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Bean Bar Mounts On Cultivator Tractor
Edson Murrell, McCallsburg, Iowa, mounted a bean bar on front of his Deere 4020 tractor so a pair of riders can spot spray weeds as he cultivates.
Murrell bolted a 15-ft. length of 2 by 4-in. steel tubing to the front of the tractor and mounted two seats on it. A hydraulic pump delivers herbicide from a 20-gal. tank to a pair of spray wands. He cultivates the 30-in. rows at the same time with a 3-pt. mounted International 6-row cultivator.
"I had to spot spray weeds anyway so I thought I might as well cultivate at the same time," says Murrell, who's used the system for four years. "I spot spray mainly to control cockleburs and velvetleaf and use a mixture of Roundup and 2,4-D. Each rider watches three rows. I had been hiring kids to walk beans, but they missed quite a few. My bean bar lets them see the weeds better and results in better weed control."
Murrell spent $750 for the bean bar system.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Edson Murrell, Rural Route, McCallsburg, Iowa 50154 (ph 515 434-2676).

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1991 - Volume #15, Issue #3