Heav­ily in­fested with weeds

Irish Examiner - Farming - - DAIRY SECTOR -

ing. In gen­eral, re­seeds should get three bags of 18.6.12 or 10.10.20 per acre at sow­ing. With min­i­mum cul­ti­va­tion sys­tems, al­ways ap­ply at least 1½ tonnes of lime per acre, to coun­ter­act acid­ity of de­cay­ing ma­te­rial on the sur­face. The fi­nal re­sult from re­seed­ing will gen­er­ally be more af­fected by the stan­dard of sow­ing and sub­se­quent treat­ment than by seed mixes, if rec­om­mended va­ri­eties are used.

New re­seeds should be mon­i­tored closely for at­tacks by slugs, leather jacket, frit fly and rab­bits. Post emer­gence weed con­trol, usu­ally af­ter 5-6 weeks, is es­sen­tial. Seedling docks and this­tles are eas­ily killed at that stage. If al­lowed de­velop, they will cause prob­lems dur­ing the life of the re­seed. Where clover is im­por­tant use a clover-safe spray. The main weeds should be iden­ti­fied be­fore choos­ing an ef­fec­tive spray. Post emer­gence spray will not per­ma­nently kill docks; pre-spray with glyphosate.

Pic­ture: O’Gorman

Meghan Hef­fer­nan, Cor­dan­gan, Co Tip­per­ary, win­ning the semi fi­nal of the Ladies’ All-Ire­land Churn Rolling Cham­pi­onship in Tip­per­ary Town dur­ing the re­cent ‘It’s a long way to Tip­per­ary Fes­ti­val’.

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