Bhartiya Krishi Anusandhan Patrika, volume 36 issue 3 (september 2021) : 178-185

​Weed Control using Pre-emergence Herbicide Strip Application System Along with Sowing/Planting Devices

R.R. Potdar, P.S. Tiwari, D. Singh, Prabhakar Shukla, Bikram Jyoti, B.S. Parmar
1ICAR- Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Nabibagh, Bhopal-462 038, Madhya Pradesh, India.
  • Submitted26-02-2021|

  • Accepted17-08-2021|

  • First Online 26-08-2021|

  • doi 10.18805/BKAP267

Cite article:- Potdar R.R., Tiwari P.S., Singh D., Shukla Prabhakar, Jyoti Bikram, Parmar B.S. (2021). ​Weed Control using Pre-emergence Herbicide Strip Application System Along with Sowing/Planting Devices. Bhartiya Krishi Anusandhan Patrika. 36(3): 178-185. doi: 10.18805/BKAP267.
A 6-row pre-emergence herbicide strip-application system was designed and developed at ICAR-CIAE, Bhopal as an attachment to inclined-plate planter to apply herbicide at the time of sowing in widely spaced crops to control weeds along the crop rows, often not possible in mechanical weeding. It consisted of a frame on which 6 flat fan spray nozzles were mounted by means of clamps, a single action piston pump with 9 l/min capacity, pressure regulator valve and pressure gauge and pressure pipes. The spacing between the spray nozzles, angle and height of spray nozzles can be varied by adjusting the clamps. The developed system has ability of strip as well as blanket application of herbicide. The same machine can be used as post-emergence herbicide/pesticide applicator after the removal of furrow openers and increasing the height of nozzles from the ground. The machine was tested and evaluated during Kharif season for soybean and pigeon pea crops. The field capacity of the developed system was found to be 0.4 ha/h. The operating cost of the pre-emergence herbicide applicator with inclined plate planter was worked out as Rs 1350/- per ha. It can save about 40-50% herbicide.

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