Horticulture NS - Industry Demonstration Morning

September 5, 2019 - September 5, 2019

Make sure you’ve marked your calendars to join Horticulture Nova Scotia's Industry Demonstration Morning on Thursday, September 5!

Here’s the lineup of demonstrations:

  • Cover crops with Sonny Murray, Perennia

  • Non-herbicide weed control equipment with Greg Gerrits, Elmridge Farm

o   Vanhoucke 15-foot-wide flame weeder - used for stale seedbed preparation. Fully hooded and controlled 100% from the tractor operator’s seat. If you have seen North American-built weed burners you will be amazed at how much farther this Belgian company has taken the technology.

o   HAK 15-foot-wide mechanical weed cultivator - it has the ability to cultivate raised beds or flat land, and is fully adjustable in many ways depending on conditions and the crop size and arrangement. Options include hilling discs, crop shielding discs, parallel linked crop shields, multiple sizes of sweeps, finger weeders, soil crust breakers, and more….

o   Garford vision guidance system - a two-camera, row-following, side-shift system that mounts between the tractor and weed cultivator. It allows sub-inch row following accuracy at speeds in access of 10 km/h.

o   Electrically powered, six-person weeding cart -  it is 15-feet-wide and allows six people to weed in comfort lying face down. Each person has four feet of forward and reverse movement independent of the other five weeders as the machine crawls down the field.

o   GPS controlled sidehill drift reduction (hopefully elimination) system – it may or may not be complete by September 5, but Greg will at least explain the concept of what they are trying to accomplish.

  • Solar power on the farm with Matt Eye of M.B. Eye Electrical

  • R2Weed2 Robotic Weeder with Teric Greenan, Nexus Robotics


The time:

From 9:00 a.m. until 12:00pm (snacks and hot & cold beverages provided on-site)

And location:

Elmridge Farm, 765 Bains Road, Centreville


Make sure this date is in your calendars and come join your fellow farmers in seeing a comparison of multiple cover crops and some of the newest in tech!

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