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Our main aim with post sowing managements are:
It can take up to 12 months for the new crop to fully establish. You can start to graze your new ley once the grass roots are strong enough to pass the pull test.
Grazing light covers (800-1000kgDM/ha 7-8cm) frequently encourages tillering as it allows more light to penetrate to the base of the sward.
By encouraging tillering you are creating greater competition for the weeds for light. Greater tillering is an important weapon in our war on new ley weed establishment.
We should try your best to prevent high covers from developing.
All reseeds should get a herbicide within c. 6-8 weeks after reseeding. This is the easiest and most cost effect time to control docks, thistles and chickweed, etc.
At all times we must be responsible with our use of chemicals:
|Clover safe without chickweed||Hygeia DB Plus / Clovermax 10L||Yes||7ltrs/Ha|
|NOT clover safe||Pasture Trio/Esteem*||No||1l/ha|
|NOT clover safe||Envy||No||1.5l/ha|
|NOT clover safe||Hurler/Reaper/Echo Pro||No||1ltr/Ha|
*PastureTrio/Esteem is not licensed for use on new leys after the 31st of August or on established grassland after the 30th September