Flame weeding offers non-chemical alternative for stale seed-bed

Farmers Weekly reports that a well-known vegetable grower in the south-west of England regularly uses a flame weeding machine to achieve a stale seed-bed before drilling expensive organic crops.

Riverford Organic Farmers’ farm manager Alex Stephens uses the technique as part his seed-bed preparation for crops of baby leaf salads and spinach, although he says it can also provide desiccation for potatoes and pre-emergence weed control on carrots and parsnips.

The company is based in Totnes, south Devon and employs a local contractor that runs the three-bed Vanouche machine. Average output is about 0.5ha/hour, however the small fields on the farm reduce this work rate.

Read the report on Farmers Weekly here
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