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Mustard Seed Meal Suppresses Weeds

Posted by Lindy on January 5, 2009


During processing, the useful oils are extracted from the mustard plant, leaving mustard seed meal, or MSM, as a byproduct.  This has been shown to suppress annoying weeds like common chickweed, creeping woodsorrel and liverwort and many grasses. So it is hoped that organic farmers may have an alternative to hand weeding. However, while it works well for some crops, other crops also suffer some damage. Hence scientists are running trials to see how the chemicals in MSM can be most appropriately used. For more see here

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