If you're concerned about the environmental and health risks of chemical weed control as well as the associated high costs and problems with
weed resistance, you're not alone. Many farmers are turning to propane-fueled flame weeding as an efficient, easy-to-use, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly
alternative. This proven weed control method has been approved for use in both organic and conventional farming operations.
In comparison with chemical weed control, propane flame weeding:
In addition, propane flame weeding is more cost-effective than hand weeding and organic herbicides and can increase yields up to 25% to 30% compared with cultivation alone.
Propane-fueled flame weeding uses heat to disrupt the cellular function of weeds, rupturing the cell walls and killing weeds within a few days of treatment. Contrary to popular belief, the weeds are not actually ignited in the process.
In addition to weed control, propane-fueled flaming has a variety of applications, including:
The following tips are taken from the guide "Propane-Fueled Flame Weeding in Corn, Soybean, and Sunflower" by the Propane Education &
Research Council and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
The most recent propane-fueled weed flamers employ hoods to improve safety, energy efficiency, and ease of use. The hood focuses the flames and protects them from outside elements, making the treatment more effective
and reducing fuel consumption. It also keeps the heat near the ground and away from the crops. New designs also allow multiple rows of crops to be treated at the same time.