Weed control – Crops have competitive edge

Written by cpm from CPM Magazine

Download PDF As a relatively dry and kind winter morphs into spring, CPM asks agronomists from across the UK how weed control is likely to differ this season. We’re seeing hedge-to-hedge cropping compared with last year, when crop cover was quite sporadic. By Phil Garnham The challenges of the past two miserable autumns meant that the battle against weeds was almost lost before it had begun. The biblical rainfall caused many to drill late, some weren’t able to get any autumn herbicides on and all too soon blackgrass was visible as far as the eye could see. This year has been very different. A mild autumn presented an opportunity to create a decent seedbed, get drilling done early, put on pre-emergence sprays and drill before January. So does this mean we won’t have so much to worry about this year? When it comes to agronomy, nothing is ever straightforward, says Dick Neale, technical manager of Hutchinsons. “This year is a completely different situation and farmers should be prepared for a very different scenario compared with recent years. Expect to see more crop competition. There’s much better crop establishment and we’re seeing hedge-to-hedge cropping compared with last year, when crop cover…
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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...