Learn the principles and tools for precise mechanical weed control from farmers and industry experts.
The 2nd Annual Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day is the Midwest’s largest field day devoted to vegetable growers and mechanical weed control. A full day of exhibits, demonstrations, farmers, and industry experts comes to Atlanta, Illinois.
This year’s Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day takes place on Wednesday, September 26 at PrairiErth Farm in Atlanta, IL. Hans Bishop, co-owner of PrairiErth Farm, will be hosting the event in the farm’s new packing shed, which also serves as a local Food Hub and Educational Center. The event is being planned by Sam Hitchcock Tilton, an organizer of last year’s event and Midwest representative for KULT-Kress precision weeding tools, and The Land Connection, an Illinois non-profit organization that promotes farmer training and land stewardship.
The field day is an ideal opportunity for farmers to learn about weeding tools and techniques. In the morning soil health expert Alan Philo (formerly the specialty crop specialist for Midwestern BioAg) will give a presentation; oftentimes soil health and cultivation are in opposition, as cultivation burns organic matter and the residue that builds soil can hinder cultivation. Alan will share cultivation methods that preserve soil health and soil-building techniques that allow for subsequent precision cultivation.
The exhibition period that follows is an opportunity for growers to see weeding tools from more than 10 companies and speak with representatives, as well as meeting with all the growers in attendance. University weed scientists from surrounding states will share their research. Farmers from all over the Midwest will also be bringing their favorite weeding tools to exhibit. The ‘Walk-Behind Alley’ tent will feature many two-wheeled walk-behind tractors and implements and include a short demonstration period.
Lunch will be an opportunity for farmers to break bread together or to continue looking at equipment and speaking with exhibitors. In the afternoon it will be off to the field, where direct-seeded beets and transplanted lettuce have been planted specially for the demonstrations. Myriad cultivators and cultivating tractors will be demonstrated in the field and explained by manufacturers. These demonstrations will show how the machines should be mounted and properly adjusted and will help farmers visualize how the implements can work on their own farms to increase efficiency and productivity.
All currently-manufactured cultivating tractors will be attending (Tilmor, Oggun, and Tuff-Bilt) as well as many other cultivating tractors (including IH-274, Hefty G, IH Super C, and modified Allis G’s). Field demonstrations will include a tine-weeder, belly-mounted finger-weeders, rear-mounted steerable toolbar, basket weeder, a mechanical transplanter, and a camera-guided in-row robotic cultivator. Numerous additional tools will be in the exhibition area, such as a Lilliston rolling cultivator, William’s toolbar system, Reigi/Eco weeder, and propane flame weeder.
This day of learning and networking on mechanical weed control costs $20 and includes breakfast, lunch, and root beer floats at the end of the day. Register early as last year space ran out.
If you would like more information please contact Mallory Krieger at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 312) 840-2128.
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The Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day is the Midwest’s largest field day devoted to vegetable growers and mechanical weed control. Last year’s event was organized by Michigan State University and hosted at the school’s research farm in Lansing, Michigan. Due to overwhelming interest registration filled and farmers had to be turned away in order to comply with fire code. One hundred and thirty farmers attended from states all over the Midwest and Canada.
This year’s Midwest Mechanical Weed Control field day is being planned by Sam Hitchcock Tilton, an organizer of last year’s event and mechanical weed control professional, Hans Bishop, a vegetable farmer at PrariErth Farm and MOSES farmer of the year who has been a leader in modern weeding tools, and The Land Connection, an Illinois organization that promotes farmer training and land stewardship.
The field day is hosted by PrariErth farm in Atlanta, Illinois, which is centrally located in Illinois. Five cities of 100,000 people or more are within a 90-minute drive, St. Louis and Chicago are within 2 hours, and Madison, WI is within 3 hours. The Land Connection has an experienced staff that routinely organizes, promotes, and hosts farmer field days. The Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day is the best opportunity for farmers to learn about weeding tools and allied equipment through keynote speakers, talking with other farmers and company representatives, and seeing field demonstrations.
Check out press coverage and video from last year's Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day 2017:
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Come prepared for an afternoon of walking and talking in field conditions. Wear sturdy shoes and sun protection. We will be touring farms in hot summer conditions. Bring bug spray if insects are bothersome for you. Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated in the summer heat.
Contact Mallory@thelandconnection.org for registration questions. Register by phone at 217-840-2128.
For event questions, or to sponsor, please contact Sam Hitchcock Tilton at (414) 213-5337.
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