Flame Weeding Workshop on Aug. 22 at ENREEC

Tractor with flame weeding equipment attached
Several local organic farmers who utilize flame weeding will share their experiences with the technique during the workshop Aug. 22 at the Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension and Education Center. (Department of Agronomy and Horticulture photo)

Flame Weeding Workshop on Aug. 22 at ENREEC

Propane-fueled flame weeding is used in organic farming and interest in it is increasing among conventional producers due to increased weed resistance to herbicides and the costs of GMO crop seed.

A full-day Flame Weeding Workshop will be held Thursday, Aug. 22 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension and Education Center near Mead, Nebraska. University teams led by Stevan Knezevic, professor of agronomy and horticulture and extension weed management specialist, and George Gogos, professor of mechanical and material engineering, will present data from 10 years of research that resulted in 20 scientific publications, 100 abstracts and the development of new flaming equipment.

Attendees will learn how to do proper flaming to control over 10 major Midwestern weeds in seven agronomic crops — field corn, sweet corn, popcorn, soybean, sorghum, sunflower, alfalfa and wheat.

The workshop includes presentations and/or demonstrations on:

  • Propane doses for weed control and crop tolerance data.
  • Research on winter annual weed control with flaming.
  • Four-row commercial type flamers with hoods for broadcast and banded flaming (demonstrations).
  • Inter-row cultivation and intra-row flaming combined in a single operation.

In addition, several local organic farmers will share about their experiences with flame weeding.

The cost is $150 per registration (includes lunch and one Flame Weeding Manual) and $10 for a spouse/co-work's meal.

Please register online by Thursday, Aug. 1. Directions to the site, accommodation information, and a video about the university’s flame weeding research is available on the Flame Weeding Workshop page.

Partial scholarships may be available to certified organic farmers from Nebraska. For more information, contact Stevan Knezevic at 402-584-3808.


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