Thursday, 10 October 2019
1pm - 4pm
The Harewood End Inn
- 13:00 Welcome and complimentary sandwich lunch at Harewood End Inn
- 13.30 Introduction to Innovative Farmers and the Electrical Weeding Trial to date
- 14.00 Travel from Harewood End Inn to Windmill Hill Farm
- 14.15 Visit trial site including a demonstration of the latest electrical weeder prototype.
- 16.00 Close
Please note that the farm visit will involve uneven ground, please let us know if you have any specific access requirements in advance.
The aim of this field lab is to test whether Ubiqutek's Rootwave electrical weeding technology can be developed to provide a practical solution for fruit growers by addressing the three main concerns of using electrical technology in this environment:
- Long-term efficacy of weed control
- Speed of weed control
- Cost will be addressed as part of the EAFRD project by undertaking a desk study comparing alternative weed control methods.
Bush and cane fruit producers face pressure to find effective non-chemical alternatives for weed control. In conventional production, herbicides are coming under increasing pressure due to:
- resistance developing in weeds and
- regulators and organisations restricting or banning the use of herbicides, given health and environmental concerns.
In organic production weeding is labour intensive and increasingly expensive, both due to Brexit and the introduction of the living wage. Electronic weeding was one of the treatments tested as part of the Controlling Creeping Thistle field lab. It proved effective in killing the thistles but the hand-held weeding device proved slow and impractical to use on thistles in a cropped field situation. A tractor driven device or some sort of robot mounted device capable of moving at normal speeds in field situations is required if uptake of this innovation is to be widespread in fruit, arable or grassland settings. Find out more.
This field lab is part of a European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) funded project to evaluate the potential of Ubiqutek’s non-chemical technology to control weeds using electricity.
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About Innovative Farmers
Innovative Farmers is a not for profit network, giving farmers research support and funding on their own terms. Through trialling, testing and hands-on research, we’re helping farmers find lasting solutions to practical problems. The network is part of the Duchy Future Farming Programme, funded by the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation. Innovative Farmers is backed by a team from LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming), Innovation for Agriculture, the Organic Research Centre and led by the Soil Association, supported by Waitrose.