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Mechanical Weed Control

CFS specializes in both the fertility of your organic acres, as well as customized mechanical weed control applications. 

As far as overall soil health management is concerned, the use of mechanical weed control implements offers significant advantage when compared to other, no till styles of organic farming. Even in the case of using cover crops for organic farming, the use of mechanical implements for weed control is highly effective and each piece plays a valuable role on the farm.

For organic farmers, mechanical weed control implements include:

  • Tine Weeders
  • Rotary Hoes
  • Cultivators
  • Flame Weeders
  • Weed Zappers

What Is Mechanical Weed Control?

Mechanical weed control involves the use of man-made implements to remove or control weeds, rather than the use of herbicides sprayed on crops or farmland. 

For organic farmers, or those transitioning to organic farming, learning how to use the mechanical weed control options available to you is critical to your success in the field.

Types of Mechanical Weed Control Implements

Tine Weeders

Tine weeders are one of the most popular methods of organic weed control for good reason. Their customization features (specifically those on the Einbock Aerostar and Aerostar Exact) offer a wide variety of applications in both pre and post emergence scenarios. 

We’re testing Einbock vs Hatzenbichler this spring and excited to share the results with our farmers. 

Rotary Hoes

A rotary hoe for weed control? The rotary hoe is another trusted piece of weed control equipment for organic farmers.

Cultivators

The row crop cultivator is as old as the books themselves when it comes to weed control and trusted methods to get it done right.

Cultivator Camera Guidance

Cultivator Camera Guidance systems are a relatively new form of mechanical weed control. While technically, they do not remove weeds themselves, they help dramatically with the overall process of cultivating. 

The benefits of a camera guidance system are substantial and they pay for themselves in the first year. 

  • Maximum weed control by allowing cultivator shovels to get closer to the row 
  • Enables the use of cultivator finger weeders for in row weed removal
  • Decreases the amount of time spent cultivating per acre, increasing the overall amount of cultivation a farmer is able to do

Cultivator Finger Weeders

Adding finger weeders to your cultivator system is highly beneficial as it maximizes the overall weed reduction by attacking weeds in the actual plant row itself. 

Best paired with a camera guidance system, finger weeders are a game changer for organic farmers. 

Weed Zappers

A weed zapper system kills weeds through the use of electricity above the plant itself. Weed Zappers are an excellent form of mechanical weed control, however they’re best used as a band-aid solution to a weed problem that has gotten out of control. 

Flame Weeders

Flame weeders use propane and a live flame to burn weeds in the plant row. Most often, they’re used in corn. Flame weeders allow organic farmers to permanently kill weeds, while their crop is alive, without damaging the crop itself. 

This is largely due to the resilience of corn in it’s early growth stages. 

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