Guidelines for minimising the risk of glyphosate resistance development published by the Weed Resistance Action Group (WRAG) are just what UK growers and agronomists need to safeguard the single most vital weapon in their grass weed control armoury. As such, these guidelines should form the essential basis for all glyphosate use from now on.
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It is a known fact that the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has withdrawn all glyphosate-based plant protection products containing polyethoxylated tallow amine as a formulation component.
Contractors are reaping the benefits of a new formulation for Monsanto’s Ecoplug Max, now fully available from distributors.
Grazing livestock producers should be re-seeding 5-10% of their grassland area each year on a carefully-planned basis for the greatest productivity and profitability. They should to do so in programmes that combine the most effective new sward establishment with the least time out of production. And they should look beyond ryegrasses alone to other species in general and hybrid festuloliums in particular for the most palatable and robust seed mixtures.
Currently there are no known cases of glyphosate resistance in the UK; to help ensure this remains the case the Weed Resistance Action Group have issued guidelines for minimizing the risk of it developing.