Clockwise from top left: oilseed rape, forage maize growing tall, peas, barley, barley straw, combines rolling in barley, oilseed rape being harvested, skyfall winter wheat.
A grassland herbicide will not cure the underlying problems but will help renovate the pasture to a more productive level for a period of time.
Knapsack control works out more cost-effective if weed populations are below 5% (count number of docks and/or thistles in a 5m x 7m area – this number gives the % weed population).
Choose a product that will deliver a:
- High level of safety so grass growth is unaffected
- Grazing interval that is short so animals can return back to paddocks quickly
- High level of grass safety so grass growth is unaffected.
Common weed problems
Leatherjackets and frit fly can both cause major damage in grassland. Dursban WG at 1.0 Kg/ha or Equity at 1.5 L/ha will provide excellent control of both pests. They can be used on permanent pastures and new leys, and have a wide compatability list for any tank mixing, including Forefront T, DoxstarPRO and Pastor.
Ensure that when using with a conventional boom sprayer, a LERAP three-star low-drift nozzle is used, with a 20 metre no-spray buffer zone beside watercourses.
Poor store hygiene can lead to significant mite and pest attacks of stored grain, which can spoil quality, can be responsible for between 5% and 10% loss of yield or even lead to complete rejection. With harvest not so far away and with control measures starting up to one month before harvest, now is the […]
Cold, dry conditions in the past two weeks, have slowed the regrowth of grass and broad-leaved weeds like docks and thistles, in silage crops cut at the beginning of June. This could delay any between-cut herbicide applications, predicts Andy Bailey, grassland agronomy specialist for Dow AgroSciences. “On farms I have visited in the past week, […]
- Are Dow AgroSciences grassland herbicides clover safe?
- No, clover will be killed or severely checked by applications of Dow AgroSciences’ grassland herbicides. However you can stitch clover back in after six weeks of applying PastorPro, Thistlex, DoxstarPro or GrazonPro. When using Forefront T, clover can be reintroduced four months after application.
- Can any of the Grassland products; DoxstarPro, Forefront T, PastorPro, Thistlex or GrazonPro be tank mixed with MCPA or 2,4-D?
- This approach is not recommended and is not supported by Dow AgroSciences. Quick 'burn down' of top growth with phenoxy herbicides can hinder movement of the translocated active ingredients in DoxstarPro, Forefront T, PastorPro, Thistlex and GrazonPro to the roots, leading to poor levels of weed control.
- Can DoxstarPro, Forefront T, PastorPro, Thistlex or GrazonPro be used on new leys (<12 months old)?
- No. Grassland should be at least 12 months old for all of the above products.
- Can I apply PastorPro through a Knapsack?
- No. There is no approval for hand-held application of PastorPro. Consider using GrazonPro for hand-held applications.
- Can I use GrazonPro on my lawn?
- No. GrazonPro is a professional product recommended for use only as an agricultural herbicide.
- How rainfast is GrazonPro?
- If GrazonPro is applied to a dry leaf it will be rainfast in 2 hours.
- What rate of GrazonPro should be applied through a knapsack?
- 60 ml of GrazonPro in 10 litres water.
- What is the grazing interval for GrazonPro?
- Seven days. Ideally allow 28 days if cutting the field for silage or hay. The seven day exclusion period may need to be extended if poisonous weeds are present.
- Will GrazonPro control chickweed?
- No, but DoxstarPro, Forefront T and PastorPro all give excellent control when applied under the correct conditions.
- What is the best Dow grassland product for cow parsley control?
- GrazonPro offers good control of cow parsley when used at the rosette stage. It is for spot treatment only. Forefront T and PastorPro can be applied through tractor mounted hydraulic sprayers. Forefront T offers moderate control of cow parsley. Forefront T use is limited to grass grazed by cattle and sheep only. Although not as effective at Forefront T, PastorPro offers some control of cow parsley and can be used on field including those for silage and hay.
- What is the cutting interval after spraying weeds in grassland?
- After application of our products leave a minimum of 21 days, ideally 28 days before cutting to allow maximum translocation of the active ingredients down to the roots of weeds.
- What is the grazing/cutting interval after application of PastorPro?
- Seven days for grazing and ideally 28 days if grass is being cut. The seven day exclusion period may need to be extended if poisonous weeds are present.
- Will PastorPro control thistles?
- Yes. Apply at 4.0 L/ha.
- What is the knapsack rate for DoxstarPro, Forefront T, PastorPro and Thistlex?
- These products are not recommended for application through a knapsack. GrazonPro at 60 ml in 10 litres of water is the best product for spot treatment.
- What is the stock exclusion period for hens?
- The same as for livestock: seven days and until foliage of any poisonous weeds such as ragwort has died and become unpalatable.
- What is the stock exclusion period for horses for Doxstar Pro, GrazonPro, PastorPro and Thistlex?
- The same as for livestock: 7 days and until foliage of any poisonous weeds such as ragwort has died and become unpalatable.
- What products do Dow AgroSciences recommend to control brambles in grassland?
- Brambles should be sprayed between June and August, when plants are actively growing, but before plants begin to senesce in the autumn. It is essential that all foliage is thoroughly wetted or incomplete kill may result. The maximum concentration must not exceed 60ml of GrazonPro per 10 litres of water. Blaster Pro can be used to control brambles in amenity grass.
- What water volumes do I need to control docks in established grassland with Doxstar Pro?
- Whenever DoxstarPro is used in established grassland the rate of water should always be 300-400 L/ha.
- Will any Dow AgroSciences product control ragwort in horse paddocks?
- No Dow AgroSciences product is recommended for control of ragwort in horse paddocks. The best method of control is to dig them up. 2,4-D can be used as an overall spray.
- Will DoxstarPro, Forefront T or PastorPro control large flowering docks?
- No. They must be topped and allowed to regrow. Treatments should then be made under good growing conditions to actively growing plants when they reach the rosette stage.
- Will Thistlex control dandelions?
- Yes, but it is not an 'on label' weed. Consider topping dandelions and then applying Thistlex 2 - 3 weeks later at the rosette stage of the weed.