2023 - Volume #47, Issue #1, Page #17[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Combine-Mounted Weed Seed Controller
“A large part of our effort in recent years has been adapting the SCU to more brands,” says Trevor Thiessen, Redekop Manufacturing. “Each version is slightly different. At the same time, we are fine-tuning the design to improve durability and serviceability.”
Another area getting a lot of attention from the company is partnering with weed science researchers at major universities.
“We are working with a research group of 35 different universities,” says Thiessen. “We had our SCU units on 15 or 16 of their farms this past cropping season. We’re seeing control of pigweed and ragweed with high rates of efficacy.”
One of the challenges with harvester-mounted weed seed control is that not all the weed seeds go through the combine. However, SCUs can still have an impact, as each year’s use reduces the weed seed bank in the field, notes Thiessen.
“Iowa State University research shows that combines harvest about 2/3 of the water hemp seed in a field, and the SCU kills 90 to 95 percent of it,” explains Thiessen.
Visit Redekop’s website to locate the nearest dealer. Thiessen says pricing is around $70,000 (USD).
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Redekop Manufacturing, P.O. Box 178A, RR# 4, Hwy#16 West, Saskatoon, Sask. Canada S7K 3J7 (ph 306-802-4869; toll-free 866-629-9353; www.redekopmfg.com).
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