Culti-Clean aims to put the heat on weed problems

ALTHOUGH it was not on show at Lamma 2010 the CultiClean combines a Struik rotary cultivator with gas burning technology from Hoaf.

As soil falls back to the ground from the second rotary tiller it is heated to 80 to 85 deg C. The aim is not to sterilise the soil but more to pasteurise it and kill weeds.

The company is confident of a big future, and not just with organic growers. The chemicals used in many conventionally-grown crops, such as baby leaf, spinach and ruccola, may soon be banned.

Growers are being forced to consider alternatives, such as flame technology.

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