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Mechanical weed control in organic fruit growing: Thread mowers (BIOFRUITNET Practice Abstract)

{Tool} Mechanical weed control in organic fruit growing: Thread mowers (BIOFRUITNET Practice Abstract). Creator(s): Oeser, Niklas. Issuing Organisation(s): FÖKO - Fördergemeinschaft Ökologischer Obstbau. Biofruitnet Practice Abstract, no. 043. (2023)

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Large weeds are also removed from the entire tree strip. The soil-conserving tillage prevents erosion and nitrogen release.
Practical recommendations
• Vertically rotating plastic filaments (PU) cut the above-ground plant parts in the tree strip.
• Different thread thicknesses and shapes are available. Use the advice of your agricultural advisor to select the best choice for your farm.
• The threads wear out through use and must be retightened manually. Abrasion is highly dependent on the soil type, soil wetness, and the "sharpness" of the treatment. Avoid using the thread mower in very dry soil conditions to minimize thread wear.
• If you work in a combination strategy with other devices, use the thread mower mainly in summer (approx. from July).
• In young plants, the weed pressure on good soils is usually too high for the sole use of the thread mower device to be sufficient (water/nutrient competition). Older plants (>7th standing year) might also be treated with the thread mower all year round if necessary, this is dependent on varieties present in the orchard, soil type, weed pressure, etc.

EPrint Type:Practice tool
What problem does the tool address?:Weed control in the tree strip is very important in organic fruit production. However, herbicides are not allowed and many mechanical cultivation tools are difficult to use in wet soil conditions.
What solution does the tool offer?:The thread mower regulates the weeds in the tree strip by mowing the above-ground vegetation without breaking up the soil and thus can be implemented, regardless of the weather conditions.
Type of Practice Tool:Practice abstracts
Keywords:Weed control, cultivation measures, yield stability
Agrovoc keywords:
weed control
yield stability
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Production systems > Fruit and berries
Crop husbandry > Weed management
Research affiliation: European Union > Horizon 2020 > Biofruitnet
Germany > Fördergemeinschaft Ökologischer Obstbau - FÖKO
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:862850
Related Links:https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/45988, https://biofruitnet.eu, https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/45940, https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/45986, https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/45941, https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/45989, https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/45990
Project ID:ofk
Deposited By: Basler, Andreas
ID Code:45988
Deposited On:25 Apr 2023 14:54
Last Modified:25 Apr 2023 14:54
Document Language:English

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