4th Annual Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day – Episode 2: The Awakening

Friday, Sept. 18 | 12:30 – 1:10 p.m.

4th Annual Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day in partnership with The Land Connection

Episode 2: The Awakening – “A Demonstration of Tool Set-Up and In-Shop Adjustments”

2020 05 27The Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day is the nation’s largest event devoted to weeding tools. This year, due to COVID-19, the field day will be held online. In this three-part series, MMWC field day organizer Sam Hitchcock Tilton and farmer-friend Peter Seeley will host a series of virtual mechanical weed control field days. Join the pair to see and discuss new and old weed control equipment, including set-up and use in both row crops and vegetables. We will resume the in-person field day in 2021 – save the date for Sept. 15, 2021, at Pheasant Run Farm in Belle Plaine, Iowa.

Hosts: Peter Seely & Sam Hitchcock Tilton

The Presenters:

SamSam Hitchcock Tilton is a horticulture instructor at Lakeshore Technical College near Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He has a background in vegetable farming and a master’s degree from Michigan State University with a focus on precision weeding tools. Sam has designed weeding machines for KULT-Kress and visited farms throughout Europe and the U.S., and he organizes the Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day.

Peter Seely and his wife, Bernadette, began farming at Springdale Farm in 1988, at the dawn of the CSA movement in the Upper Midwest. Over 25 years, the farm has expanded to twenty acres and 800 CSA shares, plus thirteen greenhouses and five children, not far from Lake Michigan in Plymouth, Wisconsin.

Topics:

  • Adding parallelogram units and tools to exactly match a crop spacing, starting with a bare toolbar: measurements and progression
  • Preliminary adjustments that can be made more accurately in the shop so your machine only needs slight adjustment by the time you arrive at the field

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

Other Events in the Series:

Note: You may attend all events in the series, or pick the ones you’re most interested in.

Format: Virtual Field Day (#2 of Series)

Platform: Facebook Live

To register: Visit https://thelandconnection.org/event/mwc-2020 (registration is optional).

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The Facebook post preview below will broadcast this field day at start time. If you have a Facebook account you can watch below, but you will be unable to comment with questions. Tune into the virtual field day on Facebook to comment.

Join us for Episode 2: The Awakening

Posted by Practical Farmers of Iowa on Friday, September 11, 2020

Acknowledgements

This field day was made possible in part by the support of Ceres Trust.

 

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