Grassland weed control

A best practice guide to controlling weeds and protecting the environment

While weed control in arable crops is common practice, in grassland it is far less usual. Survey data suggests that little more than 5% of UK grassland receives a weedkiller in any given year and few grassland farmers treat more than 10% of their pasture in any season.

Even though weed control is a small element of grassland farming it is important that the job is done safely, effectively and with care for the environment.

Effective weed control - whether by cultural or chemical means – is an important part of grassland management. Controlling weeds can improve forage yields, quality and longevity. However, a professional approach is vital – both to optimise the benefits of weed control, and also to protect sprayer operators, the environment and the public.

This leaflet aims to help grassland farmers and managers understand:

- The weeds that threaten stock and productivity

- How to improve pasture

- Options for weed control

- The tools available

- Best practice in protecting the environment

This leaflet can only provide general guidance. If you need more information or advice, consult a BASIS registered agronomist or your supplier for information specific to a given farm or field. And always check the product label.