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Update On Using Natural Ingredients To Control Weeds
I remember reading some years ago in FARM SHOW about a farmer who was using a special concoction of natural ingredients to control weeds. He claimed his low-cost mixture kept his fields as clean as herbicides with none of the negative side effects. What ever became of him and his special weed-killing recipe? (Dennis Brown, 289 Co. Rd., 550N, Neoga, Il. 62447; dbrown@rr1.com).

Editor's note: Herbert Nordeen of Clayton, Wis., is the farmer you're thinking of (Vol. 15, No. 3). He used a recipe he found in a 1923 edition of the Old Farmer's Almanac that consisted of vinegar, mustard oil and apple cider. At the time, he hoped to bring his weed killer to the market.
We checked with Nordeen recently to see whatever happened to his promising product. He said he still uses it on his own farm but he's given up hope of ever getting an EPA permit to market the stuff in the U.S., even though he received a patent for the product in 1994. Instead, he's hoping to market it in Europe and Australia and expects the product to be used in Russia, Germany and France on an experimental basis for the first time next year. Since he can't market the concoction in the U.S., he requests no letters or phone calls about the product.

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