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Mechanical weed control in organic orchards: Roll hoes (BIOFRUITNET Practice Abstract)

{Tool} Mechanical weed control in organic orchards: Roll hoes (BIOFRUITNET Practice Abstract). Creator(s): Oeser, Niklas. Issuing Organisation(s): FÖKO - Fördergemeinschaft Ökologischer Obstbau. Biofruitnet Practice Abstract, no. 047. (2023)

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The weeds are regulated with a high area performance when using a simple, maintenance-extensive technique. Mounding of the soil in the center of the tree strip is possible.
Practical recommendations
• Roll hoes are passively driven device, without an additional oil drive; the device is moved by the ground resistance and via the tractors’ driving movement.
• The number of discs/hoes can be varied, and thus adapted to the width of the tree strip (usually 4-6).
• The set inclination angle of the discs regulates how much soil is thrown into the center of the tree strip.
• The device can be used all year round, preferably in dry weather; several passes per year are necessary.
The device reaches their limit in heavy, wet soils.
• Weeds should not exceed a certain density or growth height (~30 cm).
• Due to the comparatively high driving speed (5-8 km/h), a high area performance can be achieved; a straight, even tree stand is advantageous.
• Disadvantage of the device: The inter-trunk area is not treated; by the additional use of a finger hoe, the inter-trunk area can be processed, as well.

EPrint Type:Practice tool
What problem does the tool address?:In organic orchards, weed control is very important, as herbicides are not allowed and the sole use of superficial mowing of the undergrowth is not sufficient, especially in spring with young & weakly growing trees.
What solution does the tool offer?:The roll hoe works efficiently on weeds in the tree strip with 4-6 vertically parallel star-shaped hoes. In addition, it crumbles the soil while being a comparably cheap and robust device.
Type of Practice Tool:Practice abstracts
Keywords:Plant protection, pest control, biological pest control
Agrovoc keywords:
plant protection
pest control
biological pest control
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/45990, https://biofruitnet.eu, https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/45940, https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/45986, https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/45988, https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/45941, https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/45989
Project ID:ofk
Deposited By: Basler, Andreas
ID Code:45990
Deposited On:25 Apr 2023 15:11
Last Modified:25 Apr 2023 15:11
Document Language:English

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