Project objectives from proposal:
The goal of this project is to adapt the Cornell research on semi-dwarf systems to the more intensive high density systems and measure the impact of 6 ground cover treatments between trees and up to 14 herbicide strategies on tree growth, tree health, and soil health.
Performance target 1: Weed Control in row
Apply 14 herbicide treatments (3 replicates) in newly established and 1-yr planting.
Performance target 2: Ground cover between rows
Plant 3 replicates of 6 ground cover treatments in newly established and 1-year planting.
Performance target 3: Evaluation.
Evaluate weed control in tree row.
Evalutate ground cover treatments between rows.
Measure tree caliper growth to compare differences in treatments.
Measure soil health parameters.