Root crops and grass weeds

mountfarm

Member
I cannot find the article but I’ve read recently some young farmer pontificating about the benefit of root crops (potatoes in his case) as part of his armoury against grass weeds. Basically he was renting land out to a potato grower because he believed it helped his war against grass weeds. Now obviously there’s chemistry available to root crops that’s not available to cereals but surely mixing up about 14 inches of soil to get the potato seedbed makes the issue worse by mixing grass weeds through the entire usable soil profile. Or is he right? The combination of ploughing, battering the soil into a very fine tilth and then root crop herbicides works? Also I guess with regards to potatoes they shade out other competition quite quickly as well. Any views?
 

Bogweevil

Member
He might plough the weed seeds deep, make the ridges without bringing up the weed seeds and establish subsequent crops by min or no till?
 

Andrew K

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Essex
He is breaking the normal BG establishment cycle by planting a late spring sown crop, with a vigorous smothering habit and is able to use different chemistry and mechanical weeding as well if required.
 
Spuds are great for grass weeds.

Different chemistry. Very rapidly growing smothering type crop which will fight a lot of weeds nearly to death. Later spring establishment, also ploughing and deep tillage involved a lot of the time.

It's a combination of chemistry and cultural controls that weeds really hate.
seems to be huge reliance on centurion max to me for break crops. An ALS product with no alternative when its gone. Ticking clock!

Centurion max is clethodim. It's an ACCase.
 

Adeptandy

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
PE15
Rotary Cultivators really mix the profile, was the main reason I went DD to stop the mixing and try and reduce the BG. making strides with that, but year 2 and looking like a below average year due to a few errors of judgement/lessons learnt. :X3:
 

farmerfred86

Member
BASIS
Location
Suffolk
Spuds are great for grass weeds.

Different chemistry. Very rapidly growing smothering type crop which will fight a lot of weeds nearly to death. Later spring establishment, also ploughing and deep tillage involved a lot of the time.

It's a combination of chemistry and cultural controls that weeds really hate.


Centurion max is clethodim. It's an ACCase.
Yes youre right, Fops,Dims and dems all a delicate product in terms of resistance. Think fusillade max. If this is lost it leaves little option. Beet for example....
 

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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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...
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