Research need from Focus Group: Intelligent intra-row weeding technologies to operate in direct-sown row crops
non-chemical weed control
Plant production and horticulture
This is the problem:
This need for research has been identified in FG 32 on “Non-chemical weed management”. If you want to know more about it, check the final report of the Focus Group.
There is a general consensus in the industry, among advisory bodies and in the research community that the adaptation of intelligent intra-row weeding technologies to operate in direct-sown row crops and not just in transplanted ones, would constitute a major step forward.
Several issues need to be resolved. For example, there is a trade-off between reducing the operational distance between the weeding tool and the crop and the yield benefits associated with weeding a greater area of the soil’s surface. There are also trade-offs with the management of soil organic matter. As robotic hoes and flame weeders are developed to function in direct-sown crops, it will be essential to quantify their efficacy and the likely damage to the crop at different growth stages, for different frequencies of weeding, and at different working distances from the crop plants.