Tong Zhen is a Ph.D. student in the Hanson Lab at UC Davis.
Non-chemical weed control usually is based on physical methods (e.g. tillage or mowing) or thermal methods such as propane flaming or steam. Electric Weed Control (EWC) is another thermal method that passes electrical current through target plants and the heat generated by electrical resistance damages plant cells. With funding from the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI), we recently initiated new research with collaborators at Oregon State University and Cornell University to evaluate an electrical weed control device in orchard and berry crops.
- Author: Lee Allen
- Posted by: Gale Perez
From Page 13 of the Western Farm Press (May 2022) magazine
Electric weed control takes hold in orchards
By Lee Allen (Contributing writer)
Sometimes it takes a long time for an idea to be embraced by the public. Take electric weed control, a concept first patented in 1890, yet it hadn't received much attention until a few decades ago.
“Even if current ways still work, new ways are inevitable because they may.../h3>