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Farmers invited to take part in dock control initiative
2:57pm Friday 6th September 2013 in Farming
FARMERS who have fields infested with docks are needed – to act as demonstration sites.
Dow AgroSciences is planning a new initiative for next year, which aims to show that by selecting the right herbicide and applying it correctly, even the most weed-infested pastures can be rejuvenated, with high and lasting dock control, without the need to establish a new-sown ley.
On selected farms, weed experts from the company will assess the extent of the problem, recommend a solution for a nominal area, and supply herbicide products as required.
In many cases an area will be left unsprayed, to highlight the efficiency of the treatment.
David Roberts, Dow’s grassland agronomist, said docks out-compete grass for nutrients and moisture, but have only 65 per cent of the feed value of grass.
He said: “A 20 per cent dock population leads to a 20 per cent loss in grass dry matter (DM). This could mean losing 2.2 tonnes of grass (DM/ha) capable of producing more than 4,500 litres of milk/ha/year, or 660kg of liveweight gain/ha/year in beef and lamb production. So it is definitely worth getting on top of the problem.”
But weed control has to be done correctly, at the right time and stage of growth to achieve long-term control.
“We hope these demo sites will show farmers how this can be done successfully,” said Mr Roberts.
Farmers who would like to take part should contact David Roberts on 01462-426671 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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