Enjoying a plate of asparagus on our table takes an endless number of important activities before its cultivation.
Removing the grass that grows around the asparagus bush is one of these activities that although unknown, is carried out for essential reasons to achieve a quality crop and generate workforce.
Here are the most important aspects about this task:
- What is the purpose of weeding?
Weeding is done with the purpose of giving the asparagus the most optimal conditions for its development, improving and thus avoiding competition and efficiency of both water and fertilizers.
- What happens if it’s not done?
If this activity was not carried out, the crops would have very low production. Like any other plant, they compete for space and nutrients but above all for light and water, so the weeds would affect the natural development of the asparagus.
- Does the herb affect the asparagus plant in any way?
It does affect, both directly and indirectly. It hosts various pests and environmental or soil diseases, decreasing the asparagus production by natural competition among plants for light, water and nutrients.
- How many people perform this activity? (in total, counting all fields)
Approximately 50 people per 100 hectare throughout the cycle, which generates work and labor in our community. This activity is carried out temporarily because it depends on the pressure of the weeds presented.
- Is there any way to prevent the grass from growing?
Yes, through the good management and complementation of pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicide applications, as well as good water management. Both actions carried out to contribute to the environmental care.
- Does weeding have any kind of negative impact on our environment?
No, the fact that the work is done manually instead of tracing the soil or applying herbicides (such as glyphosate) prevents erosion, protects fertility and soil life, and avoids any type of environmental damage.