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Zap Weeds As You Cultivate
"We think it has important advantages over recirculating sprayers, or those rope-wick or carpet type sprayers that brush herbicides onto tall growing weeds," says Bruce Stout, sales manager for Easy Hoe, manufacturer of a new-style sprayer designed to zap volunteer corn and other tall growing weeds in soybeans and other row crops as you cultivate.
For soybeans, Stout recommends that the Easy Hoe sprayer be used to apply Basagran over the rows during the first cultivation.
For the second cultivation, replace Basagran with Roundup and set the Easy Hoe for selective spraying whereby individual row sprayers are activated by tall growing weeds themselves. A T-bar above each row, when it hits a tall weed, triggers the nozzle which immediately shoots out a shot of spray to zap the weed. With this setup, the cultivator cuts out weeds between the row and the Easy Hoe gets weeds, including volunteer corn, in the row.
If tall growing weeds emerge after the last or "layby" cultivation, you can make a separate trip over the crop to selectively spray the "escapes" with the Easy spray, which delivers a shot of spray only when the T-bar for each row is activated by a weed.
Cost for equipping your cultivator with the Eisy Hoe is right at $225 per row, including shanks, individual row units, wiring harness, hose, nozzles and fittings, but not including the pump, regulator or spray tank. An optional attachment for spraying fence rows as you cultivate is also available.
For more details, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Easy Hoe, 305 Alton Way, Calvinville, Ill. 62626 (ph 217 854-4032).

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