Inter-row weeding is indispensable for organic farming; however, it is not widely used in Québec for narrow-row crops. With the development of a narrow-row crop weed control strategy, along with early passes of the rotary hoe and tined weeder, farmers would be able to intervene later in the crop cycle and achieve greater control of larger weeds.
The use of a guidance system (e.g., camera or GPS) for very narrow rows could yield greater accuracy at higher speeds. Narrow-row crop weeding will be studied in four experiments conducted on three crops, i.e., green beans, peas, and soybeans. The experiments will take place over three years at the Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville Organic Agriculture Innovation Platform.
From 2019 to 2023
Field crops, Market gardening
Pest, weed, and disease control, Organic farming
IRDA is working to make mechanical weed control a cost-effective alternative to herbicides.
Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec
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