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FLAME-WEEDING EMERGED ORGANIC SEED POTATO PLANTS ON WOOD PRAIRIE FAMILY FARM. With crops mostly planted, now comes the


FLAME-WEEDING EMERGED ORGANIC SEED POTATO PLANTS ON WOOD PRAIRIE FAMILY FARM. With crops mostly planted, now comes the job of taking good care of them.

Here, Jim works late one recent evening flame-weeding our crop of Organic Maine Certified Seed Potatoes. Timing is important for this job. The ideal is to flame when 2-5% of Potato plants of a given seed lot have popped up through the ground.

With rain in the forecast, Caleb worked to get the Propane Flamer mounted onto our Oliver 1750 Diesel so we would not be delayed flaming the earliest emerging Potatoes. Caleb & Justin had already pulled the engine out of the Oliver 1650 Diesel we normally dedicate for this flaming-job. However, the clutch on that tractor needed replacing and delivery of the needed parts had been delayed. By dark we had flamed enough to be caught up.

This time of year we use the Flamer for weed work not only in Potatoes, but also to rid weeds from prepped stale-beds planted to Flowers. The Flower Beds are planted near the Potatoes and are designed to attract and nourish Beneficial Insects that are predators of economic pests commonly found in Potatoes.

Caleb, Megan & Jim




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