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Fieldwise
AGRONOMY NEWS FROM
SEPTEMBER 2018
Dick Neale
TECHNICAL MANAGER
Effective
black-grass
control revolves
around
soil health
Improving soil health is fundamental to good black-grass
control and the coming weeks are a crucial time to shape
success in the new season.
The 2017/18 season has been
another tricky one for black-grass
control leaving some growers
questioning where to go next.
Black-grass populations in some
winter crops were reportedly higher
than anticipated earlier in the season,
while the wet, cold spring followed
by prolonged hot, dry conditions in
many areas did no favours for spring
cropping, a key tool in the armoury.
The combined effect may well
increase potential seed return this
autumn, requiring “phenomenal
patience” and a willingness to change
soil management, cropping and
agronomy where necessary, technical
manager Dick Neale says.
important factors in black-grass
control. Mr Neale says the best way
to reduce populations is to keep weed
seeds in the top 50mm where they
can be managed-out in a controlled
way, allowing deeper seeds to
degrade naturally.
He believes dry conditions this
harvest provide the ideal opportunity
to transition to a shallow tillage
system on those fields worst-affected
by black-grass.
“Moving from ploughing to only
cultivating the top two inches doesn’t
instantly make soil healthy, because
it’s a gradual process to build-up soil
microbiology, earthworm populations
and structural integrity.
Control needs healthy soil
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Careful soil management and
improving soil health are the most
Fieldwise
ViewPoint
Precision
Agronomy
Matt Ward
SERVICES LEADER
the future
Whilst UK growers are still not
convinced of the benefits of
precision farming, they continue
to look for a way to improve
in-field agronomic decisions
that will increase their efficiency
and profitability.
Until recently, precision farming tools
focussed on using single layers of
field data, usually provided by a single
precision farming business.
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CPD
POINTS
Fieldwise has been allocated 2 BASIS
Crop Protection CPD points for 2018/19.
To claim your points, please email your name and account number,
plus>>>
the reference code: CP/67146/1819/g to site@basis-reg.co.uk
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