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Herbicide Insights: Weed Zapper

Published on Friday, November 5, 2021

Battling herbicide resistant weeds or weed escapes? Here’s an option of non-chemical weed management to look at! Ben Wiegmann, Beck’s Hybrids Field Sales Agronomist, reviews an alternative form of weed management in soybean systems – the Weed Zapper™. For effective weed control with the Weed Zapper, contact must be made with the main stem of the targeted weed, above the soybean crop canopy. The Weed Zapper electrocutes the targeted weeds to kill them.

In this 2021 Herbicide Insight Study, the Weed Zapper is used in non-GMO soybean systems and organic soybean systems. In the non-GMO soybean systems, the Weed Zapper is also tested with forms of chemical weed control. In the organic soybean systems, a row crop cultivator form of weed control is coupled with using the Weed Zapper.

 

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