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Virtual- 4th Annual Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day – Episode 3: The First Encounter

September 25, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


Friday, Sept. 25 | 12:30 – 1:10 p.m.

4th Annual Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day in partnership with The Land Connection

Episode 3: The First Encounter – “Precision Cultivation in Direct-Seeded Vegetables”

2020 05 27The Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day is the nation’s largest event devoted to weeding tools. This year, due to COVID-19, the field day will be held online. In this three-part series, MMWC field day organizer Sam Hitchcock Tilton and farmer-friend Hans Bishop will host a series of virtual mechanical weed control field days at Hans’ farm. Join the pair to see and discuss new and old weed control equipment, including set-up and use in both row crops and vegetables. We will resume the in-person field day in 2021 – save the date for Sept. 15, 2021, at Pheasant Run Farm in Belle Plaine, Iowa.

Hosts: Hans Bishop & Sam Hitchcock Tilton

The Presenters:

Hans Bishop and his family have been farming PrairiErth Farm’s 300 acres for about 30 years. Located in the center of Illinois about 160 miles from downtown Chicago, the Bishops operate a diversified farm and raise a bit of about everything. Today, Hans and Katie manage most of the farm’s operations, including 35 acres of organic vegetables and 200 acres of organic soybeans, corn, wheat and oats.

SamSam Hitchcock Tilton is a horticulture instructor at Lakeshore Technical College near Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He has a background in vegetable farming and a master’s degree from Michigan State University with a focus on precision weeding tools. Sam has designed weeding machines for KULT-Kress and visited farms throughout Europe and the U.S., and he organizes the Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day.


  • Once the weeding tool has been mounted and adjusted in the shop, watch the first run in the field.
  • See how results are judged and adjustments are made to correct issues to quickly achieve accurate weeding in direct-seeded crops.

Tools and Tractors:

  • Parallel units
  • Side-knives
  • Cut-away discs
  • Torsion weeders
  • Finger weeders
  • Belly-mount options
  • Modified Allis-G
  • Saukville
  • Super C
  • IH 274

Other Events in the Series:

Note: You may attend all events in the series, or pick the ones you’re most interested in.

Format: Virtual Field Day (#3 of Series)

Platform: Facebook Live

To register: Visit https://thelandconnection.org/event/mwc-2020 (registration is optional).