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Organic Orchard Floor Management Systems for Apple Effect on Rootstock Performance in the Midwestern United States

Stefanelli, Dario; Zoppolo, Roberto J.; Perry, Ronald L. and Weibel, Franco (2009) Organic Orchard Floor Management Systems for Apple Effect on Rootstock Performance in the Midwestern United States. HortScience, 44, pp. 263-267.

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Summary

In organic apple production systems, orchard floor management is of prime importance because it determines weed management and soil fertility. In this experiment,
we evaluated the response of the cultivar Pacific Gala on three rootstocks of different vigor: M.9 NAKB 337, M.9 RN 29, and Supporter 4 (in respective order of vigor
from dwarfing to semivigorous). The rootstocks were also evaluated for the response to three orchard floor management systems (OFMSs): mulching using alfalfa hay, flame burning, and shallow strip tillage using the Swiss sandwich system (SSS). The experiment was conducted in an experimental orchard planted in 2000.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:‘Pacific Gala’, Swiss sandwich system, propane flame burning, mulching, sustainable agriculture, Bioobstbau
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Soil tillage
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Fruit and berries
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Crop Production
Related Links:http://hortsci.ashspublications.org/
Deposited By: Winter, Carmen
ID Code:20304
Deposited On:10 Jan 2012 15:13
Last Modified:10 Jan 2012 15:13
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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