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Autumn arable masterclass

Crop management decisions taken during the autumn have a profound effect on how the tender young crop will perform. Read the Academies shown below then click through to complete the online test to get BASIS and NRoSO points.

Grassweeds 1


Correctly identifying the main grassweeds is the first step to effective control. ADAS' Sarah Cook profiles the main culprits and points out how to identify them.

Grassweeds 2


Understanding the impact of soil shifting is vital to keep on top of grassweeds. Cultivations specialist Philip Wright looks at the role autumn fieldwork has.

Grassweeds 3


Integrating cultural control techniques will optimise herbicide performance and take pressure off chemistry. ADAS' James Clarke and Rothamsted's Peter Lutman weigh up the options.

Grassweeds 4


Timing is the key to effective use of herbicides. ADAS' James Clarke explains the issues.

Grassweeds 5


Understanding how grassweeds survive previously effective herbicides is important in developing control strategies. Stephen Moss from Rothamsted Research explains the fundamentals of resistance management.

Grassweeds 6


Getting the right amount fo spray where it is needed is vital to keep grassweeds at bay. prof Paul Miller and dr Clare Butler Ellis from NIAB TAG run through what to focus on in the autumn.



Good management of soil and handling areas are key to keeping chemicals out of water. Voluntary Initiative manager Patrick Goldsworthy highlights how to minimise losses from the field


Containers that rinse well, pour easily and are a doddle to dispose of can save valuable minutes when filling. Allerton Recycling's Alastair Leake highlights what to look out for.


  • Refresh your knowledge
  • Gain NRoSO and BASIS cpd points
  • Test yourself in your own time
  • Use multi-media, including video

Grassweed resistance is now widespread and on the increase, but resistance is not the only factor determining ultimate weed control. Apply the latest research and thinking to tackle resistance and optimise the performance of herbicides.

This iniative is also intended to integrate stewardship advice and practical ideas from industry experts on how to improve efficiencies on farm relating to pesticide handling and container disposal. We hope you find it practical and valuable...