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Successfully managing grassweeds in tillage

Grassweeds in tillage crops are becoming more common but John Mahon,Teagasc ECT advisor, is on this week’s episode of the Tillage Edge podcast and says that any grass weed population can be successfully managed

John says farmers should take a zero tolerance approach to weeds such as blackgrass and ryegrass as these weeds are hugely prolific seed producers and are hard to eliminate if they become established.

There are a number of herbicides, which form part of the control measures, but using the same herbicide types too often will encourage herbicide resistance.  

John points to multiple resistant populations which many Irish farmers are trying to deal with at the moment.

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