4th Annual Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day goes VIRTUAL!
In collaboration with Practical Farmers of Iowa and Sam Hitchcock Tilton
The Midwest Mechanical Weed Control (MMWC) Field Day is the nation’s largest event devoted to weeding tools. This year, due to Covidian circumstances, the field day is taking a quantum leap forward and will move into a digital state. MMWC Field Day organizer, Sam Hitchcock Tilton, and farmer-friend, Hans Bishop, will host a series of virtual mechanical weed control field days from Hans’ farm, PrairiErth Farm in Atlanta, IL. Join the pair to see and discuss new and old weed control equipment, set-up and use in both row crops and vegetables.
September 11 — Episode 1: Drone Wars
Watch the set-up of a camera-guided cultivator with finger weeders in corn and beans. See which field conditions need to be entered into the computer for a camera-guided cultivator as well as how the tools are calibrated for field conditions and run in crops. We will also look at conventional front-mount cultivation.
Tools and tractors: Camera-guided cultivator with shovels and finger weeders; 12-row front mounted cultivator; IH 806
September 18 — Episode 2: The Awakening
Watch preliminary Tool Set-up in the shop – starting with a bare toolbar, see the measurements and progression of adding parallelogram units and tools to exactly match a crop spacing. Then watch all of the preliminary adjustments that can be made more accurately in the shop so that by the time you arrive at the field your machine only needs limited adjusting.
Tools and tractors: parallel units; side-knives; cut-away discs; torsion weeders; finger weeders; diamond-bar and belly-mount options; Modified Allis-G; Saukville; Super C; IH 274
September 25 — Episode 3: The First Encounter
Learn about precision cultivation of direct-seeded vegetables. Once the weeding tool has been mounted and adjusted in the shop (episode 2) watch the first run in the field and see how results are judged and adjustments are made to correct issues in order to quickly achieve accurate weeding in direct-seeded crops.
Tools and tractors: parallel units; side-knives; cut-away discs; torsion weeders; finger weeders; belly-mount options; Modified Allis-G; Saukville; Super C; IH 274
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Please register to be sent links and reminders for the Facebook live event series.
Can’t wait until September? Check out the videos from Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Days past below.
2019 Promotional Video
2019 Roundtable Discussion: Sandy Syburg, Purple Cow Organics, “Controlling Weeds by Balancing Soil Calcium and Rotations”
2018 Promotional Video
Vegetable Growers News TV, Weed Control Field Day Highlights European Tools
2018 MMWCFD in the words of Epiphany Farms Founder / Chefarmer, Ken Myszka
The photo story below highlights our 2018 Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day hosted at PrairiErth Farm.