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Intra-Row Weed Control by use of Band Steaming

Kristensen, Erik Fløjgaard; Jørgensen, Martin Heide and Kristensen, Jens Kristian (2005) Intra-Row Weed Control by use of Band Steaming. In: NJF Report, 1 (1), pp. 185-187.

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Summary

Disinfection of the soil by means of steaming has been a common method for eliminating weeds and fungal diseases. However, surface steaming of soil is a very energy-intensive process, and consequently, efforts have been made to develop a machine for narrow-band steaming of the soil under and around rows of cultivated plants prior to seeding. The use of this machine may achieve up to 90% energy savings, and will also reduce the amount of damage to the flora and fauna. Tests have shown that soil temperatures exceeding 70C will be needed to protect against germination of weed seeds. For band heating such a treatment in 50 cm rows requires about 5.8 GJ/ha.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:weed control, steam, row crops, band heating, technique, energy
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Weed management
Research affiliation: Denmark > DARCOF II (2000-2005) > I. 9 (BANHEAT) Band heating for intra-row weed control
Deposited By: Kristensen, Erik Fløjgaard
ID Code:10005
Deposited On:17 Nov 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:34
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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