Hand roguing blackgrass.

Joe Boy

Member
Location
Essex
If doing this this week do I need to remove the plants from the field, in which case it's a non starter!

I have done a bit today in fields with low populations and I can make a reasonable difference but only buy chucking them on the ground as I go. Carrying them out would make it too slow.

So are green blackgrass seeds able to grow, I know wild oats can but what about bg?
 

Badshot

Member
Location
Kent
If doing this this week do I need to remove the plants from the field, in which case it's a non starter!

I have done a bit today in fields with low populations and I can make a reasonable difference but only buy chucking them on the ground as I go. Carrying them out would make it too slow.

So are green blackgrass seeds able to grow, I know wild oats can but what about bg?
Yes you do, round here they have a telehandler in the field with the gang.
 

Shutesy

Moderator
Arable Farmer
Think its best to remove them and burn them. Need some sort of under arm bag strapped round the shoulders/back, to spread the weight, to fill up and drop off at the headlands. Its a pretty crap job especially if your on your own :(
 

Will7

Member
BASE UK Member
My gang are on their last day today. Five have of them have been here 8 days and have done 20ha. I have no bad patches and looking from a distance the fields looked clean.
This is not economical so winter wheat is now out the rotation on any fields with a sniff of blackgrass.
We have bagged the bg up and will burn it once it dries
 

franklin

New Member
I'm doing a couple of acres every evening after the children are in bed. Pull a bundle, leave in tramline, come back the next day and stack them at the field edge to burn.
 

Chalky

Member
If its too late to knapsack-then it is too late to use the sprayer in a more serious manner too. Plenty of it by all accounts going on in mid lincs.

Accurate guidance of possible viability in relation to stage of the blackgrass would be helpful- many farmers are taking the max safety level and rogueing, is it strictly necessary?
 

Nick.

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Kenilworth
I hope not, I've been out doing some today.
I'm finding odd plants in previously clean fields. No balers to blame either.
In the seed perhaps ?
 

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