Bayer's Black-grass Task Force project
Trials can provide a great source for ideas but putting them into practice commercially can be challenging. The Black-grass Task Force project aims to help translate the excellent trials work demonstrating how to control black-grass into field scale practices. This resource brings all the knowledge together, to showcase it and apply it to commercial fields and present the answers and the results all in one place.
Critically, this project will not turn the focus 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 sort other farmers could do on their own farms.
To support the farmers during the project, soil and cultivation specialist Philip Wright and NIAB’s John Cussans will provide guidance on controlling black-grass and growing a profitable crop. 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.