Competition seeks worst weed problems

Competition seeks worst weed problems

Monday, June 7, 2010

Weedy grass fields are often an embarrassment, but Dow AgroSciences' photo competition means five producers could snap up expert advice and free weed control this spring, if they have the 'worst weeds' in the UK.

Grassland farmers are being encouraged to email up to three photographs of their weed infestations to worstweeds@war.uk.com by midnight Friday 19 June 2010.

The five winners - judged to have the 'worst weeds' - will each receive a visit from a Dow AgroSciences technical specialist to suggest suitable long-term control options, and up to £150 of a suitable herbicide.

"This has been a very challenging season, with a very late start to grass growth," says Robin Bentley, grassland herbicides product manager for Dow AgroSciences.

"When temperatures finally come right, farmers will be looking to grow and use as much grass as possible. Where weeds are a problem, it will be important to select herbicides that do not adversely affect grass growth, such as Doxstar or Thistlex.

 "Our competition aims to encourage farmers to take a good look at weed levels in their pastures, and to consider how much more grass they could grow, for cutting or grazing, without the weeds."

The competition is open to all producers in the UK with more than 10ha of pasture.  The winning pictures will be those the judges feel show the worst weed infestations out of all the entries submitted. The winners will be announced on www.grassbites.co.uk on Monday 28 June 2010. The visit by the Dow AgroSciences technical specialist will take place in July 2010.

For a full set of terms and conditions visit www.grassbites.co.uk.

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