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Weed control in organic pome fruit growing: Combining different approaches (BIOFRUITNET Practice Abstract)

{Tool} Weed control in organic pome fruit growing: Combining different approaches (BIOFRUITNET Practice Abstract). Creator(s): Oeser, Niklas. Issuing Organisation(s): FÖKO - Fördergemeinschaft Ökologischer Obstbau. Biofruitnet Practice Abstract, no. 046. (2023)

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The disadvantages of relying on one machine can be partially compensated by combining different approaches and tools. This optimised tillage makes it possible to adapt to different conditions (e.g., weather, soil conditions, etc.).
Practical recommendations
• A widespread strategy is the combination of a gyroscopic crumbler and a thread mower:
o In spring, turn under organic material into the soil with the gyroscopic crumbler.
o Beginning in the summer, when tree growth calms down (from July), the thread mower can be used to avoid increased nitrogen mobilisation from soil disturbance, as only surface mowing occurs with the thread mower.
o Towards winter, it is recommended to treat again with the gyroscopic crumbler. This method also helps to manage mice by providing them with little coverage.
o The possible choices between these two types of equipment allow optimal weed management considering nutrient availability, soil conditions and the local weather situation.
• Another strategy can be the combination of a roll and finger hoe or a disc plow in Spring, with a thread mower in Summer:
o The roller and finger hoe are used in spring and after harvest to break up the soil and incorporate weeds.
o The thread mower is used in addition, in the summer months, to suppress weeds, grasses and root shoots (see above).

EPrint Type:Practice tool
What problem does the tool address?:For yield security, weeds in the tree strip of low-stem orchards must be regulated. Young plantations, in particular, are otherwise in tough competition for water and nutrients.
What solution does the tool offer?:Different devices for mechanical weed control bring specific advantages & disadvantages. A combined use of several devices in the overall strategy is recommended for optimal management. Synthetic herbicides are not allowed in organic farming.
Type of Practice Tool:Practice abstracts
Keywords:Weed control, plant protection, yield stability
Agrovoc keywords:
weed control
plant protection
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/45989, https://biofruitnet.eu
Project ID:ofk
Deposited By: Basler, Andreas
ID Code:45989
Deposited On:25 Apr 2023 15:07
Last Modified:25 Apr 2023 15:07
Document Language:English

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