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    Hot way to control weeds

    I don't necessarily want one of these but it would be fun to run one, unless I burned the field down or touched the electrode.

    Old Sparky: Could Electricity Be Farming’s New Weed Killer? | Agweb.com


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    Quote Originally Posted by Treefarmer View Post
    I don't necessarily want one of these but it would be fun to run one, unless I burned the field down or touched the electrode.

    Old Sparky: Could Electricity Be Farming’s New Weed Killer? | Agweb.com


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    Interesting concept, but scary as heck with 15,000 volts dancing around.

    Seems to be a decent amount of current to boot!
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    That can put some illegals out of work...… costs $50 per acre to operate as opposed to paying labor of $100 per acre...


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    Attractive to organic growers

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    That can put some illegals out of work...… costs $50 per acre to operate as opposed to paying labor of $100 per acre...


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    I could see organic growers being very interested. There might be some real risks involved but pulling weeds in a hot field isn't much fun.

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    Now that's pretty cool.
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    I was at a farm conference in December. They had booths and one of them had Lp weed burners under a shield. I wondered about residue issues with that as well.
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    Looks like it would work for row crops, but not for hay.
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    I could see this as having a decent effect on annual weeds but perennial nuisance fescues and broadleaf I think those would just laugh at and quickly come back.

    I occasionally do weed control in my gardens with a tool called a weed dragon and you it works great on annual. Just heat it enough to get the leaves to wilt and they are dead. Perrennial weeds especially grasses it just knocks them back for maybe a week or so but come the first good rain they will start to green back up.
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    Weed control

    Not being familiar with the process but just thinking out of the box here, if visual recognition is the key to killing the weeds wouldn't it be possible to forgo the electrics and just use the chemical weed killer via an injector triggered by a pressurized solenoid, similar to the ones in vehicle engines for fuel. No generator needed.

    I'm thinking that it would save a considerable amount of chemical if the whole crop was normally sprayed instead of just the weeds.

    We'd have to be sure to avoid the marijuana plants of course.

    Disclaimer: I am not a farmer so go easy on me.
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    Back in the day, 25 years ago or so, a neighbor was sick of draining the accounts of cash due to the high cost of pesticides for spraying his spuds. I am sure he didn't come up with the idea on his own, but he for sure built his his own beetle burner monster! What started out as a cultivator lost its tines, and lots of plumbing and burners were added, and the saddle tanks taken off of the tractor and replaced with LP tanks. Burned the beetles right off the plant, and the plant bounced back quick! Bottom line, I like the enginerding and thinking out of the box!
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