9 August 2002

Richard Western wins Greenburner rights

RICHARD Western has acquired the design and sales rights to the "Greenburner" having made the machine on behalf of Drackedon Agriculture for over a year.

Available in 1.65m and 1.8m working widths, the Greenburner is designed to desiccate potato haulm and weeds using infrared heat generated by propane gas.

"The rights to both make and market the Greenburner marks a significant step forwards for us," says Westerns Stuart Graham. "The machine is in demand from growers needing a more environmentally friendly method of killing off potato haulm and weeds rather than using sulphuric acid."

With gas usage costing £15/ha (£6/acre), Mr Graham also believes the machines operating costs stack up well against those incurred when applying sulphuric acid.

There are now plans for Richard Western to develop a 6m model which would have the ability to treat three rows of potatoes.

"We will also develop the Greenburner to work with different fuels to achieve a higher temperature for even better foliage and weed destruction," adds Mr Graham.

Price for the 1.65m wide Compact Burner is £6000, while the 6m wide model will cost £12,500. &#42