Electrical Weed Control: Theory and Applications

  • Clément Vigneault
  • Diane L. Benoît


The concept of using electrical energy to kill weeds was developed in the late 1800s and several patents have been registered in the United States since 1890. The most recent electrical weed control system consists of a tractor-driven device (Lasco Inc.) designed to destroy persistent weeds in row crops following conventional chemical treatment. The machine, called the Lasco LW5 Lightning Weeder, was manufactured in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and first appeared on the market in 1980 (Fig. 1).


Sugar Beet Forward Speed Chenopodium Album Electrical Method Weed Density 
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  • Diane L. Benoît

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