Weeding with steam
With high temperature steam, you actually boil the moisture in the leaves and that ruptures the cells of the plant. This causes the plant to die from the outside back to the root system. The heat can be applied by steam.
Weed control for:
- Orchards, vineyards, grain and vegetable crops – these can all be treated with steam equipment.
- Row Crop – If there is space for weeds to grow between the rows of crops , you can easily work manually.
How does steam weed control work?
Mechanical weeding causes a severe loss of moisture through evaporation which is a problem in areas where water is scarce. For this reason the practice of minimum tillage is gaining in popularity but the problem of weed control remains.
The world trend to reduce chemical use in agriculture industry is causing farmers to revert to mechanical weed control and even to hand weeding in some crops. The current focus on environmental issues and non-chemical solutions worldwide is beginning to filter through to producers and processors, reflecting changes in consumer attitudes to the use of chemicals for the control of weeds and pests.
Benefits of steam weed control
The benefits of steam weed control are numerous and vary from a competitive alternative to chemical use to the added benefit of providing organic farmers with a way to rid their crops of weeds without disturbing the soil thereby minimizing erosion and water loss.
What is the alternative?
Steam weed control offers producers an alternative to herbicide chemical treatment and allows minimal tillage methods to be practiced without the fear of health risk to the user, contamination of the crop or residues in the soil.
Some of the recognized applications that are currently being worked on for use in:
Orchards, vineyards, pre-emergence grain and vegetable crops – these can all be treated using steam equipment. Row crops – inter row in virtually all crops where the spcing permit and in some crops with a heat tolerance can include treating between the plants.