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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