Virtual Field Day: Mechanization for Harvesting and Cultivating Field Crops
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Hermann and Louise Bruns of Wild Flight Farm lead us through a virtual field day demonstrating his favourite equipment for weeding and cultivating field crops. This was a live 'in field' demonstration and Q & A. Equipment highlights included: basket weeder, under cutter, potato digger and hiller.
Equipment companies mentioned by Hermann:
Willsie Equipment Sales – Potato digger and bed lifter
Buddingh Basket Weeders – custom build basket weeders
The Lilliston rolling cultivators on our Farm-All Cub tractors are no longer being made but Tilmor has a similar product called a Spyder which will hill soil just as well.
Tilmor also markets a whole line of smaller mechanized tillage equipment including basket weeders, Spyders, and finger weeders designed for use with walk-behind tractors. This scale could be more applicable to smaller growers wanting to mechanized their weed control. The basic cultivation tools are all very similar to what we use but designed to fit a walk-behind tractor.
More mechanical weed control videos - a series of older videos of Vegetable Farmers and their Weed Control Machines.