Chemical Control – Italian rye-grass


Control of Italian rye-grass

The best level of Italian ryegrass control is obtained from a sequence of both pre and post-emergence herbicide applications. Single applications made either pre or post-emergence are unlikely to give satisfactory control due to the nature of the weed, it’s germination pattern and strong, competitive growth.

Pre-emergence herbicides based on flufenacet and pendimethalin, such as Crystal, provide the best start to the ryegrass control programme because these two active ingredients show the greatest level of pre-emergence control of Italian ryegrass. The strong residual activity of pendimethalin is especially important because ryegrass can germinate over a much longer period than black-grass.

Pre-emergence herbicides keep on top of the ryegrass, reduce early crop competition, allow the crop to establish better and provide greater flexibility in the timing of the post-emergence gramincide. Applications of post-emergence ALS-inhibitor herbicides after the pre-em herbicide can result in high levels of control.

The following table lists the products that contain flufenacet and/or pendimethalin and are available for use in cereal crops. To get the best control, all of these products should be used either pre or very early post-emergence of the weeds:


BASF recommendations – Pre-emergence Supported tank mixes in winter wheat & winter barley:

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