The BHU Future Farming Centre:  One day seminar-workshop on non-chemical weed management

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Location is The BHU, at Lincoln University, Canterbury.  Google map, W3W map
Date is Thursday 30 May, from 9.30am to 4.00pm.  Please see the bottom of this page for the detailed time table
Cost is NZ$278.26+GST = $320.00 inc. GST.
Registration is essential places are limited to 35 attendees so register now!

Registration

Registration price includes: workshop participation, free colour copy of the slides (in handout format) & download PDF's of the presentations after the workshop, a free copy of and a colour copy of Merf's recent book chapter "Integrated Weed Management in Organic Farming", morning & afternoon smoko, and a cut sandwich lunch.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.  Please include:

  • Your / your business name and address for the invoice;
  • The number of people from your business who will be attending;
  • If you have an special dietary requirements (smoko will include filter & instant coffee, gumboot tea, a selection of herbal teas and biscuits.  Lunch will be assorted cut sandwiches, including vegetarian, and more tea and coffee. You are welcome to bring you own food if you like);
  • If you want additional copies of the presentation handouts these can be purchased for $17.39 excl. GST ($20 incl. GST) each.  These can also be purchased on the day with cash. (Due to copyright, the book chapter is only available, at the workshop one copy per participant)

and I'll email you back an invoice. Payment is by cheque or online bank transfer on receipt of invoice to guarantee your place(s).  Please note we don't have any credit card facilities, and also please note the cancellation policy below.  If you have any other questions please also email Merf at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel (after payment has been received) up to one week before the workshop starts, i.e. Thursday 23 May at 9:00 am, and you will receive 90% of the fee back (10% being charged for administration and bank costs).
If you cancel between one week and two days of the start of the workshop, i.e. 9:00 am on Wednesday 18 June, you are entitled to a return of 50% of the fee. 
If cancel two days or less before the start of the workshop, i.e. at 9:00 am Friday 20 June or you fail to attend you will not be entitled to a refund. 
If however, you are unable to attend for reasons beyond your reasonable control, (e.g. your flight is delayed), then you can either have a credit towards the next workshop or get a 50% refund.
If the workshop is cancelled by us, e.g. the presenter is sick, then you will be entitled to a full refund, or credit for another workshop, and/or we will endeavour to reschedule the workshop, ideally within a few weeks.  The BHU Organics Trust will not be liable for other costs you incur due to such a cancellation, e.g. flights.

 

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BHU Future Farming Centre Sustainable Agriculture Series - Non-Chemical Weed Management

The next non-chem weed workshop is on Thursday 30th May, at the BHU, at Lincoln University, presented by Dr Charles 'Merf' Merfield, head of the BHU Future Farming Centre, and international researcher on non-chemical weed management. Registration is essential, please Click here for registration information.

Who should attend?
The primary audience is horticultural and cropping / arable farmers & growers. Perennial crop (e.g. vines, apples) producers and pasture managers will also benefit, as will consultants advising farmers & growers, and scientists, especially those transitioning away from agri-chemicals.  The content therefore assumes a reasonable level of understanding and practical experience of commercial agriculture and horticulture and weed management, principally with herbicides.

The benefits of attending
The day gives a systematic overview of non-chemical weed management, providing information on the changing context of weed management, the fundamentals of weed biology and ecology, through to practical know-how of tools and techniques that farmers and growers can use themselves.  See the timetable below for more detail. 

Attendees will be given a bound colour booklet containing all the presentation slides (in handout format), and a colour copy of Merf's recent book chapter "Integrated Weed Management in Organic Farming" published in "Organic Farming: Global Perspectives and Methods" which is aligned with the workshop content. Attendees can also download PDF versions of the presentations after the workshop. 

Some comments from the previous weed management workshop participants
"Great overview and backed up by robust science"
"Highly useful, time to implement theory into practice"
"At the cutting edge"
"Enthusiastic presenter"
"Great discussions"

Timetable and topic information

Time

Duration

Activity

9:30 AM

15

mins

Arrival

9:45 AM

15

mins

Introductory discussion: introduction, participants’ hopes and expectations

10:00 AM

20

mins

Part 1: The Big Picture: A Little Context

 

 

 

Context - the changing face of weed management: resistance and customer / societal attitudes;

 

 

 

Integrated weed management (IWM), how herbicide and non-chem weed management relate;

 

 

 

The different components of non-chem weed management

10:20 AM

10

mins

Discussion / questions and answers

10:30 AM

15

mins

Smoko - refreshments provided

10:45 AM

30

mins

Part 2: Think like a weed:  key biological and ecological knowledge

 

 

 

Lifecycles and morphology

 

 

 

The ‘bud perspective’

 

 

 

The weed seed bank - the ‘root’ of the problem

11:15 AM

15

mins

Discussion / questions and answers

11:30 AM

40

mins

Part 3: Doing it in the field - the weed management hierarchy

 

 

 

Weed seed rain

 

 

 

Rotations what they can and can’t do for weed management

 

 

 

The relevance, and lack of relevance, of soil conditions inc nutrient status for weed management

 

 

 

The role of crop and pasture choice and grazing management

12:10 PM

20

mins

Discussion / questions and answers

12:30 PM

30

mins

Lunch - finger food, tea and coffee provided

1:00 PM

40

mins

Part 4: Doing it in the field - Pre-emergence weeding

 

 

 

Tillage

 

 

 

False and stale seedbeds

 

 

 

Sowing, planting & related techniques

1:40 PM

20

mins

Discussion / questions and answers

2:00 PM

30

mins

Part 5: Doing it in the field: Post-emergence weeding - Contiguous and perennial crop weeders

 

 

 

Broadacre weeding

 

 

 

Interrow weeding - perennials and annuals

2:30 PM

15

mins

Discussion / questions and answers

2:45 PM

10

mins

Smoko - refreshments provided

2:55 PM

40

mins

Part 6: Doing it in the field: Post-emergence weeding - Incontiguous weeders

 

 

 

Intrarow weeding

 

 

 

Hand weeding

3:35 PM

25

mins

Final discussion / questions and answers

4:00 PM

Finish

 

Depart

The workshop officially finishes at 4:00 for people who need to catch flights.  However, for those that have time, another half an hour i.e., up to 4:30 pm, is available for discussions and Q&A