Controlling creeping thistle field lab

Event Date : June 22, 2016

Innovative Farmers field lab on Sandringham Estate

What are the best non chemical methods to control creeping thistles in arable crops? This Innovative Farmers meeting will check back on how some of the different treatments are working more than one year after the treatment. This applies to sub-soiling, weed pepper and mineral applications.

The aim of the trial is to determine the effect of the treatments on the thistle population and the crop. Eleven treatments are being investigated, including the use of an electrical weeder, comb cut, weed surfer and Garford hoe on the cereal crop, fallow cultivations with sweep tines, thistle bar and subsoiling, sowing a buckwheat green manure, applying magnesium and manganese, Biodynamic pepper, and Saltex.

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