Electricides Considered as Weed-Management Option
Challenges such as herbicide resistance and pesticide litigation are motivating farmers to consider electricides for weed management, reports Farm Journal. The Lasco Lightning Weeder was developed in 1979, and some are still available for rent or sale. The right-holder intends to restart manufacture of the equipment. Meanwhile, a new company based in the UK, RootWave, is utilizing digital-age technology for visual recognition of weeds in real time. When weeds are spotted, RootWave makes contact to deliver a 5-kilovolt jolt of electricity with no soil disturbance. The company aims for market entry in 2020.