Battling Black-grass Together 2019

BASF is on a mission to bring scientific experts, growers and agronomists together to take down black-grass. Sharing the latest scientific advice, and hearing from farmers on the front line, we want to create the ultimate guide to eliminating black-grass and other problem grass weeds.

10 stop journey

Battling black-grass is a journey. There’s no silver bullet, but a series of decisions and practices carried out throughout the season.

Measurement & Roguing

If you don’t know the extent of your black-grass infestation, you won’t know If your efforts are making a difference, or even worse, if the black-grass population are increasing.

Resistance Management

Black-grass resistance to herbicides is one of the main reasons controlling the weed is so challenging. Resistance strengths can vary, with some strains becoming increasingly aggressive and difficult to control.

Reducing Spread

Another reason black-grass is so difficult to control is how quickly it can multiply. This is why you need 97% control to truly irradiate the effects of black-grass on your farm, and why nothing can be left to chance. Ensuring seeds are not spread by completely avoidable activity is a crucial part in ensuring your black-grass strategy does not include a one step forward, two step back approach.

Soil Health

Compared to most arable crops, black-grass thrives in cold, wet soil conditions – so they have the competitive advantage from the off, both in terms of physiological development and seed survival. There are some things you can do to make the early life of black-grass a little more difficult, and at the same time consider the long term health of your soil.

Rotation

Rotation is a key tool in the box when creating a long-term strategy against black-grass. The aim of the game is to deplete as much of the seedbank as possible – It is the battle behind enemy lines.

Cultivations

Cultivation is a widely discussed and much debated topic when it comes to black-grass control. The real key though is to know when you need to bury it, and when you need to just leave it alone.

Establishment

Achieving optimum establishment conditions depends on the previous cultivation depths, however, the general principle is to try and avoid disturbing weed seeds when drilling.

Spray Application

The goal for pre-emergence herbicides is to get the spray evenly distributed across the soils surface. The key spoilers preventing one achieving this are; the displacement of the spray, by the wind at the time of application, the forward speed of the machine, and the consequential shadowing effect of clods. The most uniform application will be achieved on smooth seedbeds, at low windspeeds, and low forward speeds.

Chemical control

It is now widely accepted that over-reliance on herbicides has led to the resistance issues we now face in the UK. That being said, it is still one of the most vital managing black-grass. When used with effective cultural controls, the right herbicide can make a huge difference to the success of your black-grass strategy.

R&D

When it comes to managing black-grass, resistance to herbicides isn’t just a fly in the ointment, it’s the barrier stopping UK growers regaining complete control over their fields.

R&D Overview

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Bus schedule

The Black-grass Battle Bus is back and better than ever. Due to popular demand we’ve added to our fleet to give out specialist black-grass advice at a demo day near you.

03 June
04 June
06 June
11 June
18 June
18 June
19 June
20 June
21 June
21 June
24 June
25 June
26 June
27 June
28 June
28 June
02 July
02 July
03 June

Hardwick

BASF/NIAB event at Hardwick, Hardwick Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB23 7QU,
4-7pm

04 June

Abbots Ripton

Frontier Central Open Day, Abbots Ripton Farming Company, Clay Lane, Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon, PE28 2WL
10am-3pm

06 June

Hardys Green

Open Day, I J Macaulay & sons, Beckingham Hall, Hardys Green, Birch CO2 0PA
11am-4pm

11 June

Honingham

Norwich Road, Colton, Norwich, Norfolk NR9 5BZ
4-7pm

18 June

Wingham

GH Grain, The Old Colliery, Staple Road, Wingham, Canterbury CT3 1LS
8.30am-4.30pm

18 June - 19 June

Donnington

Frontier Open Day, The Vineyard, Donnington, Ledbury HR8 2YH
10am-4pm

19 June

Walworth

DKB Open Day, Walworth Grange Farm, Walworth, Darlington DL2 2LY
10am-5pm

20 June

Oakley

Sheardown Farm, Malsanger, Oakley, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG23 7EX
2-6pm

21 June

Ashbourne

Frontier Haywold Trial Site, Huggate, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 9EW
10am-4pm

21 June

Brailsford

Burrows Farm, Burrows Lane, Brailsford, Ashbourne DE6 3BU
8am-12 noon

24 June

Edington Mains Farm, Chirnside

Real Results Open Day, Edington Mains, Chirnside, TD11 3LE
10am-3pm

Register here
25 June

Stonham site

Fram Farmers Open Day, Stonham site IP14 5JJ
9am-5pm

26 June

Streetly Hall, West Wickham, Cambridgeshire

Real Results Open Day, 10am-1pm

Register here
27 June

Top House Farm, Rawcliffe Bridge, Yorkshire

Real Results Open Day, Top House Farm, Rawcliffe Bridge, Yorkshire DN14 8PU
1-5pm

Register here
28 June

Mowness Hall, Stonham, Suffolk

Real Results Open Day, Little Stonham, Stowmarket IP14 5JJ
10am-1pm

Register here
28 June

Hurcott

Real Results Open Day, Hurcott Green, Hurcott, Ilminster TA19 0JS
10am-4pm

Register here
02 July

Wilsford Heath Farm, Ancaster, Lincolnshire

Real Results Open Day, Wilsford Heath Farm, Lincolnshire, NG32 2BS
2-7pm

Register here
02 July

Leintwardine

W/C 2nd July - TBC

Black-grass Experts

You don’t need to battle black-grass alone. That’s why we’ve got the best minds in the business together to help you on your journey with black-grass control, with the best possible advice. New for this year, you can also hear from growers on the front line, who know just what it takes to move the needle on black-grass control.

Black-grass calculator

Using yield loss figures from ADAS over a two year period, we've developed the black-grass calculator - a handy tool to give you a reality check on how much money your black-grass populations are costing.

£750
t/ha in lost revenue
Expected yield (t/ha)
Grain price (£/t)
Calculate

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