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MSU comparing mechanical weed controls  

Precision technology for weeds is helping to reduce labor and inputs. 

Michigan State University’s Dan Brainard tells Brownfield many specialty crop growers are searching for automated technologies to replace increasingly expensive and difficult-to-find labor.

“The conventional growers are using smart sprayers but the organic or those who have fewer herbicide options are using smart weeders, which are distinguishing the crop from the weeds and shooting these blades between,” he explains.

When compared to new equipment, Brainard says sometimes basic machines are just as effective.

MSU comparing mechanical weed controls