ORCHARD PERFORMANCE OF APPLE WORSENS AS WEED COMPETITION INCREASES: A LONG-TERM FIELD STUDY UNDER MEDITERRANEAN CONDITIONS

Ersin Atay, Seckin Gargin, Ahmet Esitken, Ayse Nilgun Atay, Mesut Altindal, Meltem Emre
2017 Acta Scientiarum Polonorum Hortorum Cultus  
Crop-weed competition (CWC) for water and nutrients can negatively affect orchard performance, especially in high-density apple orchards. With this study, we compared the effects of three CWC levels: Weak, Moderate, and Strong for the orchard performance of apple in the Mediterranean area. The study was conducted at a 'Golden Delicious'/M.9 orchard in a high-density formation (3.5 × 1 m spacing). Cumulative yield was greatest in Weak-CWC, and it decreased as CWC increased. Overall, Weak-CWC
more » ... erall, Weak-CWC performed remarkable results for successful apple production under Mediterranean conditions.
doi:10.24326/asphc.2017.5.2 fatcat:qf4efckj35hkvpgfxykbkyby6u