A future with herbicides replaced by thermal foam?

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More and more herbicides are prohibited. What will happen to glyphosate and flumioxazin, two key ingredients in a variety of herbicides, is currently unclear. Many winemakers are preparing for a future without chemical weed removal. But there is no lack of new inventions. An Italian company will soon launch a new thermal weed control called Schiumone.

Schiumone produces a 75 degree Celsius foam that are sprayed in the vineyard, under the vines. The weeds are eliminated thanks to the heat. The University of Milan will investigate if the heat in any way affects negatively the vines. The idea is to have the product approved for organic viticulture. Not removing the weeds at all is an alternative that many winemakers today practice. Learn more about thermal weed removal and see the video tecnovict.com

Marselan, recently planted vines
Marselan, recently planted vines, copyright BKWine Photography

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