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The integration of autochthon arable field plants and the corncockle into flower strips for organic farming

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van Elsen, T.; Hotze, C.
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Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection
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On the organic Hessian State Domain Frankenhausen near Kassel the weed flora has declined because of intensive conventional farming (production of grains and sugar beets) before. Within the project "The integration of nature conservation aims into organic farming" different measures to increase biodiversity on fields are carried out. One of the aims is to enrich the fields with arable field plants that do not exist on the farmland anymore. Seeds of several plant species were collected and were integrated into a field-flower strip management including the rare corncockle (Agrostemma githago).
First experiences with the field trials, different combinations of species and suppressing effects on the soil borne weed flora are reported. The corncockle is difficult to handle when a field-flower strip is followed by winter annual grains, whereas no problems appear if carrots, beets or field fodder follows within the crop rotation. Comparing the abundance of five common weeds in flied-flower strips and the inner parts of the field right beside different results for to the different species were observed.

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