Strawberries, one of the most popular berry fruit in the world, are an excellent source of vitamin C and K, and provide fiber, folic acid, manganese and potassium. The United States is the world’s largest producer of strawberries accounting for 29% of the total world’s strawberry production in 2012, while Spain is the world’s biggest exporter taking up the third of total world export.
Strawberries are however highly susceptible to weed competition, especially when the plants are small and frequent watering provides ideal conditions for weed to grow. Since strawberry plants grow relatively slowly and are poor competitors, weeds quickly invade and establish within bare areas. Strawberry fields are kept in production for several years while weed populations change within the fields, from annuals in the first year to a mixture of annuals and perennials in the following years. The use of herbicides to control weeds is thus an important component of an integrated weed management program.
Glufosinate-ammonium applied between strawberry rows is effective in controlling most grass and broad-leaved weeds and enables a significant increase in yields. Its mode of action as a post-emergence non-selective herbicide that rapidly degrades in the soil allows for treatment after the strawberry plant has grown.
Strawberry fields after weed control