weed technology in organic farmingFields test are expected to begin this summer of Star Wars sounding “weed blaster” technology that fires, concentrated organic grit from a high-pressure nozzle at Mach 1 — more than 760 mph — to obliterate vulnerable weed seedlings. Early field tests of hand-held air compressors used in conjunction with traditional control methods reduced weed waste in vegetable plots by 67 to 97 percent, according to early results.

“It’s another non-chemical, weed-management approach,” said Sam Wortman, a researcher on the project and an assistant professor at U of I. “We’re looking at some of the higher-value vegetable crops.”

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