A new deliverable on line: First list of tested IPM solutions which improve the sustainability of maize based systems

Monday, January 28, 2013

This deliverable describes experiments, assessments and first results in three regions from European maize cultivation areas that represent the range of various geographic, climatic and cultivation types :

- Southern conditions (Po Valley in Northern Italy and southern France);

- Eastern conditions (eastern Hungary and eastern Slovenia);

- Central conditions (southern Germany and The Netherlands).

Similar on-station experiments focused on grain maize are being carried out in Italy, Hungary and France. For all locations, rotation is the key element of the systems tested. A multi-pest approach has been followed.

In France a different crop sequence was adopted with only maize in the conventional or current system, and maize and soybean in the advanced and innovative systems. Crop rotation is more complex in Italy and Hungary, including soybean, winter wheat and cover crops.

The locations also differ by the targeted pests, e.g. south-west of France is not affected by Diabrotica. Weed management strategies vary according to the weed pressure on each location, with a combination of chemical treatment and mechanical weeding.

Results are shown through assessments of sustainability (overall, economic, environmental, social), on-station and on-farm experiments in the various regions.

This deliverable is available at http://www.pure-ipm.eu/node/285

All the PURE deliverables are available at http://www.pure-ipm.eu/publication/35

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/ 2007-2013) under the grant agreement n°265865- PURE