What is happening with these thistles?

How can I encourage my other thistles to look similarly sick?

Will be interesting to see if they survive or die off.



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Arable Farmer
Fen Edge
Apart from the have black fly? I have some similar and have seen it before. I take it you are talking about the bleaching? They still seem to come back.


That's right, there is a patch that are pretty off colour.

I read that bruising them in damp weather can damage them pretty well and lead to rust/fungal problems.

I'll read up on thistle bio control.

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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...