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Ribbon planting as an option to reduce chemicals

Ribbon planting as an option to reduce chemicals

At AIKC Rusthoeve in Colijnsplaat (Zld.) There is a test of strip cultivation on 4.5 ha. Increasing biodiversity can reduce pesticide use.

To get a good picture of the added value of tape planting, this experience is multi-year. Here is the test as it was last year.

If the opportunity presents itself, the strips can also be used in machine offerings such as the Steketee camera-controlled weeding machine that was used on beet strips last year.

This year’s planting plan is slightly different from last year. Now the strips are shifted for each block of 6 and 12 meters. Last year the plot was split in two. Part with strips of 12 meters and part with strips of 6 meters.

The streaks extend from light to heavier soils. This also gives an impression of whether the soil composition influences the interaction between crops. Here is a freshly planted carrot bar.

Potato is one of the last crops to enter the earth. In addition to potatoes, there are slices of winter wheat, onions, sugar beets, carrots, and slices with a mixed crop of beans and wheat.

Slices with beans and wheat make up a partial test. This co-cultivation may provide an alternative as animal feed in place of soybeans. Proceeds from this crop go to farms in the area where the quality and quantity of forage is tested.