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Why is there siccation of crops instead of natural ripeness?

Desiccation of plants is the deliberate drying out of a plant before harvesting. This is done, for example, to facilitate harvesting, improve quality synchronize the timing of harvesting or avoid crop losses due to rain or frost.

Siccation is preferred for cereals, legumes and oilseeds that mature unevenly. In potatoes, siccation enables the systematic formation of skin-firm tubers.

Siccation of plants can be done chemically, mechanically or by electric current. The herbicide glyphosate is widely used for this purpose worldwide (except in potatoes). It penetrates the root system, but also leaves residues in the crop and can accumulate in the soil.


Robust and extremely powerful – the volt.cube supplies the electrical energy.


Working widths of up to 12 m allow fast and safe siccation.


The residue-free liquid lowers the electrical resistance of the plants.