Flame Weed Control in Cut Flower Production

Final Report for FNE93-008

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 1993: $1,350.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/1993
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $750.00
Region: Northeast
State: Rhode Island
Project Leader:
Paul Pieri
Maurolou Farm
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Note to readers, attached is the complete final report for FNE93-008.

Two seasons of trial and error were encouraging. With experience gained, the second season was more successful than the first. By the second season, flaming was successfully used on vigorous summer planted crops. One flaming with two tractor cultivators between the rows provided adequate weed control. Weed control was not adequate on slower growing crops and spring sown crops. One unforeseen significant problem was the potential for erosion due to the longer period of time with unprotected soil. In conclusion, I recommend flame weeding as an alternative weed control method that may have a place in the operations of a grower willing to experiment and innovate.


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