Jørgensen, M.H.; Kristensen, E.F.; Kristensen, J.K. and Melander, B. (2004) Thermal Band Heating for Intra-Row Weed Control. In: De Baerdemaaker, Josse (Ed.) AgEng 2004, Leuven, Belgium. Book of Abstracts, ISBN 90-76019-258. Paper on CD 287, 8 pp, Technological Institute, Belgium.
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. A special test rig has been developed with the objective of obtaining new information about narrow-band soil steaming. For a detailed analysis of the temperature profile in a cross-section of the processed band, an apparatus has been developed especially to record the temperatures obtained at 63 locations and at seven levels across the ditch. On the basis of the results from the test rig, a prototype band-steamer for field use has been developed. Tests have shown that soil temperatures exceeding 70C 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, engineering, horticulture, organic|
|Subjects:|| Crop husbandry > Crop health, quality, protection|
Crop husbandry > Weed management
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Vegetables
"Organics" in general > Country reports > Denmark
|Research affiliation:||Denmark > DARCOF II (2000-2005) > I. 9 (BANHEAT) Band heating for intra-row weed control|
|Deposited By:||Kristensen, Erik Fløjgaard|
|Deposited On:||20 May 2005|
|Last Modified:||12 Apr 2010 07:30|
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