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Grazing cereals

Full project title:

Winter grazing cereals: The effects on crop-weed competition and grain yield

Contract period:

1 October 2014 to 31 December 2016

Main funder:

DFF

Contact staff at ORC:

Mr. Dominic Amos

Other staff involved:

Ambrogio Costanzo Anja Vieweger

Project aims

Black-grass is a particularly pernicious and difficult to control annual weed on both, organic and conventional farms across Britain. Evolved herbicide resistance and later germination means black-grass is becoming even harder to control through normal methods of pre-emergence spraying and false seed beds.

This project aims to assess whether traditional methods of grazing winter cereals with sheep before and/or after the winter months in combination with an early sown crop can have a beneficial impact on crop weed competition without grain yield loss as a result of grazing.

ORC's role

ORC will manage a two year trial at John Pawsey’s Shimpling Park Farm, Suffolk. The two year trial will look at early and normal sowing timings and either grazed or un-grazed treatments in a winter wheat field with significant black-grass infestations.

Current progress highlights

All sources of funding

Duchy Future Farming Programme