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Current achievements and future directions of physical weed control in Europe

Melander, Bo (2006) Current achievements and future directions of physical weed control in Europe. Paper at: AFPP 3rd International conference on non-chemical crop protection methods, Lille, France, 13, 14 and 15 March 2006.

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This paper reviews major results achieved with physical weed control methods and strategies especially adapted for horticultural and agricultural crops. Mechanical methods, such as weed harrowing and inter-row hoeing, have provided promising results in cereals, pulse and oil seed rape, particularly when they are part of a strategy that also involves cultural methods such as fertiliser placement or crop seed vigour. In row crops, intra-row weeds constitute a major challenge, and research has mainly aimed at replacing laborious hand weeding with mechanization. A number of investigations have focussed on optimising the use of thermal and mechanical methods against intra-row weeds. And new methods are now under investigation such as robotic weeding for row crops with abundant spacing between individual plants and band-steaming for row crops developing dense crop stands.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Mechanical control, thermal control, intelligent weeding, strategies, non-chemical
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Weed management
Research affiliation: Denmark > DARCOF II (2000-2005) > I. 9 (BANHEAT) Band heating for intra-row weed control
Deposited By: Melander, Senior Sci Bo
ID Code:9998
Deposited On:17 Nov 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:34
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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