Farmers are getting back to the old tools to fight weed in their farms. They are using a process called ‘flame weeding’. It involves using a row of flamethrowers onto the front of a tractor and then driving through the field of crops, blasting the weeds in between the rows of crops. The Flame Engineering Inc specializes in developing and selling the flame weeding equipment. It says that the technique they are using is really scientific.
The company’s website explains that the technique is not about blasting the weed but focuses on destroying the cell structure. The website states, “Flame weeding is what we like to call a ‘slow kill.’ Essentially, you are destroying cell structure in the plant leaf. The weed will no longer put energy toward growth (photosynthesis) taking the kill though the root system. YES, flame weeding will kill the roots too! Even on big weeds (over 6?), you will see a stunning effect and even a kill within a few days, depending on how established the root system is and how long the plant was exposed to heat.”
Perhaps this is also a good use of the flamethrowers which were manufactured by Elon Musk. If you cannot pull out all the weed in the field, simply blast their cells with flame and leave them to die. Organic farmers are required to have a certification of the process which doesn’t use any synthetic herbicides or pesticides while the crops are farming.