Inter-row cultivation is an effective way to provide a leg up to the soybean crop in the spring while improving soil health and crop yield. The Legumes Translated Practice Note 'Inter-row cultivation - Mechanical control of weeds in soybean crops’ draws on research from project partners at the Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops (IFVCNS) in Novi Sad, Serbia. The Institute is responsible for the Legumes Translated actor group Soybean Cultivation Group in South-Eastern Europe.
Inter-row spacing before cultivation (left) suffer from weed pressure. Inter-row spacing after cultivation (right). Photo: IFVCNS Soybean Department.
Inter-row cultivation has the potential to reduce weed pressure, water evaporation, and break the soil crust, while improving soil aeration, increasing microorganism activity, including nitrogen-fixing bacteria on the soybean roots, which generates increased biological nitrogen fixation. Through proper application of inter-row cultivation, farmers could realize an increase of 5 – 7% in soybean yield.
The effects of, and methods for, inter-row cultivation in soybean crops can be read about in the Practice Note, which is available for download below.
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Marjana Vasiljević, Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops IFVCNS, Novi Sad, Serbia, marjana.vasiljevic(at)nsseme.com