Controlling Grassland Weeds During Spring

A series of solutions aimed to increase your grass yields this spring.

Nufarm offers complete solutions to agronomic challenges in grassland​. 

We aim to help make decision making easier for agronomists, retailers, contractors and farmers this spring period by helping increase your grass productivity.

On this page you will find our Grassmanship Agronomy Solutions, which lists different products and mixes applicable to the various situations in grassland. Whether that be for Clover safe mixes that deal with broad leaf weeds while leaving Clover untouched, through to sward destruction.

These solutions focus on ensuring higher, long-term productivity from your grass crop, which is vital for profitability. As we know, grass yields decline over time partially due to an increase in broadleaved weeds out competing the grass. That’s why you will see us use the line maximise your profits from grassland often. For more on grassland productivity click here

Some of the key weeds to target during the spring season are Docks, Thistles,  Nettles, Fat Hen, Redshank, Black Nightshade, Dandelion, Chickweed, Buttercup and Cow Parsley. 

Target Weeds:
Docks, Nettles, Dandelion, Thistles, Chickweed & Buttercup.


 

Here to help:

Brent Gibbon
Grassland Agronomy Manager

Mob: 07760 124889
[email protected]

Grassland Technical Bulletins

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Recommended Grassland Products

Kyleo

160 g/l 2,4-D + 240 g/l glyphosate

  • Fast and long lasting action- one application for target weeds.
  • The combined modes of action result in faster, longer lasting and enhanced efficacy.
  • Grassland destruction recommendation giving improved and quicker control of weeds such as Docks.

 

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Tomahawk 2

200 g/l fluroxypyr

  • Nufarms fluroxypyr post emergence herbicide.
  • Great partner for phenoxies. 
  • Nettle, Dandelion, broad leaved Docks and Chickweed are all  controlled by this new EC formulation of fluroxypyr in both permanent pasture and new sown leys.

 

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Thrust

344 g/l 2,4-D + 120 g/l dicamba

  • Flexible, robust product that can be used on established grassland.
  • The combination of the two actives give very effective control of the key grassland weeds.
  • A highly cost effective treatment which can be used to control perennial and annual broad leaved weeds and as part of a Ragwort eradication programme.

 

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PastureMaster

360 g/l 2,4-D + 315 g/l MCPA

  • A unique herbicide for the control of perennial and annual broad leaf weeds in newly sown grass leys and established grassland.
  • MCPA provides effective control of Thistles, Buttercups and Soft Rush.  2,4-D’s main strength are Dock weeds and Ragwort.
  • Approved for use on new leys from three leaf stage.

 

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Squire Ultra

75% w/w amidosulfuron

  • Squire Ultra is a clover safe sulphonylurea herbicide for the control of docks and some annual broad leafed weeds in grassland.
  • Can be used in rotational and established grassland.
  • One of few Dock killers which is safe on white clover.

 

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SmartGrass

400 g/kg gibberellic acid

  • Foliar plant growth enhancer that increases dry matter production when cool weather conditions limit growth.
  • Speeds up early grass growth in the spring.
  • Can produce up to 50% more than the untreated, 21 days after application.

 

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Depitone Ultra

600 g/l 2,4-D

  • Phenoxy herbicide formulated to work in a broad range of situations.
  • For use as a selective herbicide for the control of weeds in winter and spring cereals, grassland (agricultural and amenity uses) and managed amenity turf.

 

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The importance of grassland productivity

Good Grass Matters.

How much grass you grow determines how much stock you can carry. Higher grassland productivity means higher stock numbers, higher yields and higher profitability per hectare.

Weeds and pests in pasture compete for space, light, soil moisture, soil nutrients and reduce pasture productivity resulting in poor quality pasture. The purer the stand of high quality grassland, the better your productivity. This is why it is important to have a well planned grassland management programme which is reviewed continuously.

Thinking Long Term.

The Nufarm Grassmanship programme has been designed to provide you with information on management practices that will help your farm’s long-term productivity and profitability. It outlines grassland renewal programmes and provides advice on “best choice” products for the most commonly occurring weed and pest problems in UK grassland and how to maximise the productivity of your grass.

Grassland Productivity.

The yield from grassland leys decline over time. This is due to less productive “weed grasses” invading the sward, an increase in broad leaved weeds, flooding, poaching etc. The introduction of new improved grass species to these paddocks, through an on-going pasture renewal programme, markedly improves their productivity and consequently total farm productivity and profitability.

How does controlling weeds bring financial returns?
Controlling weeds from 10% infestation level…

*Return on investment (RoI)
*calculated with a concentrate feed cost of £210/t.
**milk price of 28ppl