Take the Black-grass Survey
A new survey is seeking to evaluate growers’ perceptions of where they are in the Battle Against Black-grass – and identify how they perceive the success of the agronomy tools that are now being implemented to tackle issues.
The online survey is an integral part of the Syngenta Black-grass Focus Week, in the run up to Cereals 2016.
The battle with Black-grass has dominated arable agronomy for the past decade. And for most of that time, the yield-robbing weed has been getting progressively worse on most farms, according to Syngenta Communications Specialist, Cat Gray.
“But we are increasingly receiving reports that many growers are getting to grips with the problem and, using a full combination of cultural and chemical controls, there is some optimism that they can both control and successfully reduce weed populations going forward,” she reported.
The survey aims to establish the actual extent of problem Black-grass on farms. It will then look at the various agronomy options that can be employed, and rate the effectiveness that growers consider they provide.
It will also address what herbicide timings growers use, and again how effective they consider the various options.
Finally, it will look at the cost implication of the various measures employed, and seek to put a whole farm cost on Black-grass control, which includes the effects of cultural and chemical control measures across the whole rotation.
“We have tested the survey with a group of growers, and included their positive comments to ensure it will provide useful and thought provoking data that can help on farm with their future agronomy decisions,” added Cat.
Hertfordshire farmer, John Haynes, reported Black-grass undoubtedly has an extremely serious effect on the whole farm profitability and productivity. “But with the package of agronomy we’ve employed over the past three years it is getting better and the measures appear to be working.
“Completing the survey has already stimulated the thought process in my head to assess all the aspects of what we do, and to help prioritise on the bits that we see working most effectively for our farm and system,” he advised.
“We use herbicides at all the key timings, with the pre-crop stubble and pre-emergence applications seen as the most effective options,” added John. “We are looking to maintain our rotation using as many tools as possible, before going down the spring cropping route.”
The quick and easy to complete Black-grass Survey will run prior to Cereals 2016, through to the end of June, added Cat Gray. “We will have some provisional data for growers at Cereals, but a much better full analysis post the event and in time for this autumn’s Black-grass Action Plan.”
The Syngenta Black-grass Focus Week 2016 seeks to share the secrets of the success of some of the growers who have got the problem in check. It also looks at some of the latest science and agronomy that is bringing new control techniques to the fore.
Black-grass Focus Week highlights include:
- Seeing is believing - join us at our black-grass trials sites
- Independent trial days showing new research into integrated black-grass management, including HYVIDO®
- Farm walks with ‘Black-grass Beaters’
- Videos and online support from our application experts
- Test your expertise in our online Black-grass Knowledge Zone
- Learn about the future of weed control - innovation in the making
- Join the discussion on Twitter using #BGTips
Growers can take part in the Black-grass survey now via the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DX3N9TS. Farmers completing the survey will have the chance to win £250 worth of wine vouchers.