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Strong Against Weeds Together

BASF is on a mission to bring scientific experts, growers and agronomists together to become strong against weeds together. Sharing the latest scientific advice, and hearing from farmers on the front line, we want to create the ultimate guide to eliminating problem grass weeds.​

Knowledge is power.

10 Stop Journey

Battling weeds is a journey. There’s no silver bullet, but a series of decisions and practices carried out throughout the season.

Measurement & Roguing

If you don’t know the extent of your weed infestation, you won’t know If your efforts are making a difference, or even worse, if the weed population is increasing.

Resistance Management

Weed resistance to herbicides is one of the main reasons controlling the weed is so challenging. Resistance strengths can vary, with some strains becoming increasingly aggressive and difficult to control.

Reducing Spread

Another reason weeds are so difficult to control is how quickly they can multiply. This is why you need 97% control to truly irradiate the effects of weeds on your farm, and why nothing can be left to chance. Ensuring seeds are not spread by completely avoidable activity is a crucial part in ensuring your weed strategy does not include a one step forward, two step back approach.

Soil Health

Compared to most arable crops, weeds thrive in cold, wet soil conditions – so they have the competitive advantage from the off, both in terms of physiological development and seed survival. There are some things you can do to make the early life of weeds a little more difficult, and at the same time consider the long term health of your soil.

Rotation

Rotation is a key tool in the box when creating a long-term strategy against weeds. The aim of the game is to deplete as much of the seedbank as possible – It is the battle behind enemy lines.

Cultivations

Cultivation is a widely discussed and much debated topic when it comes to weed control. The real key though is to know when you need to bury it, and when you need to just leave it alone.

Establishment

Achieving optimum establishment conditions depends on the previous cultivation depths, however, the general principle is to try and avoid disturbing weed seeds when drilling.

Spray Application

The goal for pre-emergence herbicides is to get the spray evenly distributed across the soils surface. The key spoilers preventing one achieving this are; the displacement of the spray, by the wind at the time of application, the forward speed of the machine, and the consequential shadowing effect of clods. The most uniform application will be achieved on smooth seedbeds, at low windspeeds, and low forward speeds.

Chemical control

It is now widely accepted that over-reliance on herbicides has led to the resistance issues we now face in the UK. That being said, it is still one of the most vital managing weeds. When used with effective cultural controls, the right herbicide can make a huge difference to the success of your weed strategy.

Research & Development

When it comes to managing weeds, resistance to herbicides isn’t just a fly in the ointment, it’s the barrier stopping UK growers regaining complete control over their fields.

Real Results Virtual Farm

Just like everyone, we’ve adapted to the circumstances and made this year’s Real Results Farm a virtual experience, and we’d love you to be involved.​​

Visit our dedicated arable weed control zone.

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Hardwick Live

The recording from the Hardwick Live webinar in collaboration with Niab is now available on our Real Results Virtual Farm.

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Catch up on our arable weed control Q&A sessions

At the Real Results Virtual Farm, we held a series of Q&As earlier this year which were focussed on black-grass. Watch a recording of the webinars below.

Sarah Cook, ADAS

Sarah Cook, ADAS

The resistance status of black-grass in the UK.

Jenni Dungait, Soil Health Expert

Jenni Dungait, Soil Health Expert

The effect of soil health of grass weed management

Tom Robinson, Spray Application Consultant

Tom Robinson, Spray Application Consultant

Best practice spray application advice for cereal herbicides

Arable Weed Experts

You don’t need to battle weeds alone. That’s why we’ve got the best minds in the business together to help you on your journey with black-grass control, with the best possible advice. New for this year, you can also hear from growers on the front line, who know just what it takes to move the needle on weed control.

Mike Green

Mike Green

BASF, Farmland Sustainability Expert

Angus Murray

Angus Murray

BASF, Technical Services Advisor

Iain Ford

Iain Ford

BASF, Chemical Advice

Mike Wareing

Mike Wareing

John Deere, Machinery

Neil Fuller

Neil Fuller

Soil Specialist, Soil Health & Nutrition

Stuart Kevis

Stuart Kevis

BASF, Chemical Advice

Tom Robinson

Tom Robinson

Application Consultant, Spray Application

Philip Wright

Philip Wright

Wright Resolutions, Cultivation & Drilling

Problems with a particular weed?

Learn more about specific weeds and get information and advice on weed control.​

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Product Information

There’s no such thing as a silver bullet, but our leading chemistry, used alongside cultural controls, can put you back in control of your grass and broad-leaved weed problem. Discover our herbicide solutions.

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