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Mechanical, thermal and robotic weeding for minimising laborious hand-weeding in row crops

Melander, Bo (2011) Mechanical, thermal and robotic weeding for minimising laborious hand-weeding in row crops. In: Neuhoff, Daniel; Halberg, Niels; Rasmussen, Ilse A.; Hermansen, J.E.; Ssekyewa, Charles and Sohn, Sang Mok (Eds.) ISOFAR International Scoiety of Organic Agriculture Research, ISOFAR, 1, Organic crop production, pp. 688-691.

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Intra-row weeds constitute a major challenge in organic row crops and research has mainly aimed at replacing laborious hand weeding with mechanization. A number of investigations have focussed on optimising the use of thermal and mechanical methods and this paper reviews the major results achieved for horticultural and agricultural row crops. Mechanical methods, such as weed harrowing, finger weeding and torsion weeding, have provided promising results in transplants. In direct-sown row crops, however, successful weed control requires a strategy where mechanical methods applied post-emergence are preceded by pre-emergence flaming for the control of early and problematic weed cohorts. New methods, such as robotic weeding for row crops with abundant spacing between individual crop plants and band-steaming for row crops developing dense crop stands, have been introduced recently. They are seen as the future directions of new solutions for intra-row weed control in row crops.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:intra-row weed control, mechanical weed control, hand-weeding, row crops
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Weed management
Research affiliation: Denmark > DARCOF III (2005-2010) > WEEDS - Control of weeds in organic cropping
Deposited By: Bo Melander, Senior Scientist
ID Code:20608
Deposited On:26 Mar 2012 07:10
Last Modified:18 Apr 2012 10:05
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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