International Sugar Journal

Mechanical weed control in sugar beet – experiences and outlook [Full subscriber]

Abstract Efficient weed control is pre-requisite for high sugar beet yields. Weed control in the EU is achieved by a combination of herbicide applications of two to six times.  Due to increasing demand for a lower input of agrochemicals and the ban on important active ingredients, the interest in mechanical weeding in sugar beet production is growing. Various developments inform the effectiveness with respect to the efficacy of mechanical weeding, the accuracy of hoeing, and the rate at which a field is weeded. The coupling of band sprayer and hoe has high efficacy for weed control and reduction in herbicide…

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