As spring turns to summer, it is important to consider weed control while the weather favours plant growth. When targeting nuisance perennial weeds such as docks, nettles and thistles it is important to apply herbicides when the plants are actively growing.

Most herbicide applications to silage ground occur prior to or just after first cut. Depending on cutting date, the quality and quantity of silage taken will vary, placing greater importance on achieving the best second cut possible.

Perennial weeds such as docks can significantly affect both the quantity and quality of grass harvested, so well-timed herbicide applications after first cut can reap rewards for the rest of the season and even in to the next spring.

Contact H.B.D. Distributors and Crop Care (http://www.hbdcc.co.za) for all your herbicide requirements.

The following schedule should help you identify the most common weeds: