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August 6, 2018
SALEM, Ore. — The Steam Weeder looks like an old-time vacuum cleaner and sounds like an espresso machine, with a long hose and nozzle attached to a tractor-mounted boiler heating steam to 250 degrees.
Erik Augerson, a graduate research assistant for Oregon State University, demonstrated how the technology works recently at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center, steaming along rows of blueberries to control field bindweed.
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