Last year (2019) trials have shown the Non treated control (weeds mowed regularly in the season) underperformed significantly when compared to the two mechanical weeders and herbicide treatments with a reduction by 20-30% in leaf area and Nutritional Balance Index. This results in a 30-40% decrease in the number of inflorescences this year, highlighting the importance of weed control to reduce competition for water and nutrients, even in our relatively wet climate.
Located in East Malling, the centre was established by horticultural research institute NIAB EMR, and AHDB’s funding will contribute to its further development and the running of the centre.
AHDB knowledge exchange manager Scott Raffle said: “This new Plum Demonstration Centre offers growers the opportunity to see the results of a number of research projects in practice, such as soil management, weed control, organic mulches, SWD [spotted wing drosophila] control and earwig-safe spray programmes.
Demonstrations of Weed management solutions are going to be carried in the PDC in October 2019, putting the IWM PRAISE project findings into practice.
Opened at the occasion of Fruit Focus 2019, the Plum demonstration centre will showcase the efficacy of weed control technologies and its effect on crop performance.
The first results of the IWM PRAISE project are going to be presented at the Industry trade show Fruit Focus , on the 17th of July at NIAB EMR. We will hold demonstrations of mechanical weeders and the imaging technologies used to measure the effects of weed control on grapevine growth.
More info at: http://www.fruitfocus.co.uk/
NIAB EMR’s team has started the treatments in our research vineyard. We have used the Clemens “Rollhacke” serrated disk, one of the solutions assessed in the IWMPRAISE project.
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Fruit Focus, the leading technical event for the fruit industry, took place on 25 July 2018 at NIAB EMR, East Malling, Kent. Amongst the ever popular NIAB EMR research tours, Dr Julien Lecourt showcased new additions to the R&D vineyard including trellis system accessories, frost protection and fertigation systems, and the planting of an extension for weed control research as part of the IWM PRAISE European Union Horizon 2020 project. It was announced that German company Clemens GmbH (CLEMENS Technologies) has also joined the project, providing a range of mechanical weeding technologies for vineyards and orchards, with the equipment being used in the research conducted by the team at NIAB EMR.
Image: Johannes Krütten (Clemens GmbH) and Dr Julien Lecourt (NIAB EMR). All credits NIAB EMR
The leading fruit industry event fruit focus 2018 has taken place at East Malling, Kent. It comprised tours of the vineyard, led by Dr Julien Lecourt who focused his talk on the IWM PRAISE project.
Julien presented the aim of the project and the experimental plan we are going to follow in the next years. The talk has been followed by demonstration of mechanical weeders by Clemens GmbH. The 2018 Chardonnay planting, dedicated to the studies for the IWM PRAISE project has been presented and Julien discussed the importance of weed management in young vineyards and orchards. A video showing the different weeding technologies -in operation- used in the project will be uploaded on this webpage in the next weeks.
Tours and demonstrations have caught the interest of the public -including fruit growers and vineyard managers- with the promise to discuss the first results at the next Fruit Focus. “Rendez-vous” in summer 2019!