Blackgrass

johnbean

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Arable Farmer
Location
South Lincs
Yes it is that time of year again, when this beast of a weed appears above and below the crop! Rogueing is the worst job on the farm in my opinion so it would be useful to hear from some agronomists. We have very low levels on this farm but is it worth rogueing? To be sure of removing all the ears it must be pulled from the root which is a tedious job and pretty tiring. So my question is when the ears are in flower is the seed viable and can it be dropped or thrown on top of the crop to wilt without risk of re-growth ,usually in June. Probably most growers remove and burn it but this can be very expensive if employing agencies together with trampling the crop down if not experienced. Surely there must be a chemical on the horizon? Perhaps not a large enough leaf area for control. Comments please.
 

B'o'B

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NFFN Member
Location
Rutland
Yes it is that time of year again, when this beast of a weed appears above and below the crop! Rogueing is the worst job on the farm in my opinion so it would be useful to hear from some agronomists. We have very low levels on this farm but is it worth rogueing? To be sure of removing all the ears it must be pulled from the root which is a tedious job and pretty tiring. So my question is when the ears are in flower is the seed viable and can it be dropped or thrown on top of the crop to wilt without risk of re-growth ,usually in June. Probably most growers remove and burn it but this can be very expensive if employing agencies together with trampling the crop down if not experienced. Surely there must be a chemical on the horizon? Perhaps not a large enough leaf area for control. Comments please.
Knapsack sprayer with glyphosate does a much better and faster job.
 

Badshot

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Location
Kent
I spot spray it out as I do passes through the crop.
Saves a lot of walking.
It's definitely worth keeping the numbers as low as possible, I sincerely wish I'd done this when Atlantis was used, it's the survivors that populate with resistance.
 

Phil P

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
North West
Can anyone confirm if this is definitely black grass? Got one field at away block that it has suddenly appeared on. Didn’t see any last year but it’s full this year. Been spring cropped for the past 3 years as well.
 

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ajd132

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Arable Farmer
Location
Suffolk
I spot spray it out as I do passes through the crop.
Saves a lot of walking.
It's definitely worth keeping the numbers as low as possible, I sincerely wish I'd done this when Atlantis was used, it's the survivors that populate with resistance.
I was discussing this with someone the other day. What was considered the pinnacle of arable farming in this area up until about 7 years ago has now made an absolutely massive long term negative affect.
 

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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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