Spatial and temporal stability of weed patches in cereal fields under direct drilling and harrow tillage
PublisherMultidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
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The adoption of conservation agriculture (CA) techniques by farmers is changing the dynamics of weed communities in cereal fields and so potentially their spatial distribution. These changes can challenge the use of site-specific weed control, which is based on the accurate location of weed patches for spraying. We studied the effect of two types of CA (direct drilling and harrow-tilled to 20 cm) on weed patches in a three-year survey in four direct-drilled and three harrow-tilled commercial fields in Catalonia (North-eastern Spain). The area of the ground covered by weeds (hereafter called “weed cover”) was estimated at 96 to 122 points measured in each year in each field, in 50 cm × 50 cm quadrats placed in a 10 m × 10 m grid in spring. Bromus diandrus, Lolium rigidum, and Papaver rhoeas were the main weed species.
CitationIzquierdo, J. [et al.]. Spatial and temporal stability of weed patches in cereal fields under direct drilling and harrow tillage. "Agronomy", 1 Gener 2020, vol. 10, núm. 452, p. 1-20.