MANAGING WEEDS... Central Queensland farmer Brendan Swaffer uses zero tillage and controlled traffic farming to combat weeds. MANAGING WEEDS... Central Queensland farmer Brendan Swaffer uses zero tillage and controlled traffic farming to combat weeds.

New weed management strategy paying dividends

CENTRAL Queesland farmer Brendan Swaffer was an early adopter of zero tillage and controlled traffic farming, and believes it is of huge benefit, particularly when combatting weeds.

Every summer, Mr Swaffer targets patches of persistent weeds that survived the winter crop, and follows by applying metolachlor (Group K), providing short-term residual control of germinations triggered by cultivation.

“In summer, we are most concerned with patches of feathertop Rhodes grass appearing,” Mr Swaffer said.

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