Buttercup and Dandelion

Buttercup and Dandelion

Buttercups emerge in April so this is the ideal month to target them. Often, the trigger for spraying a field of buttercups is once the farmer has noticed that the field has turned yellow as the buttercups flower. Best control of buttercups is achieved if they are sprayed before flowering. However, replicated Corteva Agriscience trials showed that useful control of creeping buttercup can still be obtained during flowering, but control can be 10% less than from a pre-flowering application. Although our grassland herbicides are not harmful to insects, if spraying during flowering, follow good agricultural practice by timing sprays for early morning or late evening when pollinators are less likely to be active. For best overall control, pre-flowering applications of Envy® at 2.0 L/ha is preferred.

Dandelion can be a troublesome weed in some grassland fields. Although dandelions are palatable to stock, they are relatively unproductive in terms of nutrition and so can reduce the overall productivity of pasture if they are present. Envy at 2.0 L/ha is a good option for dandelion control. As with buttercups, best control is achieved with a pre-flowering treatment. If docks are also present alongside dandelions, then use Doxstar® Pro at 2.0 L/ha.

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...