Sam draws on his experience on farms, a visit to Europe to learn about and evaluate precision weed-control tools, and his work in his experimental plots to provide insight into more than just the cool tools that make weed control work. We look at the foundations of mechanical weed control, starting with soil preparation and seeding the crop through blind cultivation, flame weeding, tool carriers, and selecting the right tools for between-row and in-row weed control.
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Quotes from the Show
You might have the right tool, but if you're not giving yourself enough time to use it right and using in the correct manner on the right tractor at the right speed, you can’t expect it to work well.
I can't just pop these tools in the field and expect them to work. I need to have a perfect seedbed. I need to have healthy plants. I need to have that size differential and to really concentrate on those basics.
Sam and I mentioned several previous guests on the Farmer to Farmer Podcast:
While the tool itself is not available for sale in the US, you can buyplans for the four-wheeled wheel hoe that Sam and I discussed.
Sutton Ag supplies finger weeders, sweeps, and other weeding tools.
Kult-Kress is another source for finger weeders and other cultivation elements.
The Buddingh Basket Weeder and Finger Weeder are some of the original ground-driven weed control tools,
first developed in the 1950s. Quick reminder – order these well in advance of when you need them!
Bezzerides Brothers provides torsion weeders, spring hoes, Spyder Weeders, and a variety of other weeding tools.
We briefly mentioned the Williams Tool System, a rear-mounted cultivator that combines a blind cultivator with knives and sweeps.
Sam is working with European associates to import parallel linkages and other weeding tools so that farmers do not need to scour craigslist for sixty year old equipment – at progressweedingtools.com .
Sam provided a couple additional resources:
- A good basic article on mechanical cultivation, including Dr. Charles Mohler’s Principles of Mechanical Weeding.
- A comprehensive resource on organic weed control by Dr. Charles Merfield, including a description of tools and tailoring your tillage and field work to attach your problem weeds; and
- A great article on creating stale seed beds, also, by Charles Merfield.
- Sam talked about the upcoming Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day, on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.
- And if you can’t make it to the field day, you’ll find videos from the field day and more at the MSU Mechanical Weed Control YouTube channel.