1978 - Volume #2, Issue #6, Page #16[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
New Way To Chop Corn Out Of Beans
Here's an almost labor-free solution to the problem - the Weed Wiper, introduced by New Concept Distributing, Sioux Rapids, Iowa.
A prototype model, unveiled at several major farm shows this fall, was a real "show stopper". Farmers lopking for an easier way to get volunteer corn and other tall growing weeds out of soybean fields had to stand in line to visit with Dennis McHugh, president of New Concept Distributing and developer of the prototype Weed Wiper which he hopes to have in commercial production early in '79.
The prototype - patterned after the Quacker-Whacker developed by Dwight Roll, Roseau, Minn., and featured in FARM SHOW about a year ago-has a continuous turning roller (15 in. in dia. and 15 ft. long) which is covered with carpet and saturated with a translocating chemical. A special-design sprayer is mounted at a point above the roller so that no chemical solution can get away while the roller is being saturated. Adjustable gauge wheels allow the roller to operate 3 to 4 in, above the bean rows. "The Weed Wiper is designed to use chemical only on contact with the weeds-with no dripping, making it very economical to use," explains McHugh.
The prototype 3 pt. hitch model, designed for covering 6 30-in. rows per swath, is expected to retail for about $3,000. Production models will also be offered in models ranging from 2 to 8 rows, according to McHugh.
The idea behind the machine is to brush a contact herbicide, such as Roundup, on volunteer corn and other tall growing weeds, killing them on contact- without splashing or spilling any chemical on the crop below. McHugh is hopeful that Monsanto's Roundup will soon receive full label clearance for this type of brush application to control volunteer corn in beans.
Herbicide is pumped from the supply tank mounted on the Weed Wiper and fed onto the carpet. Movement of the rotating cylinder, along with the special wiper blade which acts as a squeegee, holds spray solution to the carpet so it doesn't spill or splash on the crop below. The operator can adjust rotating speed of the hydraulically-operated carpet roller, and the amount of spray material pumped onto the carpeted roller.
For more details, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, New Concept Distributing, Dennis McHugh, president, Sioux Rapids, Iowa 50585 (ph 712-283-2394).
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