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August 6, 2018

New tool uses superheated steam to safely kill weeds

  • The Steam Weeder is made by an Australian company and can cost between $16,000 and $30,000.
    Capital Press

    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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