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The danish Organic Research, Development and Demonstration Programme, RDD 2, runs from 2014-2018.

 

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DARCOF III project:

Control of weeds
in organic cropping

 

Project background


Project leaflet (uk)

Project leaflet (dk)

 


Objective

 

- to develop new, rational weed control methods and strategies against:

1) common couch-grass, creeping thistle, curled docks and coltsfoot;


2) intra-row weeds in high value crops.

And to analyse the applicability of the new achievements in a wider cropping context.

 

 


Preliminary results

The results are expected to improve the control of perennial weeds and to lower the need for hand-weeding in row crops. Both perennials and intra-row weeds are the main weed problems in today’s organic cropping.


Perennial weeds
Perennial weed species pass a growth stage at which they are most vulnerable to growth disturbances, and for creeping thistle this stage appears to be around the 8-10 true leave stage. WEEDS seeks utilizing this knowledge for making better weed control strategies against thistles. Coltsfoot is also included in the work but a clarification of its vulnerability remains to be seen.

Rhizomes of common couch-grass and taproots of curled dock can be uprooted and completely exposed due to their rather superficial placement in the soil. Rotating tools under development in WEEDS have demonstrated some potential in this regard and the project aims at finding appropriate methods to remove, destruct or compose the exposed rhizomes and taproots.


Intra-row weeds

Computer science and technologies are expected to make robotic weeding in transplanted row crops likely in a few years time. WEEDS seeks to develop an operational robotic intra-row weeding technology for transplanted and punch planted row crops.

Preliminary results in WEEDS with punch planting combined with a stale seed bed technique have already demonstrated a great potential to reduce intra-row weed emergence whereby time consumption for hand weeding is also reduced. 

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Project leader


Bo Melander,
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences,
University of Aarhus,
Research Centre Flakkebjerg,
DK-4200 Slagelse
Phone: 89 99 35 00
E-mail: bo.melander@agrsci.dk



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