On June 14 in Olite (Edificio EVENA), two Italian companies presented innovative machines in vineyards. The conference was attended by 50 people from farmers and technicians interested in field testing how the two new machines were working.
The conference fulfilled one of the main objectives of the European project LIFE AGROintegra in the demonstration of sustainable alternatives to chemical control in crop protection in Europe, a project led by the Government of Navarre and whose technical direction is the responsibility of INTIA.
The conference presented by Ana Sagües, a technician specialized in viticulture from the Government of Navarre, began in the assembly hall of the EVENA building. The first company to present its machine was Mingozzi Group. Technician Marco Mingozzi showed the characteristics of the "Weed Impact Burner".
This machine is used to destroy both weeds in the vine growing line and regrowth of vines. It is used at a speed of about 3 to 5 km/hour and in this way does not damage the drippers in the case of vines with drip irrigation. If the ground is stony, there's no problem either. This burner is also being used in other crops such as fruit trees, olive tree, Kiwi (heat kills a bacterium that persists in the wood pruning) and asparagus.La segunda máquina presentada fue el “Túnel de pulverización Bertoni”. Con este pulverizador en túnel se pueden recuperar eficazmente los fitosanitarios no absorbidos por la vegetación, evitando las derivas y con una óptima pulverización. El fundador de la empresa Sergio Bertoni, junto a su hijo Roberto, presentaron las características de la maquina, la cual ha recibido algunos premios europeos por su contribución a la reducción de químicos y a un menor impacto medioambiental.
Afterwards, all the attendees moved to the experimental farm of "Baretón", in transformation to the GIP model within the framework of AGROintegra, to see the demonstration in the vineyard of the operation of the two machines. The effect of the burners on the weeds in the vineyard lines and with the Bertoni tunnel was verified by means of the hydrosensitive papers, as well as the quality of the spraying in the leaf wetting.
Several questions were asked to the technicians responsible for the machinery and around 1 p. m., the successful day ended.