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Deep surface cultivations help tackle creeping thistle

August 2, 2016 by  
Filed under Machinery

Innovative use of deep surface cultivations may give farmers effective non-chemical control

for creeping thistle.

A group from the Innovative Farmers network is now in year three of trials to control the pernicious weed. The most recent meeting earlier this summer found deep surface cultivations of 20-25cm to be the most

effective of 11 trialled techniques.

Compaction

Deeper cultivations are more commonly used to prevent soil compaction in arable or livestock farming. But they also appear effective in damaging the roots of the thistle, resulting in much less growth than other techniques.

Liz Bowles, head of farming at the Soil Association said: “At the moment we do not know exactly why this technique proved so effective. But we think it is important that cultivations are carried out after thistles stop growing in the autumn.

“This gives time for rhizome degradation to take place over winter when the plant is not actively growing. Treated and untreated thistle rhizomes were dug up and examined in April this year. There was clear evidence of lack of growth and fungal infection in treated plants.”

Techniques

Trial plots at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk were set to test the different techniques. The creeping thistle within the area treated by deep surface cultivation showed definite signs of weakening and the growth seemed to have been depressed.

The trial is set to continue, further honing this technique for increased efficiency. The group will now focus more closely on timing and type of cultivator used and the effect of combining this technique with the Garford hoe.

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