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This technology is approved and endorsed as the cleanest way to burn vegetation without putting harmful chemicals, fine particulates and other potential pollutants into our air. (Photo: Geoffrey Taylor, MA)

By Geoffrey Taylor, MA

Geoffrey Taylor
Geoffrey Taylor, MA, Valley Ag Voice contributor.

As Valley agricultural producers struggle to find meaningful solutions to vegetative waste disposal through burning, finding new and innovative ways to dispose of vegetative waste is key to any streamlined agricultural operation.

With the only byproduct of this clean burn technology being nutrient rich biochar, this air curtain burning technology provides farmers and ranchers with a Best Available Control Technology to dispose of up to 9 tons of vegetative waste per burn hour. And with the ability to operate continuously until all vegetative waste has been disposed of, this technology has been used heavily throughout California to help dispose of diverse types of compliant natural and vegetative waste including leaves, branches, trunks, roots, stumps, untreated branch and grape support sticks, vines, canes and other natural waste generated on farms across the state.

“This proven clean burn technology utilizes a continuously blowing curtain of air over a burn pit box that helps to contain harmful smoke particulates into the firebox, leaving only that nutrient-rich biochar as a byproduct,” said Ed Martinez, Vice President of Rancho Tree Service located in Bakersfield, California, a leading vegetation management organization in the San Joaquin Valley and beyond, “AirBurners can safely and sustainably handle a large amount of vegetative material in a short amount of time. This type of burn technology can make all the difference in offsetting the costs of trucking vegetative waste to landfills or other challenges associated with rural waste disposal.”

With fallowed orchards and vineyards dotting the parched San Joaquin Valley, a local orchard clearing and debris disposal organization has recently received permitting to operate AirBurners FireBox technologies in the San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District. This CARB-certified burn box technology provides.

“From orchard and vineyard debris disposal to post-wildfire vegetation and tree disposal, this technology is approved and endorsed as the cleanest way to burn vegetation without putting harmful chemicals, fine particulates and other potential pollutants into our air here in the Valley,” said Martinez, “Our agricultural and governmental clients find a lot of value in this technology because it reduces the risk of wildfires or incidents associated with open burning, but also provides users with the flexibility of on-site waste disposal in a sustainable way.”

AirBurners FireBox burn box technology comes in a variety of formats, but the SJVAPCD permitted models utilized locally by Rancho Tree Service offer the perfect balance of vegetative waste disposal and ease of on-site mobilization and demobilization. This specific application of the AirBurners FireBox Technology provides flexibility for local producers and ranchers in the SJVAPCD jurisdiction to cleanly and safely dispose of waste on their own land in a legally compliant manner.

For more information on vegetative waste disposal, debris disposal, land clearing, orchard clearing or other tree care and arborist needs, please contact Ed Martinez, Vice President of Rancho Tree Service today at With diverse solutions to vegetative waste problems commonly incurred in agricultural and ranching operations, it’s critical to have a partner offering the right solutions to complex problems on the farm or ranch.

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