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Weed control

Managing grassweeds in an arable rotation is becoming ever-more challenging as herbicide resistance increases, the industry loses active ingredients approved for use and as pressure increases on protecting water courses.
Effective control requires combining cultural and chemical techniques such as delayed drilling, using stale seedbeds and getting herbicide application timings right. At the heart of effective control is minimising weed seed return within rotations and testing for herbicide resistance if it is suspected.

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Annual meadowgrass


by Mark Ballingall (SAC Research)  Course Weed control

A prolific contributor to the weed seed bank, annual meadowgrass can quickly get out of control if left unchecked. Mark Ballingall from SAC takes a closer look at how to control it.


Broad-leaf weeds


by Mark Ballingall (SAC Research)  Course Weed control

Herbicide-resistant blackgrass has grabbed all the attention in recent years, but there is a growing problem in broad-leaved weeds. Mark Ballingall looks at how growers can cut the risk of resistance developing in their fields.


Brome grasses


by Ben Freer (NIAB TAG)  Course Weed control

Even low levels of brome grass in winter wheat (10 plants/sq m) can result in yield losses on 8% so its important to understand the types of brome, their impact and control, Ben Freer, head of technical services at NIAB TAG explains.


Stubble weed managment


by Sarah Cook and Lynn Tatnell (Adas)  Course Weed control

Tackling weeds before drilling with stale seed beds is a vital part of weed control, but getting it wrong can lead to poor control. Sarah Cook and Lynn Tatnell of Adas explain how to get the most from stubble sprays.

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Wild oats


by Jim Orson (The Arable Group)  Course Weed control

Wild oats are highly competitive yield robbers that contaminate the grain sample. The Arable Group’s Jim Orson examines wild oat biology.