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Water Use Efficiency as a Method for Predicting Water Use by Weeds

  • Robert F. Norris (a1)

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Water use by weeds is one type of loss that contributes to the cost of weeds to agriculture. Water use efficiency provides a mechanism by which water use by weeds can be estimated. Uncontrolled weed growth could result in estimated irrigation costs exceeding $50.00/ha. Weeds like barnyardgrass at threshold densities in irrigated crops like sugarbeet or tomato are estimated to increase production costs by about $20.00/ha depending on water cost.

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