Outcome of Flame weeding in organic vegetable production

Under organic farming conditions the labour requirement is the highest cost in the production of vegetable crops. In both carrots and onions there is a need for large hand-weeding inputs due to the weak competitive ability of both crops. Growing onions and carrots require a large amount of hand-weeding in the row, even when very accurate mechanical row-cultivation is performed.Weed control with flame is, profitable and very labour saving. The results proved that a considerable reduction in number of weeds and consequently in labour requirements for handweeding can be achieved, as well in onions, as in carrots. The yields from flamed trials have showed a slight reduction in both crops. 

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