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Shocking weeds?
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OW    Posted 06-09-2001 at 13:19:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
I saw a strange rig the other day - towed behind a tractor, it was "cultivating" beans. Had a big noisy auxiliary motor and some "wings" with pipes suspended from them, and every so often, there was a big shower of sparks from the bars. Instead of tilling up weeds, the thing was zapping them! Right down into the roots! Supposed to cut cultivation in half while "activating" the crop without disturbing the soil. Anybody else heard about these?

Burrhead    Posted 06-09-2001 at 13:46:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have'nt seen them used as weed zappers but Texas A&M used a low voltage shock on soybeans as they ferilized them a few years back.

I did'nt keep up with what they found out, but supposedly it makes the crop absorb liquid fertilizers better.

Okie-Dokie    Posted 06-09-2001 at 16:35:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I read an article in Successfull Farming Mag. a while back, but don't remember exactly what they said. They have a web site called
You may be able to search thier archives.

Burrhead    Posted 06-09-2001 at 17:00:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
I saw in the Progressive farmer where some feller in Ark or Okla built a portable steam jenny with a 500 gal tank and burns the weeds to death. I got all the junk laying around to build one but I don't know how he regulates the boiler. It runs the burner on #2 fuel

He did'nt put any plans for it in the article so I guess he sells them. I would like to try the steam killer cause I can use it around the shop and kill weeds too, plus that the boiling water would have to be alot cheaper than 2-4-D and Grazon.

Franz    Posted 06-09-2001 at 20:27:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Bunch of Ecofreaks up here in Neuavo Hillarea got on DOT about spraying weed killer on roadsides, so they been experimentin with hot water. Seems they spray 180 degree plus water onto the weeds, and drag a canvas apron behind the spray boom to keep the heat in. Supposedly it drops the weeds dead in their tracks, and kills off any germinating seeds to boot. I think some outfit was doing it at Empire Farm Days a couple years back too. Dont seem all that complecated, especially if some yuppy is throwin out some carpet to use for the apron.

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