By Clayton Plant Protection
Clayton Plant Protection offers a wide range of herbicides for cereal crops this Autumn.
Achieving good crop establishment to maximise yields relies on effective, early season control of grass and broad-leaved weeds. Effective stacking of residual herbicides will help growers achieve the best start. Our products can help put in place the building blocks for successful weed control.
The benefits of early weed control
Weeds compete with the emerging crop for light, soil moisture and nutrients, so can severely damage yield potential in the early stages. It is important to tackle weeds effectively before crop emergence and in the first 7-10 days after crop emergence, to protect against yield losses. For certain weeds including blackgrass there are very few effective post-emergence herbicides, this means tackling these weeds early is the only effective option.
Effective Blackgrass Strategies
It can typically require as few as 10 blackgrass plants/m2 for a potential 5-10% yield loss in wheat.
Combining cultural control techniques with a targeted herbicide programme is essential. Cultural practices like delaying drilling and utilising stale seedbed techniques are vital. Sufficient soil moisture is important for both blackgrass germination and the efficacy of residual herbicides therefore cultivation techniques should be managed accordingly.
Residual stacking is key
Tank mixing and sequencing (where several products are applied in close succession) are more effective at controlling grass weed populations than individual products. Flufenacet is a key active to start with and Clayton’s generic range of flufenacet co-form products Clayton Facet™ / Sabre™ / Aspect™, all formulated to a high quality in the UK, or straight flufenacet option Clayton Tacit™ all offer a great start point for weed control this autumn.
With a broad range covering all of the major active ingredients, our residual product portfolio allows for a robust, targeted programme that can be adapted to individual situations.
Product Profiles – A Quick Guide
Clayton Facet® / Sabre® / Aspect® 400g/l flufenacet and 100g/l diflufenican
Clayton Tacit® 480g/l flufenacet
Clayton Comply® / Obey® 800g/l prosulfocarb
Clayton El Nino® 500 g/l diflufenican
Pendifin™400SC 400 g/l pendimethalin
See the Autumn Cereals Herbicides guide here