Weed management in an intensive vegetable production system is a process involving weed identification, and cultural, mechanical, and chemical methods of weed control. An intensive vegetable production system is not an efficient user of soil moisture, soil nutrients, sunlight, or other factors used for growth without a properly timed and implemented weed management program.
Cultural methods of weed control include careful selection of production fields to match crops to fields based on weed species and level of infestation. Less-competitive crops such as cucumbers, melon, squash, pumpkins, and watermelon should be planted in fields with less-competitive weeds and low weed populations. Find more information in the North Carolina Agricultural Chemicals Manual chapters on weed control in cantelope, weed control in pumpkins,, weed control in squash, and weed control in watermelon.