The maintenance of the tree strips aims to reduce competition for water and nutrients from weeds, as well as minimize mice damages. For this purpose, fruit growers mainly used foliar and soil herbicides. However, the use of herbicides is coming under increasing pressure, because only a small selection of herbicides is still available. The control and approval authorities are tightening the rules for the use of herbicides or banning them. The use of glyphosate in particular is controversial and is being questioned. In the past 16 years, the number of active ingredients has commonly used has fallen by 37%.
The transition towards herbicide-free fruit crops in the EU is already in full swing. Especially for growers, it is becoming increasingly difficult to estimate which herbicides can still be used in the future. Read more in the full content below: