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Effect of mechanical soil treatment in blueberry orchards

Benduhn, Bastian; Maxin, Peter and Pfeiffer, Barbara (2008) Effect of mechanical soil treatment in blueberry orchards. In: Boos, Markus (Ed.) Ecofruit - 13th International Conference on Cultivation Technique and Phytopathological Problems in Organic Fruit-Growing: Proceedings to the Conference from 18thFebruary to 20th February 2008 at Weinsberg/Germany, pp. 152-154.

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From June 2004 onwards a trial was conducted on a blueberry farm in the Lüneburg
Heath, Northern Germany, in which methods of mechanical soil cultivation were compared
with mulching. The aim was to determine how far the mechanical methods and equipment
established for soil management in viniculture and pomiculture can be adapted to
blueberry cultivation, and can be improved. The results showed a clear advantage of the
methods based on mulch technology in the shape of increased yields. Whilst the
mechanical treatments provided acceptable weed control, they cannot be recommended
for routine use at present because of strong yield reductions associated with damage to
the shallow root system of highbush blueberry shrubs.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Small fruits, blueberry, mechanical cultivation
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Crop health, quality, protection
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Fruit and berries
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2008: Ecofruit
Related Links:http://www.ecofruit.net
Deposited By: Tagung, Ecofruit
ID Code:13663
Deposited On:24 Jul 2008
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:37
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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