LAMMA is the UK’s largest agricultural trade show, where over 850 exhibitors will host the most extensive array of farm machinery, equipment, and services to be found in one location anywhere in the UK.
Rapid diagnostic testing for septoria and resistant black-grass and a new forecasting system to determine risks from pests and diseases were among the demonstrations at a CHAP Farmers Day, held near York
For those for whom black-grass is an increasing problem, cultural controls – particularly delayed drilling, seedbed quality and seed rates – are the first priority, followed by the right combination of pre- and peri-emergence herbicides, says independent agronomist Jonathan Olver.
With glyphosate resistance a potential threat to UK arable production there are some key management strategies growers can adopt to maximise its efficacy when controlling black-grass ahead of autumn drilling.
Results have been published by Monsanto from a national grass-weed study it conducted in 2016 which shows a sizeable increase in grass-weed problems on farms compared with an earlier study carried out in 2000.
Improved soil structure, nutrient retention and enhanced soil organic matter levels are just some of the suggested benefits associated with cover cropping, but does the strategy directly impact on weed populations?