RootWave, the Warwickshire based electrical weed control (eWeeding) manufacturer, has launched its first tractor-powered machine for vineyards and orchards.
In independent trials in orchards last year, the company’s patented high-frequency eWeeding system delivered full control of weeds, similar to results from trials in sugar beet and maize during the same summer (2022).
The RootWave machine treats weeds in the rows of vines, bushes, and trees using treatment electrodes on purpose-designed hydraulic arms, to work seamlessly between different row widths of crops. The treatment uses electricity to create heat within the weed and roots boiling them from the inside out.
Andrew Diprose CEO said: “RootWave currently delivers the most effective, economical, environmentally friendly and safe weed control on the market.
“It works so well because the plant and roots are killed by heat generated within the weed itself. And because it works so well, the number of applications you need in a season is comparable to that of herbicides and less than required for mechanical weeding. We are the only eWeeding provider using high-frequency electricity, which has significant advantages over standard 50Hz or DC wave forms.”
“Our technology is certified organic and helps nature restore its soils, water and biodiversity.”
The machine is powered by the PTO on a standard tractor. Growers will be able to see commercial prototypes working at demonstration days this summer, and can reserve a machine now for 2024 delivery direct with the company. For more information visit rootwave.com.