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Ben Giles, Commercial Technical Manager, points out the ideal timing for an Atlantis WG application for the treatment of black-grass

Black-grass is at the right growth stage to be hit by Atlantis WG, so Bayer is advising farmers to get out and spray if conditions are right.

On a recent visit to a Northamptonshire farm, Bayer’s Ben Giles checked the progress of black-grass in October drilled crops.

“There was plenty of black-grass from one to three leaves – quite simply this is the perfect growth stage for Atlantis WG (mesosulfuron + iodosulfuron) if you can get on,” says Ben. You can watch Ben checking this field in the video clip below.

Of course, the weather is a challenge at this time of year,” continues Mr Giles, “but it hasn’t been too cold or too wet in many places up till now, so there might still be opportunities to spray.”

Mr Giles emphasises that growers shouldn’t be put off by any bleaching of black-grass caused by the pre-em, a post-em is still taken in by bleached leaves leading to the desired effects.

For people who are able to get on and spray, Ben offers the following advice: “Make sure there is sufficient drying time, days are short so don’t make a mistake with your best chance for black grass control.

“Pair 0.4kg/ha Atlantis WG and biopower with 0.3L/ha Liberator (flufenacet + diflufenican) to give increased protection against newly emerging weeds into the spring.”