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Eliminating Sunroot weeds

 
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Joseph Lofthouse wrote:
At my place, corn germinates quick and strong. There are few weeds that can outgrow them in the early weeks. So my corn weeding strategy is to weed once when the plants are about an inch tall, and weed a second time when they are about 4 inches tall. Then I don't weed the corn again. By the time they are that big, they can out-grow anything else at my farm. Well, the sunroots might outcompete, so I might do a third weeding to chop out only sunroots. But it's easier to just not plant anything in the part of the fields that have been abandoned to sunroots.



You have mentioned this before. How do you go about reclaiming such an area?
 
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Reclaiming an area from sunroot weeds, in my fields, requires intense multi-year, season-long weeding. Basically I have to stop what I'm doing to remove any sunroot as soon as I see it. And do that constantly for years. I have only successfully recovered 1 location out of 4. I acquired roofing membrane this spring. I'm intending to cover the worst of the sunroot weed patches with that this summer and leave it on the whole season.

Sunroots love moisture, so they died out in the field that I left fallow for three years without irrigation. I didn't try to do that.  I live in the desert.
 
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My friend google is not much help, so I have to ask: what are sunroots? Are they sunchokes? Thank you☺️.
 
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I use the word "sunroots" to describe the edible tubers of any species of sunflower. I don't use the phrase  "Jerusalem Artichokes" because they are not from Jerusalem, and they are not artichokes. I don't use the word "sunchokes" because it's bad marketing to try to sell something that is going to choke my customers.

 
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I have killed it by yanking it out when ever it shows it head  and planting mint on that bed.
Now I have a bed full of mint...
 
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