Trials are a great source for ideas but putting them into practice commercially can be challenging. The Black-grass Task Force in Action translates weed management trials work on to a commercial farm.
The project will not turn project fields into a checkerboard trial site criss-crossed with different treatments. It will remain a commercially run field with one or two large scale strip trials to test the effects of different types of management. These large-scale trials are intended to be the kind other farmers could do on their own farms.
Supporting the farmers during the project are soil and cultivation specialist Philip Wright and NIAB’s John Cussans.In addition, Bayer’s field team will complete black-grass plant and headcounts as well as resistance tests to build up a detailed picture of what is happening in the field each year.
Find out what’s going on at each of our Task Force farmers’ locations below.
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Black-grass control is the biggest agronomic challenge facing most UK arable farmers. If you have black-grass, taking steps to reduce the population is key, while farmers fortunate enough to be free of black-grass need to keep it that way.