Stop cleavers sticking in ears at harvest – act now!

Cleavers in Spring Wheat

Cleavers in Spring Wheat

Cleavers are appearing in many winter and spring cereal crops, threatening to cause lodging and wreak havoc at harvest, says Dow AgroSciences. There is still time to protect crops against pernicious broad-leaved weeds but farmers must act now.

Be aware of digestate destiny from Dow Shield 400 treated maize

Maize has increased its area from around 160,000 hectares in 2010 to close to 200,000 hectares anticipated this year. This increase may be as a consequence of the Three-Crop Rule or to spread the workload or to introduce another break crop on the farm in order to get rid of difficult to control weeds. The majority of maize, according to the June Census 2014, is fodder maize, but there is an increasing area of maize that is grown for AD plants. Last year 17% of the total maize planted (or 29,373 hectares) was grown for this purpose.

Limited spray-days spell trouble for broad-leaved weed control

spraying winter cerealsLeaving broad-leaved weeds untreated in winter cereals could be a recipe for yield disaster, warns Dow AgroSciences, as difficult spring weather creates spray window headaches for growers across the country.

With changeable weather, limited spray days and a range of products to apply, before both timing and growth stages are passed, a herbicide product with flexibility and proven control is a must, says Stuart Jackson, Dow AgroSciences’ herbicide expert.

Timing extension to the EAMU for Dow Shield 400 in game cover crops

Game coverGame cover crops don’t just happen, but need careful managing, with weed control being an essential part of this management. Dow AgroSciences has responded to queries on their Hotline last year and have now got an extended timing application for the Extension of Authorisation for Minor Uses (EAMU) for the use of the herbicide Dow Shield 400 in crops grown for game cover.

Spring cereals call for broad-leaved weed action plan

Spring cerealGetting on top of broad-leaved weed control, without increasing the risk of resistance to sulphonyl urea (SU) herbicides is the challenge faced by Northern and Scottish spring cereals growers this season.