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Help at hand for dock-infested fields
4:20pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in Rural Focus
DOW AgroSciences wants to hear from farmers with fields with a high number of docks for a new initiative being launched next year. The aim is to show farmers that, by selecting the right herbicide and applying it correctly, even the most weedinfested pastures can be rejuvenated, with high and lasting dock control, without the need to establish a new-sown ley.
On selected farms, weed experts from the company will assess the extent of the problem, recommend a solution for a nominal area and supply herbicide products as required. In many cases an area will be left unsprayed, to highlight the efficacy of the treatment.
Dow grassland agronomist David Roberts said: “Docks out-compete grass for nutrients and moisture and have just 65 per cent of the feed value of grass. A 20 per cent dock population leads to a 20 per cent loss in grass dry matter.
Weed control has to be done correctly, at the right time and stage of growth to achieve longterm control. We hope these demo sites will show farmers how this can be done successfully.”
Farmers who would like to take part should contact David Roberts on 01462 426671 or email email@example.com.
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