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Innovative strategies for physical weed control on processing tomato in the Serchio Valley (Central Italy)

Peruzzi, A.; Raffaelli, M.; Ginanni, M.; Lulli, L.; Frasconi, C. and Fontanelli, M. (2008) Innovative strategies for physical weed control on processing tomato in the Serchio Valley (Central Italy). Poster at: Cultivating the Future Based on Science: 2nd Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research ISOFAR, Modena, Italy, June 18-20, 2008.

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An “on-farm” open field research on processing tomato weed control was carried out during 2006 in a conventional farm in the Serchio Valley (Pisa, Central Italy). The aim of the experiment was to test innovative strategies and operative machines for non-chemical (physical) weed control.
The innovative strategy was compared with the farm traditional technique. The innovative strategy consisted in the application of the stale-seedbed technique (by means of a rolling harrow and a flaming machine in the pre-transplanting phase) and precision hoeing interventions in post-transplanting phase (with an innovative machine equipped with rigid elements, for inter-row weed control, and elastic tines for selective intra-row weed control). Traditional technique consisted in two chemical pre-transplanting interventions and two post-transplanting rotary hoe treatments.
Innovative operative machines performances, weed density during the crop cycle, dry weed biomass at harvest and crop fresh yield were recorded.
The innovative strategy allowed to reach significantly higher yield values (+18%), a good weed control and a relevant increase of gross marketable production with respect to traditional strategy (+4500 € ha-1 as net value of weed management costs).
The experiment is still on-going and it will finish in 2008.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Keywords:physical weed control, operative machines for weed control, processing tomato, stale seed-bed technique
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Weed management
Farming Systems > Buildings and machinery
Crop husbandry > Soil tillage
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2008: IFOAM OWC: Research Track / ISOFAR > 8.2 Mediterranean crop production
Deposited By: Fontanelli, PhD student Marco
ID Code:12323
Deposited On:02 Oct 2008
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:36
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:This paper is published in the conference proceedings:
Neuhoff, Daniel; Halberg, Niels; Alfldi, Thomas; Lockeretz, William; Thommen, Andreas; Rasmussen, Ilse A.; Hermansen, John; Vaarst, Mette; Lck, Lorna; Carporali, Fabio; Jensen, Henning Hgh; Migliorini, Paola and Willer, Helga, Eds. (2008) .Cultivating the Future Based on Science. Proceedings of the Second Scientific Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR), held at the 16th IFOAM Organic World Congress in Cooperation with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and the Consorzio ModenaBio, 18 . 20 June 2008 in Modena, Italy.. International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR), c/o IOL, DE-Bonn, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, CH-Frick. https://orgprints.org/13672 and https://orgprints.org/13674

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