Grassland Agronomy Update – March 2017

Welcome to the Grassland Agronomy Update from Dow AgroSciences.

These regular technical notes are a seasonal commentary to help those interested in improving grassland productivity on dairy, beef, sheep & equestrian enterprises.

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Contents

The arsenal for grassland weed control
• Three new solutions for 2017!
• The argument for weed control in grassland
• Legislation made simple
• Grassland weed App essential to recommend Forefront T
• Take the BASIS Grass course
• FAQs
• Dow AgroSciences show calendar


The arsenal for grassland weed control

Herbicide options for grassland continue to disappear!

Hysward, Pastoral Plus, Mircam, Mircam Ultra and Mircam Plus, Trinity, Transfer, Relay P and Grassland Herbicide, can no longer be bought by farmers to treat weeds in their grassland.

Our own much favoured PastorPro® was revoked so that sales ceased from 31st October 2016. Usage on farm can continue though until 31st October 2017. We have a replacement option for this year – Pas.Tor Agronomy Pack. See below.

Many products have lost knapsack use approvals and for some stock exclusion periods have been extended.

Those that are re-registered may have shorter windows of application or dose rate reductions.

We will rely on a smaller number of solutions so stewardship, appropriate use and robust dose rates are key to sustaining those that remain.


Three new solutions for 2017!

With a strong R&D ethos, a reputation for science and innovation and a focus on meeting the needs of the market, Dow AgroSciences is launching three new solutions for the market this year.

There is a new concept for the market: the Pas.Tor® Agronomy pack and two new grassland herbicides – both incorporating the active ingredient florasulam. This is the first new active for weed control and use on grassland for over 12 years.

The two new products, Leystar® and Envy® have received approval from CRD and are available now for recommendation and use as is Pas.Tor Agronomy pack.


Leystar has been approved for use on new sown leys, grass grown for seed and maize. Many grassland herbicides have recently lost approval for use in new sown leys. This option will fill a vital gap. Leystar, with three actives: florasulam, fluroxypyr & clopyralid and so delivers a very wide spectrum of weed control. It controls fat hen, charlock, chickweed, mayweed, seedling docks & thistles and useful activity on redshank, orache, fumitory and others.

Profile:

• 100 g/litre fluroxypyr + 80 g/litre clopyralid + 2.5 g/litre florasulam
• Use at 1.0 L/ha on new sown leys from 1st Feb to 31st August
• Apply from third leaf visible stage of the grass
• Comes in a 2 litre pack and should be applied in 200 litres water
• Will kill clover

Maize

Weeds in young maize crops can also be controlled with Leystar. This is the first approval for florasulam in maize. Combined with fluroxypyr and clopyralid, it presents a comprehensive post emergence broad leaved weed control solution.

Profile:

  • Apply at 1.0 L/ha from 10th April to 31st May and between the 3-6 leaf stage and
  • Do not apply once the crop is over 20 cm tall
  • Excellent control of Black nightshade, field bind weed & black bindweed

Click here for the technical information sheet for Leystar.

 

Envy is a new selective herbicide for grassland. It contains fluroxypyr and florasulam – a new active for established grassland. It delivers excellent control of all species of buttercups. There are three main areas of use:

  1. Use in paddocks and pastures where overgrazing or lack of nutrients creates a weed problem perfect for an Envy treatment
  2. To control chickweed in established pastures. Much better than straight fluroxypyr as it works better in cooler conditions and requires a lower dose of product
  3. To control a wide range of broadleaved weeds in new sown leys

Applied at 2.0 lt/ha, Envy will control buttercups, dandelions, plantain, daisies and docks. It is particularly suited to use in equine grazed paddocks as there are no subsequent concerns with respect to herbicide residues in manure. This is important as dung is frequently picked up and composted before being used in gardens and allotments.

Profile:
• 100 g/litre fluroxypyr + 2.5 g/litre florasulam
• Comes in a handy 3L pack so treats 1.5 ha or 3.7 acres
• A short grazing interval of just 7 days so animals can return quickly
• It can be applied from 1st February to 30th November – so excellent for weed control in autumn re-seeds
• It will kill clover
• The dose rate on established grassland is 2.0 L/ha and so the 3 litre pack treats 1.5 hectares or 3.7 acres
• Apply in a water volume of 200 L/ha.
• Rainfast in 2 hours

Click here for the technical information sheet for Envy.


The Pas.Tor® Agronomy Pack delivers broad spectrum weed control akin to the use of 3.0 L/ha of PastorPro.  Apply 1.0 L/ha Pas and 1.0 L/ha Tor in a mix to get excellent control of docks thistles and nettles. The stock withdrawal period is just 7 days and the combination is very safe to grass.

Profile:

  • PAS contains 150 g/litre fluroxypyr + 150 g/litre triclopyr
  • TOR contains 200 g/litre clopyralid + 200 g/litre triclopyr
  • Each box contain 1 x 2.0 litres PAS + 1 x 2.0 litres TOR and so will treat 2 hectares or 5 acres
  • Water volumes can be reduced to 200 L/ha with air inclusion nozzles
  • For use only in established grassland >12 months old

Click here for the technical information sheet for PAS.TOR Agronomy pack.

 


The argument for weed control in grassland

Livestock farmers do not spend much on agrochemicals, yet the benefits of spraying weeds are clear to see once they have gone.

In the UK & Ireland, we are uniquely positioned to be able to grow grass better than anywhere else in the world. As an asset though it is underutilized and can & should work harder. There is growing interest in maximizing its use driven to a large extent by recent low output prices for milk but also consumer preferences, sustainability, animal welfare, ease of management.

Grass is the cheapest form of feed for ruminants and when managed well provides high quality, nutritious fresh and conserved forage.
Last year April was a very wet month so many dock infested silage fields did not get sprayed. Where infestations remain untreated, weeds will have grown and spread. This spring could see greater demand than usual.

Where broad-leaved weeds grow, grass cannot! A 10% infestation of docks or thistles leads to a 10% grass yield reduction – on a hectare of grassland that’s an extra tonne of grass dry matter, which could give 1,000 extra litres of milk, or allow one more beef animal or five additional sheep to graze, even assuming 50% utilisation.

We need to show livestock farmers how to make ‘more grass from what they’ve got’. Go to the Dow Grassland APP and use the Weed Cost tool to help in this effort.


Legislation made simple

Recent legislation has seen loss of Grandfather Rights & introduction of Sprayer MOTs. Here then a summary of the rules as it relates to pesticides for professional use:

To buy: Anyone can purchase a pesticide for professional use provided they can certify that the application will be done by a suitably qualified spray operator. The obligation is on them to abide by this and it is an offence not to do so.

To apply professional use products, the sprayer operator will need either:

1) A Level 2 Safe Use of pesticide certificate – PA1 & PA2 for boom sprayer or PA1 & PA6 for hand held sprayers. You must have this certification if carrying out spray contracting for 3rd parties, and when spraying your own land.
Or
2) The NTPC Level 2 award in the safe use of pesticides (replacing grandfather rights).

Sprayer MOTs. All boom sprayers greater than 3m width now need a Sprayer MOT issued by the National Sprayer Testing Scheme (NSTS). Hand held and Knapsack sprayers and boom sprayer less than 3m width are exempt from this.

To store Professional use products, a farmer must… have a store that can retain leakage or spillage to a volume of 110% of the total quantity of products likely to be stored (185% if you are in an ‘environmentally sensitive area’). Bunding is the most usual way of achieving this.


Dow Grassland App – your essential support tool for grassland weed control

The Dow Grassland APP now has more details on our new solution Envy and Leystar, and many useful support features.  It must now be used for the stewardship requirements of Forefront®T. Use it to:

• Find the ideal product solution by selecting up to 3 key weeds from the image gallery
• Manage Forefront T stewardship reporting
• Calculate the cost of weeds in grassland
• Get the latest information on our new products
• Use the searchable FAQ database to find answers to your problems.

Forefront T is our most effective long lasting perennial weed control solution for grassland. Its weed spectrum is fantastic and it has the ability to completely transform the productive capacity of a weed infested grass ley.

Its use comes with a requirement for the farmer to be made aware of the subsequent manure management restrictions before purchasing Forefront T, by a BASIS certified advisor. The APP now makes this process quick and eliminates the need for a paper based system.

You can also access APP features and Forefront T stewardship via the internet: http://grassland.farming.co.uk

If you have not already downloaded the Dow Grassland App, use one of these links:

App Store / Google Play / Windows Store 

If the App is already downloaded, please ensure the latest version is being used.


Take the BASIS Grass course

Agronomists with the BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection in grassland and forage crops are able to:

▪ Be aware of the different types of grassland found in the UK
▪ Understand the different plant species used in grassland and their role in production
▪ Explain how plants grow and develop through the season and the effects this has on feed value
▪ Understand how weed problems develop in forage crop situations and the steps appropriate to control them
▪ Appreciate the economic and environmental importance of grass and forage crop pest control
▪ Recognize potential diseases and recommend appropriate methods of prevention, treatment and control
▪ Understand pesticide safety and approve aspects specific to grassland/ livestock farm situations
▪ Understand pesticide application in forage crop situations
▪ Understand aspects of hand-held and small scale/local pesticide application methods.

Visit BASIS: https://www.basis-reg.co.uk/Schemes/BASIS/BASIS-Courses to find out when and where the courses are being run in 2017.


FAQs

Q. The product label says for use in ‘established grassland’, what is established grassland?
A. Established grassland is grass over 12 months old.

Q. Can I use lower water volumes when spraying Dow AgroSciences’ grassland herbicides?
A. You can reduce water volumes to 200 litres/ha if using air inclusion nozzles – watch this short video for further information http://uk.dowagro.com/spraying-grassland-low-water-volumes
Using air inclusion nozzles sustains performance at lower water volumes, as they produce spray droplets that are larger and all of similar sizes, there is less drift and the aerated droplets spread more evenly on leaf surfaces.

Q. Will Envy control all species of buttercups?
Yes – Envy will give good control of buttercup species.


Show Dates

The technical team from Dow AgroSciences will be out and about at many shows and events this summer, talking to farmers and agronomists and answering questions on how to tackle weed problems in their fields.

Catch the team at:

May 16th NSA Welsh Sheep  Brecon, Powys
May 18th NBA Beef Expo  Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire
May 24th & 25th Grassland & Muck  Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire
May 31st NSA Highland Sheep  Strathpeffer,Ross-shire
June 8th NSA North Sheep  Tow Law, County Durham
June 8th Scottish Beef Event  Earlston, Berwickshire
June 20th NSA Sheep South West Tiverton, Devon

 


BASIS POINTS

2 BASIS points (1 crop protection and 1 personal development) will be awarded to those subscribing to Dow AgroSciences’ Grassland Agronomy Update. Please include course name ‘Grassland Agronomy Update’ and ref number: CPE/51889/1617/g, on your training record. If necessary contact Linda (Linda@basis-reg.co.uk) to redeem points. These details are valid until 31st May 2017.


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Envy contains fluroxypyr and florasulam
Forefront T contains aminopyralid and triclopyr
Leystar contains fluroxypyr. clopyralid and florasulam
PastorPro contains clopyralid, fluroxypyr and triclopyr
PAS contains fluroxypyr and triclopyr, TOR contains clopyralid and triclopyr


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