Managing herbicide resistance

Written by Charlotte Cunningham from CPM Magazine

Download PDF Though the launch of Luximo may change the game for grassweed control, IPM will still be the core strategy in the battle against blackgrass. CPM explores the topic. It’s important to do as much as you can before you open the can. By Charlotte Cunningham The chemical armoury has declined rapidly over the past 10 years, leaving growers grappling for solutions – particularly against yield-robbing grassweeds like blackgrass. As such, there’s been an increase in adoption of integrated pest management (IPM) strategies on farm – with growers trying everything from rotational ploughing to spring cropping in a bid to wage a war on blackgrass. However, few can deny that there wasn’t a collective sigh of relief when BASF announced a new mode of action was on the horizon within its specialist grassweed herbicide, Luximo (cinmethylin). But that’s not to say everything that’s been learnt about controlling grassweeds should be forgotten, says Steve Dennis, BASF’s head of business development. “As much as Luximo does usher in a new dawn for weed control, that doesn’t mean we should forget everything we’ve learned over the past decade about the role cultural and non-chemical controls have to play in sustainably reducing weed…
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Five nature-recovery projects spanning 100,000ha launched

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Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland

Five nature-recovery projects spanning nearly 100,000ha across the West Midlands, Cambridgeshire, the Peak District, Norfolk and Somerset have been announced by the government and Natural England today (Thursday, May 26).

This is the equivalent in size to all 219 current National Reserves.

The aim of the projects is to deliver nature recovery at a landscape scale, helping to tackle biodiversity loss, climate change and improve public health and well-being.

All five projects will make a significant contribution towards the national delivery of the international commitment to protect at least 30% of land and...