Grains Research and Development

Date: 10.05.2011

Brome grass control support

BROME GRASS CONTROL SUPPORT: Grain growers challenged with the task of controlling the problematic brome grass are being provided with a new resource to support their weed management strategies. The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) has developed a new Brome Grass Fact Sheet which details the latest information on this annual weed and the recommended management measures. Widely distributed across the wheatbelt of southern Australia, brome grass is a highly competitive weed which can markedly reduce productivity, with seeds contaminating grain samples and causing injury to livestock. GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair David Shannon says brome grass competing early in wheat at a density of 100 plants per square metre can reduce yields by as much as 30 to 50 per cent. “This well-adapted weed has proliferated in the past decade, due to the absence of effective herbicides for its control in cereals, intensification of cropping systems, especially wheat on wheat, and the introduction of conservation tillage,” Mr Shannon said. “Although it is a major weed of cropping systems in southern Australia, brome grass can be effectively managed and the new GRDC fact sheet provides growers with valuable information on recommended robust strategies, as well as links to other useful resources.” The fact sheet is being mailed to growers in the southern region in the May-June edition of the GRDC’s Ground Cover magazine. It is also available for viewing and download via www.grdc.com.au/GRDC-FS-BromeGrass or by contacting GRDC Ground Cover Direct, free phone 1800 110044 or email ground-cover-direct@canprint.com.au.

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GRDC Project Code COR00019

Region North, South, West