Ragwort – biology and identification:
● Common ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) tends to be found on poor quality pastures which are fairly open in nature as a consequence of poaching, poor quality soils and over or under grazing
● Ragwort is normally a biennial plant. A rosette in its first year that in its second year sends up one or more leafy unbranched stems that usually extend to 30-90cm high
● Flowering usually from June until late October, the seeds are borne singly and have a downy appendage making them readily dispersible
● Can also behave as a perennial, flowering every year, after damage to the crown from cutting, poaching or damage by machinery or incomplete/ineffective hand pulling in dry weather.
Control ragwort because:
● Under The Noxious Weed Act of 1959, an occupier may be served with a notice requiring the destruction of the noxious weeds. Failure to comply can result in prosecution or a penalty can be imposed on your single farm payment under the cross-compliance conditions
● Ragwort poses a serious threat to livestock health
● Left unchecked it can quickly spread and reduce available grazing.
Forefront T will give the best possible levels of long-term control of ragwort in grassland. It must only be used on grazing ground grazed by cattle or sheep. Manure restrictions apply.
Seek advice before use.