Extending Weed Detection and Control Best Practice to Small Farm Owners

This project provided findings of recent national surveys by UNE through the Defeating the Weeds Menace program (UNE61 and UNE62) which elucidated how weeds spread within Australia, and how farmers and weed inspectors detect, record and map new weeds. In this project we specifically engaged with and extended the best practice methodology to peri-urban lifestyle landholders.  These small farm owners have been found to be motivated to control weeds though often find it more difficult than professional farmers to do so, for a range of reasons including lack of time, labour, insufficient knowledge or lack of appropriate equipment.

The University of New England has published a booklet that provides information to small farm owners who are having trouble identifying and controlling weeds on their land.

The booklet is available for free download from this page.
Completed in 2010 

Weed Detection and Control on Small Farms Book Cover

This project was conducted by Professor Brian Sindel, School of Environmental and Rural Science, University of New England, with the assistance of the Institute for Rural Futures.

The project was funded by the Defeating the Weed Menace R & D Program, managed by Land & Water Australia on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.

Funded by: Land and Water Australia

Contact: The Institute for Rural Futures