Thursday, February 11, 2016

Dogs trained to detect weeds

Jim Peters of Iowa is training dogs to sniff out weeds.

So far it’s for conservation preserves, but he thinks they could be used by farmers.

Sonja Begemann, reporting for the Farm Journal,  writes “they’re starting in Iowa with lespedeza weeds and training with more as counties request it.

“Peters plans to focus on two or three different weed types this year and might add more in 2017.”

Peters says dogs can be trained to sniff out most anything – from cadavers to rare species of turtles.
He uses mainly mixed-breed dogs.

“In pastures especially, I think they’ll be great at finding weeds,” he says.