three weeks later. Chemical weed control is also possible by using the right doses of the herbicides known to be effective in sorghum and maize.