Cropping

Review harvest weed seed control options, says O’Connors

By Rodney Woods

With harvest just around the corner, machinery dealer O’Connors is encouraging growers to review their options when it comes to harvest weed seed control.

The tactic is becoming a vital component in broader weed management programs, and growers now have a range of strategies at their disposal.

Each of these strategies has its own benefits in pre-emptively managing weed seeds, depending on individual farming systems, locations and scale.

According to O’Connors' Birchip sales manager Tom Sheridan, the issue is already becoming a concern for the business' customers.

“We’re always looking into future developments and products to assist all farmers in their operations, and right now we’re hearing that weed seed management is front of mind for many broadacre farmers,” he said.

Installed neatly into the combine, the Integrated Harrington Seed Destructor uses mill technology to fully destroy the harvested seed by up to 99 per cent.

It also operates without any loss of stubble or nutrients to the paddock.

Slightly more cost-effective, and almost as efficient, the EMAR Chaff Deck captures up to 95 per cent of weed seed trash.

The installed deck then funnels all trash into the wheel track where seeds either decompose among the chaff over time, or germinate and are subsequently controlled by spraying of the wheel tracks.

Finally, the O’Connors Engineering Chaff Line Chute is an accessible entry-level tool with baffle design to maximise weed seed catchment off sieves.

Similar to the EMAR Chaff Deck, the O’Connors Engineering Chaff Line Chute places seed in a row for collection along the wheel tracks for easy management.

For more information, speak to your local dealership or visit: www.oconnors.com.au