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Integrated weed management in winter cereals - mechanical weed control - CE0615

The DESSAC initiative aims to produce a Decision Support system (DSS) for the arable industry; to improve the transfer of new understanding and information from research to practice. The Winter Wheat Fungicide module aims to rationalise the use of fungicides and improve the economic efficiency of winter wheat production – in line with MAFF policy objectives.

The national impact of DESSAC depends on the extent of uptake, and the relationships between costs and benefits of system use. Uptake in turn depends on the benefits perceived by potential users and the extent to which the industry can gain confidence in the technical probity of the system. This proposal covers both the usability of the final system and its technical probity. Performance data and system improvements will be generated, to maximise uptake and impact of the DSS on pesticide use and economic efficiency, and minimise risk. The research described here will be linked to HGCA and Government funded technology transfer initiatives, and supported by validation site/s in Scotland, funded by SOAEFD
To provide revised, rational and cost-effective strategies for the control of grass and broad-leaved weeds in winter cereals, leading to the reduced use of herbicides.

Develop an experimental hoe utilising ADAS research (CE0606) on the type of mechanical damage required to kill weeds and a programme of theoretical and experimental work.

Assess the limitations of existing image analysis guidance algorithms applied to cereal crops.

Develop strategies for improving the range of operating conditions and the robustness with which automatically guided operations can be conducted in cereal crops.

Evaluate jointly with ADAS the performance of the experimental hoe as part of an integrated approach to mechanical and chemical weed control.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Integrated weed management in winter cereals - mechanical weed control   (327k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1997

To: 2001

Cost: £278,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Silsoe Research Institute (BBSRC)
Arable Farming              
Cereal Production              
Sustainable Production              
Weed Control              
Fields of Study
Arable Crops