Flame Weeding in Row Crops


MP3 download of workshop audio from MOSES 2020. PowerPoint slides from the presentation may be available for download here.

Workshop Session: Saturday III

Cultivation and hoeing don’t control weeds within the row where they compete most with the crop for nutrients. Flaming with well-designed equipment can eliminate all weeds—even those within the row. This can mean major yield increases compared to mechanized weed control alone. We’ll look at the features common to well-designed flamers plus flaming recipes for corn, soybeans, sorghum, and sunflower, plus hear from a farmer who uses both a flame weeder and The Weed Zapper.

George Gogos is a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln whose research focus is flaming for weed control in agronomic crops. He co-founded Agricultural Flaming Innovations, a company that designs and manufactures flamers.
Stevan Knezevic is a professor and expert in weed management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research includes flame weeding studies in 7 agronomic crops.
Derek Shrock, an organic farmer from Illinois, has been using the Weed Zapper the past two years and counts it as one of the many tools he uses to manage weeds.