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Rootwave “Shocker” Boils Weeds
“The concept of electric weed zappers has been around since the early 1890’s when railroads developed the idea. But they catch on,” says Andrew Diprose of RootWave. “The timing is right for this idea now because of chemical resistant weeds and more restrictive use of herbicides. Our product is ideal for organic food production and landscape management.”
Rootwave technology uses 5 to 10 kilovolts of electricity to efficiently kill targeted weeds. The company produces a hand-held weeder for landscape and gardening professionals and is working on a tractor-powered machine for orchards and row crop producers.
“The best way to understand how our product works is to envision the weed and its roots as a light bulb,” says Disprose. “When an electric shock is applied at the surface, RootWave’s electricide technology turns energy into heat, boiling weeds from the inside out, from the roots up. This electric shock applied to the top and crown of the plant kills the weeds and they naturally decompose in the soil.”
RootWave Pro is a hand held weeder powered by a generator that’s easily hauled by compact utility vehicles to access difficult to reach locations. The current is applied to the growing weed through a hand held wand with on/off and variable power controls. Interchangeable electrodes size the wand for different weed species.
Diprose says RootWave is a sustainable, safe and chemical-free way to kill weeds that doesn’t leave any chemical residue. The company is partnering with machinery manufacturer Steketee to produce a visual recognition system so their crop machine will automatically recognize and treat problem weeds in high value crops.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, RootWave, 8 Brook Business Park, Brookhampton Lane, Kineton, Warwikshire CV35 OJA England (ph 011 44 1926 800789; www.rootwave.com).

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2020 - Volume #44, Issue #4