Blackgrass plants in a field©Oil Hill
A Lincolnshire farmer is campaigning to bring back stubble burning to control blackgrass in cereal crops. Mark Pettitt, who farms 180ha of arable land in Gainsborough, set fire to lodged blackgrass in a patch at one end of a wheat field after he had “exhausted all other options”. An attempt was made earlier to cultivate the patch of blackgrass. But it blocked the cultivator within 5m “pulling the long lodged blackgrass into big lumps”. See also: Farmers step up stubble […]
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