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Agronomic tips for integrated brome grass cultivation control

Check out these Integrated Weed Manangement techniques to tackle brome grass species during stubble cultivations and establishment:

 

Sterile (Barren) Brome Bromus sterilis and Great Brome Bromus diandrus

  • Seeds germinate mainly in the autumn, although can germinate in spring in some cases.
  • Keep seeds on soil surface post-harvest to encourage germination.
  • Shallow cultivate as soon as possible after harvest to encourage germination unless straw has been chopped and is providing cover.
  • The use of stale seedbeds is key particularly in reduced or no tillage systems.
  • Burying seed to a depth of 10 cm or greater will help reduce germination.

 

Meadow Brome Bromus commutatus, Rye Brome Bromus secalinus and Soft Brome Bromus hordeaceus

  • The seeds of these species take longer to ripen, so it is advised to leave them a month to allow them to do so on the soil surface.
  • Cultivation immediately post-harvest encourages dormancy in seeds so avoid if at all possible.
  • Cultivate ground after one month, and target new growth with a stale seedbed, particularly in reduced or no tillage systems.
  • Burying seed to a depth of 10 cm or greater will help reduce germination.