Grains Research and Development

Date: 30.09.2008

Weed Weapon Launched (National, 30 September 2008)

GRDC Western Panel Chair and Kojonup grower, Neil Young, helped launch, with DAFWA Director General, Ian Longson, a new ‘paper weapon’ against weeds at the 2008 Dowerin Machinery Field Days.

The book, ‘Managing wild radish and other brassicaceous weeds in Australian cropping systems’, originally developed by the CRC for Australian Weed Management, is a compilation of on-farm tools for integrated weed management.

Mr Young said it was a valuable tool for growers and contained the most recent information on chemical and non-chemical weed control techniques that could be used strategically during the lifecycle of the plant.

“Wild radish costs WA growers millions of dollars each year in lost production.

“This weed is becoming increasingly resistant to different herbicide groups and if growers can circumvent this by an integrated approach, cropping in WA will be much more productive,” he said.

“Of course, some of the tools suggested carry great risk of doing damage if not handled carefully.”

Free copies can be downloaded from www.crcweeds.org.au/publications

Contact: Neil Young, Mob 0428 918 766 

GRDC Code:CRW5