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Summerfruit under-canopy planting

Summerfruit under-canopy planting

Project Group: Summerfruit NZ

Status: In Progress

Timeline: Oct, 2022 - Sep, 2024

Last Updated: 10/08/2023

This project established understory planting in summerfruit orchards to enhance orchard biodiversity and examine whether associated co-benefits from these plantings can be realised. These benefits include weed management, leading to fewer herbicide applications, and improved botrytis disease control by planting and covering bare ground. Improvement to soil health is also expected, through the rootzone activity of these plantings and the incorporation of additional organic matter back into the soil.

Read an article about this project here.

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