• Philip

Later Harvest

Maize is inevitably one of the later crops to harvest. Linseed typically held this accolade but in more recent years it has been cleared from fields in good time. One other crop that is becoming more visible from the road side verge is that of Canary Seed. A crop grown for bird seed, its popularity on farm is increasing.

It is a grass and so killing it with Glyphosate is not as difficult as killing Linseed. Both crops can easily grow tall, by that I mean Linseed can reach 900 mm tall where as Canary grass 1200 mm. At this height both have a propensity to lodge.

Long straw together with lodging does then not make for ease of combining so the crop needs to be “dead” (along with any weeds) and then it needs to be dry to maintain combine work rates in the field.

Glyphosate can be used with additives of one sort or another. The additive has done what? Increased rain fastness or improved overall percentage kill of its target? Or did it do something else?

Historically the cost of Glyphosate has been “less than” that of the additive so inclusion of such has been financially questionable. Now that the Glyphosate price has risen, do additives have a financial benefit?